Poway Scripps Rotary Club Knows How to Have Fun in the Summer

Summer is well underway, and members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps kicked it off at the Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park. Sponsoring the concert series is just one of the club's many projects it supports. 
Combining business with pleasure is what we call attending the District Governor's Dinner. What a way to welcome our incoming president, Sumedh Bahl.
 
Last year, Villa de Vida opened in Poway but due to Covid was unable to celebrate. This year the club organized and provided food for the one-year anniversary. This 52-unit apartment complex is dedicated to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The residents are able to live as independently as possible with support and community enriched activities to meet their needs. 
 
It wasn't all work though as members made time to take in a Padres game. As summer winds down, the club is busy organizing the 57th Annual Poway Rotary Parade to be held Sept. 10.
Poway Scripps Rotary Club Knows How to Have Fun in the Summer 2022-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

August is Membership and Club Development Month

 
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, a time to recognize our members and the incredible work they do locally and globally. In 2021, many Rotarians around the world worked together to curb the pandemic through vaccination drives. After a long year of uncertainty, hope is on the horizon.  In 2022 many clubs began efforts to help refugees escaping the war in Ukraine. There are so many ways to engage members.  Are you sharing your story?  Click read more for additional information on how your club can attract new members.
 
August is Membership and Club Development Month 2022-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA is Back!
 

 
RYLA is back and better than ever.  There are a lot of details, including credits that relate to the unfortunate cancellation last year so please click read more to get all the details.  To sign up for ongoing updates for this year's RYLA, click here.
RYLA is Back!  2022-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Time to Start Planning for the 4-Way Test Speech Contest

 
It's time to start planning this year's Rotary 4-Way Test Speech Contest.  The District's 4-Way Test Speech Contest is a huge amount of fun for the clubs and the students and is one way for us to recruit future Rotarians!  Together we can offer a hand in helping our youth find their voice for the future. There are several good reasons to participate.  Click read more to find out what they are.  
 
Time to Start Planning for the 4-Way Test Speech Contest 2022-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Club Profile - Rotary Club of Del Mar

 
Sharon Schendel is the President of the Rotary Club of Del Mar. She shared on the club's website that for most of her life, she was content to be in the background, taking direction from others. The members of the Rotary Club of Del Mar and the projects they spearhead inspired her to take a leadership role. She shares that every day, members of Rotary Club of Del Mar imagine how they might make the world a better place. She has captured the essence of the club in a video that shows how the Rotary Club of Del Mar's projects are helping enhance their own community, and communities around the world. We are using this video as the club profile for this outstanding Rotary club.  To view the video, please click here.  
 
We highly encourage Rotary clubs to make use of technology and social media to tell your stories.  Let's spread the word about how we can imagine a Rotary that truly makes a difference. This video is an outstanding example.  
Club Profile - Rotary Club of Del Mar 2022-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

El Cajon Rotary Holds Successful Fundraiser

At this year's "Margaritaville" fundraiser for the El Cajon Rotary, the Club "Raised-the-Paddle" in honor of Rotarian Harold Brown who recently passed away and was the CEO of the East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) raising donations in the amount of $14,600 for the organization.  
 
In addition, the evening netted ~$29,000 plus a $20,000 match from the El Cajon Rotary Foundation.  The combined amount will allow the Club to distribute grants totaling ~$49,000 at the Club's annual "Grant Dinner Night" in September.
 
Photo:  Left to Right: Joe Mackey, Gala Chair, Jacky Brown, ECTLC, Helen Zamora, ECTLC, Ivan Andujar, ECTLC, Alison Cummings, club member, & Stu Scott, President. 
El Cajon Rotary Holds Successful Fundraiser 2022-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2025-2026 NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

 
The District 5340 Nominating Committee is now accepting completed application forms for the Governor of District 5340 for Rotary Year 2025 – 2026.  The application deadline is October 10, 2022. 
 
All nominations must be submitted on the District Governor-Nominee Application Form.  
 
Fully completed forms can scanned and emailed to Dan Gensler at dgensler@rotary5340.org or submitted to the District mailing address: District 5340 – DG Nomination Committee, 5052 Clairemont Drive #178651, San Diego, CA  92117. 
 
Interviews will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2022. 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2025-2026 NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED 2022-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame Welcomes Three into its Ranks

Rotarians Bill Chaffin, Mike Fuqua and Jim Hyldahl become newest members of the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame.
 
Bill Chaffin, Mike Fuqua and Jim Hyldahl were honored for their leadership and contributions with membership in the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.  More than 80 community members gathered for the celebration at Silvergate Rancho Bernardo to welcome the three men into the elite organization.  They are the 122nd, 123rd and 124th inductees since the organization formed in 1974. The RB Hall of Fame recognizes those who have contributed significant volunteer leadership in the community.

Chaffin was to be honored in March 2020, but the ceremony was postponed due to COVID shutdowns. He has since moved from Poway to Las Vegas. His business partner, Alex Monroe, accepted Chaffin’s award on his behalf.

The organization did not select honorees in 2021.

The Class of 2022 members are Fuqua, who lives in The Lakes neighborhood west of Rancho Bernardo, and Hyldahl, a Poway resident. Both were nominated by 2019 inductee Don Glover.  Glover spoke first of Fuqua’s contributions following 25 years as a Naval aviator and subsequent career in the defense industry.  They met nine years ago, and Glover invited Fuqua to a Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo meeting. That led to Fuqua being the club’s 2017-18 president, an RB Rotary Foundation chair and an assistant district governor for Rotary District 5340.  His community contributions include creating the Vines & Vittles festival, a fundraiser benefiting Rotary projects and the RB Historical Society. Its inaugural festival in 2019 raised $90,000.  Fuqua also made sure that through Rotary tens of thousands of dollars in funding and assistance was provided during the pandemic to community members, including caregivers and students, Glover said.  His other volunteer activities included assisting with RB’s Spirit of the Fourth festivities.  “Mike shows one can be a leader and also a worker bee and this is why he deserves to be in the RB Hall of Fame,” Glover said.

“I am very surprised to be standing here today, as surprised as I was several months ago ... (when told) I was selected,” Fuqua said during his acceptance speech. “I was literally speechless. To think of the leaders who have been given this, it is just beyond belief that I was selected for this. ... I am honored to be part of that group.”

Fuqua said soon after attending his first meeting he knew Rotary would be his home.  “I discovered that I get more than what I am giving, and the Rotarians have become family,” he said, noting how Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self.”  “We take the idea of service seriously and I’d say we’ve done pretty well. We like to think of ourselves as people of action ... we know we are making a difference.”  Saying none of the successes in his careers or life would have been possible without the support of Patty, his wife of nearly 51 years, Fuqua dedicated his RB Hall of Fame award to her.

Glover also spoke of Hyldahl’s many contributions to RB following 17 years in the health industry and another 41 in the investments field.
 
Hyldahl joined the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo in 1997 and was president in 2005-06. He is its foundation past-president and has led the club’s community service efforts for the past four years.  His leadership in community service has made tangible improvements in RB residents’ lives, Glover said.  Hyldahl spearheaded free neighborhood cleanups — three were held in Seven Oaks, two in Oaks North and this spring the project expanded to Westwood.  “Each (clean-up) helped 200-plus families each time,” Glover said.  It was Hyldahl’s leadership that got Rotarians over the past two years to replace more than 90 Neighborhood Watch signs in Seven Oaks and Mirador, Glover said. Glover also mentioned Hyldahl’s volunteer work on the Poway Symphony Orchestra and Guide Dogs of America nonprofit boards, his early support for the Pathway of Pride and volunteerism with Spirit of the Fourth.
 
When speaking to the crowd, Hyldahl said the Rotarians have become his extended family and he enjoys what he does.  “I love community service, I really do,” he said. “I am pleased and privileged to be here tonight with good people and givers to others.”  Hyldahl said his volunteerism did not begin until age 57 when he joined Rotary. In retrospect, Hyldahl said he wished he had realized the value of community service when he was younger.  Addressing his two grandchildren, who are now 20 and 30, in the audience, he said he wants them to learn this lesson at a younger age.  “Giving is better than receiving, you have 10 times the joy,” Hyldahl said. “Your median age is 25. I waited 32 years beyond that to engage in service to others, after I was financially secure, and my children grown.  “I missed the opportunity for fuller life experiences that beginning at your ages I would have met,” he said. “Begin now so you can experience giving to others in need. Find a service venue ... whatever course you choose your grandparents will be there to support you.”

As for Chaffin, nominator and 2009 inductee Marty Judge praised him for his fundraising leadership that benefitted the community in many ways.  Judge said he first met Chaffin in 2000 through the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo. Soon after, Chaffin introduced him to the Blue-Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway, for which he was raising more than $200,000 to construct an amphitheater, paved areas and build walking trails.  “He transformed it from an eyesore to a garden spot,” Judge said.   In 2004, Chaffin came up with another fundraising idea, this time to benefit the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation that would use the funds to provide many RB organizations and projects with community grants and grow RB’s endowment.  He promoted a program that raised more than $100,000 for the RB foundation’s efforts when hundreds of community members went on cruises over the years, Judge said.  “Bill Chaffin is a master fundraiser,” Judge said.  He also recalled how in 2009 Chaffin led the Palomar Health Foundation’s fundraising efforts for hospital construction and other needs. Judge said Chaffin’s predecessor as board chair raised $2.1 million for the campaign. During his year leading the board Chaffin’s efforts led to $4.75 million collected.  For seven years he also led the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club’s Rancho BEERnardo Festival. In its most recent year, it attracted a crowd of 1,000 and raised $120,000, Judge said.  
 
Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame Welcomes Three into its Ranks Elizabeth Marie Himchak 2022-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

A Look at the E-Club of San Diego Global

 
The Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global was started in February 2016 and is one of the few Rotary E-Clubs in the District. We meet once a month via Zoom to connect and discuss our projects and we also invite guest speakers to converse about relevant topics to Rotary’s mission. We engage our members and visitors virtually, but we also meet in person a few times a year. We are a group of professionals from all backgrounds and diverse countries united by the purpose to help our local and global communities.

We are a small Rotary Club with a strong international focus. Many of our members have international roots and are interested in supporting global Rotary projects. In the brief time we have been chartered we have collaborated with other clubs and organizations and completed District and International grants. Some of these grants are:
 
A Look at the E-Club of San Diego Global 2022-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

District Environmental Sustainability Committee

The next meeting of the District Environmental Sustainability Committee is on Monday August 1 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Elektra Fike-Data and James Berry from Tree San Diego will present and discuss Realities about Tree-related Initiatives in San Diego. As many Rotarians and clubs are interested in tree planting projects for their neighborhood and cities throughout San Diego County, we will learn the current opportunities and challenges to implement such projects.
 
Meeting ID: 870 4821 2060
Passcode: 569075
 
 
District Environmental Sustainability Committee 2022-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Stop Human Trafficking

 
People of Action Summit – Human Trafficking
Liberty Station Conference Center
San Diego, California
October 1, 2022
 
Human Trafficking worldwide is the second largest criminal activity, second only to drugs. Whether forced labor or sex trafficking, it is in every corner of the United States and your community is not immune to this heinous crime. As Rotarians or members of our communities, we need to be at the forefront of combatting modern-day slavery. Leave with an action plan and a play book for your district or club that will allow everyone to protect their families and community.
Stop Human Trafficking 2022-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Africa Peace Concert

 
The Peace MGI Team Lead Emmanuel Katongole is working with a dedicated group of volunteers to plan several days of activities for RI President Jennifer Jones and her husband and guests who are traveling to Kampala the first week in September.  There is one event in particular that all Rotarians can participate in and that is the in-person and virtual Africa Peace Concert that will take place Friday, September 2.  You have the opportunity to view the concert if you make an online gift on Rotary.org to either the Rotary Peace Centers endowment or the Peacebuilding and Conflict Area of Focus between July and September.  When you do so, you will receive a virtual entry to the concert.  It could not be easier.  Click read more to view the How to Pay document that gives you details.  
 
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The 8th Grade LEAD Conference Is October 15 & 16, 2022

 
We are bringing back the 8th Grade LEAD Conference.  This year, it is scheduled for October 15 and 16, 2022.   
 
It has been three long, frustrating years since the last in-person Rotary youth conference. Come join in the fun as the LEAD Conference restarts the District’s youth program conferences! Sign your club up today to sponsor students from your local middle school. Lead will be held at the Cuyamaca Outdoor School, a San Diego County Office of Education campus.
 
Please go to the LEAD website and click on the Rotary Club Registration Form link and follow the instructions to complete the form. You may call Paul Pierce at 760-942-9911 or email him at pepjr@peplaw.com if you have questions. 
 
LEAD is a 2-day weekend leadership camp for 8th grade students where Delegates discuss issues of ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, develop a positive outlook on service and life, and have fun with new friends. Delegates from middle schools around our District will attend.  There is no cost to the student, the family, or the school - all expenses are paid by the sponsoring Rotary clubs of District 5340.
 
Rotarians and Rotaractors are invited to be Advisors at District 5340's LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference. Best of all – there is no charge to Rotarians, Rotaractors, or to their clubs for serving as LEAD Advisors!
 
 
The 8th Grade LEAD Conference Is October 15 & 16, 2022 2022-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary - Voluntary Contribution for Rotaractors to attend District Conference Dawn Van Siclen 2022-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

Clubs Join Together to Clean Up Wildlife Refuge Area

 
 
Chula Vista Eastlake and Coronado Clubs cleanup Wildlife Refuge in a combined effort, Chula Vista Eastlake and Coronado Rotary Clubs hauled trash out of the San Diego Wildlife Refuge at the Swiss Park Staging Area in Chula Vista.  This is the second time these clubs have done this and the trash haul remains large and diverse with box springs, a basketball backstop, and golf clubs added to the bags and bags of trash!  Doing our part to protect the environment and serve our communities!
Clubs Join Together to Clean Up Wildlife Refuge Area 2022-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Wine, Dine and Song

 
The Rotary Club of Ramona invites you to their upcoming Wine Dine & Song charity event benefiting their Rotary scholarships.  The event will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  The location for this night of song is the Vineyard Grant James, 25260 East Old Julian Highway, Ramona CA.  The cost is $35 per person and includes a catered buffet meal and one drink ticket for water/wine/soft drinks.

For More info: contact Cheri Choy, 619-721-9656, cchoy54@gmail.com or Christie Carlson, 760-703-0792, christie@sanvicentemortgage.com
 
To purchase tickets: https://bit.ly/3O17HSs or send a check to Ramona Rotary at P.O. Box 276, Ramona, CA  92065.
 
Wine, Dine and Song 2022-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

57th Annual Poway Rotary Parade

 
Mark Your Calendar!
 
The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps is pleased to announce that the Palomar Health Presents the 2022 Poway Rotary Parade is scheduled for September. 10, 2022. This year’s theme is, “We Are Family”.

The club is delighted to again be working with Palomar Health as the parade’s title sponsor. The grand marshal is former San Diego Charger Cory Withrow. Withrow played with the team 2006-2008. He is the owner of King’s Craft Coffee Co., in Poway.

In addition to parade favorites and regular entrants such as classic cars and horses, this year’s event will include a pet parade.  In the first ever inclusion, Rotarians are eager to invite family and friends to participate in the parade with their lovable furry friends! There will be a contest for most unique pet, best dressed pet, and best float with a pet in it
 
57th Annual Poway Rotary Parade 2022-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Happy 100 Leon Williams

 
The Honorable Leon Williams celebrated his 100th Birthday on July 21, 2022 at the San Diego Rotary Club.  Leon joined Club 33 as an Honorary Member in 2011 and was the 2016 recipient of the Mr. San Diego Award for his contributions to outstanding community improvement for the San Diego region in a variety of ways, through his efforts over a long period of time.  California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber spoke about those contributions and all in attendance joined in singing Happy Birthday accompanied by the International Youth Symphony.  Visit https://bit.ly/LeonWilliams100 to send your birthday wish to our beloved Leon Williams!
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Membership Workshop Slated for August 20

 
August is Membership Month and with that in mind, we are pleased to announce that our District Membership Workshop has been scheduled for August 20, 2022, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  The workshop will take place via Zoom.
 
This Workshop is intended for Club Presidents, Membership Chairs/Committees, and all Rotarians who want to learn how to help their clubs, and to help Rotary, grow and thrive.
 
The link to the registration page is:  https://rotary5340.org/event/membership-workshop-for-district-5340.
Membership Workshop Slated for August 20 2022-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

We Are Searching for Volunteers

 
District 5340's sole reason for existing is to support Rotary clubs within its boundaries and operates with volunteer support. The District provides support and resources to assist clubs in serving their members and communities. A variety of positions are available on District committees which include, Membership, Training, Public Image, Youth, International, District and Projects & Events. There is a special need for several Sergeant-at-Arms to help manage our events. Most positions require 1 year of Rotary membership, Assistant Governor positions require 5 years of membership.  

District positions are filled by Rotarians from clubs throughout the District, Rotarians just like you, who are passionate about service and supporting fellow Rotarians. When you serve at the District level you will expand your Rotary knowledge, enhance your Rotary experience, share your skills and professional experience by helping others accomplish their goals and you will make new friends.  

 If you are interested in learning more, contact DGN Dianne Crawford, at dcsandiego@yahoo.com.
We Are Searching for Volunteers 2022-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Taste of Rancho Santa Fe

 
The 8th Annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe Event will be held Sunday October 9, 2022 from 4:00 to 7pm. Purchase your tickets before the event sells out!
 
Visit our event website at  www.tasteofrsf.org.  To learn about the event, click read more.
 
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Deadline for District Grant Applications for 2022/23 is Tomorrow, August 1 2022-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Building Homes - Changing Lives

 
This video is for your club to use on your website, social media channels, during meetings and/or discussions with community sponsors and partners to highlight just one of the events that our Rotary Clubs hold throughout the year. We hope it will not only create excitement around our Rotary organization, but also within our own Rotary Clubs to spark ideas, creativity and energy. 
 
The video can be found on YouTube and here is the link to access it:  
Building Homes - Changing Lives 2022-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Give a Sheet

The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club among many other organizations identified the Christian-based East County Transitional Center (ECTC) as one of its key non-profits it likes to support.  The Center provides transitional living and programs and services that restores the lives of those who are homeless.   Well-trained case managers, knowledgeable about specialized assistance for this type of homelessness, The Center see themselves as a community, not a shelter and provides a "way-out" of an untenable situation for this large segment of the homeless
 
One of the ways the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club helps ECTC is engaging in a very simple project supporting a very basis human need - toilet paper!   Club members each contribute packages of toilet for East County Transitional Living Center because “Rotarians Give a Sheet.” This drive concludes at the Club's installation dinner.  It's a fun project and everyone looks forward to participating.  To learn more about ECTC, go to https://www.ectlc.org/.
 
 
 
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Corked Carlsbad

 
Join us Saturday, July 30th for a festive night tasting North County’s finest wines, local beer, yummy food, live music and rejoicing in community and summer. 
 
This event takes place at the renowned Carlsbad Flower Fields.  Tickets are limited - act fast! Order tickets now for yourself, family and friends! All attendees are required to show a government issued ID upon entrance and be 21 years of age or older.  General Admission: $75 Early Access Pass: $125.
 
To learn more about the event and to register click here. 
 
 
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Highlights from the Rotary International Convention 2022 2022-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Meet District Rotaract Representative (DRR) - Erika Rodriguez

 
Erika Rodriguez is this year's District Rotaract Representative (DRR), who will be the point of contact for all things Rotaract in our District, alongside Jessie Case, Rotaract District Chair. The DRR provides support to all the Rotaract Clubs, grows the Rotaract brand awareness, and oversees the Rotaract District council.
 
Meet District Rotaract Representative (DRR) - Erika Rodriguez 2022-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Cruise - Save $750.00 Act Now

 
AmaWaterways is celebrating their 20-year anniversary in July, so for this Rotary cruise slated for April 2-9, 2023 they activated a $750.00 per person discount only for this month. There are still a few Balcony Staterooms left, so book your room soon.  For more information, please contact Ron Kohl at 858-518-0983 or by email at rkohl@expediacruises.com.  The itinerary can be found here:
 
Rotary Cruise - Save $750.00 Act Now 2022-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Opportunity to Learn More About the Role of Governor

 
Join us for an informal gathering to discuss the role of District Governor (dinner included).  This is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet folks who have held the role in the past. 
 
WHEN - Thursday, August 4, 2022
DINNER - 6:00 PM - Hosted by Janice and Matt Kurth
LOCATION - 7225 Rue De Roark, La Jolla, CA  92037
 
Please RSVP to PDG Dan Gensler - dgensler@rotary5340.org or call 1, 619-972-7290 
 
Opportunity to Learn More About the Role of Governor 2022-07-11 07:00:00Z 0

Join Us for a Night of Baseball August 9

 
Cheer on your San Diego Padres Tuesday, August 9 at 6:40 pm against the SF Giants! Tickets are only $40/each and seats are located at The Point, under the scoreboard. What’s better than baseball? Baseball with 50 Rotarians!  Purchase your tickets now!   Only 13 tickets left, so get your tickets now!
Join Us for a Night of Baseball August 9 2022-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Coronado Earns Honors at 4th of July Parade

Coronado Rotary won two prizes in the renowned Coronado July 4th parade:  The Andy Szymanski "Mr. July 4th" Sweepstakes prize for best overall float and the John D. Spreckels Prize for Division Winner.  The float demonstrated all the community, regional and international projects our club manages each year along with honoring our forebears who won this country's independence from England.
 
Coronado Earns Honors at 4th of July Parade 2022-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Interested in Playing Softball?

 
District 5340 is putting together a co-ed softball team in preparation for an upcoming binational game with members of District 4100 (Baja California).
 
Currently the District has six people interested and is looking for four additional players. The exact date and time of the game is TBD, but we’ll be playing down in Tijuana sometime in the fall.  If you’re interested in joining, let Derren Lechuga, Youth Services Director - San Diego Coastal Rotary Club know, and he will begin coordinating with everyone on days/times/locations to hold practice sessions.  Derron's contact information is derren.a.lechuga@gmail.com and his phone number is 951-764-6890.
 
This sporting event is to help build relations between Districts 5340 and 4100. Eventually, we are looking to create a Rotaract division for this binational game and are looking to tie it to the end-of-the-year District Conferences.
 
 
Interested in Playing Softball? 2022-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Featured in Rotary Voices

For those who don't know, the 18th Annual Switchfoot BroAM was a huge success as over 17,000 gathered at Moonlight Beach for a full day of surf contests, surf jousting and over 5 hours of live music.  Our immediate Past District Governor Dan Gensler stopped by to witness the action including folks stopping by the Surfers Unite booth to get plugged in as potential new Rotarians.  The Swithcfoot BroAM raises over $220k annually for at risk charities and thanks to the leadership of Rotary 5340 and Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship they are able to support the event to benefit A Step Beyond, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Feeding San Diego, Monarch School and Save the Music Foundation.  You can read more about this amazing Rotary Fellowship in Rotary Voices as your District Governor Chuck Pretto is a Big Kahuna Lifetime Member along with Founder Brett Morey.
https://blog.rotary.org/2022/06/30/a-rotary-fellowship-that-shreds/
 
Don't miss the July 29th Rotary MusiCamp Learn to surf event in Del Mar as well as other fun activities designed to involve the family of Rotary as well as bring Rotary into the surf community.  Ever been to the Supergirl Pro in Oceanside or Life Rolls On events with disabled children and adults?  Check out the Surfers Unite site now and register as a volunteer, sign up as a member and buy some cool Rotary gear including embroidered hats, sweatshirts and UV 50 Dri-Fit shirts at: www.surfersunite.org.
 
 
 
Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Featured in Rotary Voices 2022-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Coronado Rotary Provides Grant to Warrior Foundation Freedom Station

At the first Coronado Rotary Meeting of the new leadership year led by President LuAnn Miller, the club awarded a $12,000 check to Warrior Foundation Freedom Station.  The Wolf Pack, made up of a team of amputees who play basketball, inspires the July 4th crowd by shooting baskets through the hoop on the Coronado Rotary float as it glides down Coronado's main street.  They are supported by the Warrior Foundation, which helps active duty and medically retired soldiers.  The grant will pay for special ultralight wheelchairs for Wolf Pack members and a customized wheelchair for a paralyzed Marine, among other necessities for battle injured warriors.
 

 
Coronado Rotary Provides Grant to Warrior Foundation Freedom Station 2022-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Come Hear Dan McAllister Speak

 
The La Mesa Rotary Club invites anyone interested in hearing San Diego Treasurer/Tax Collector, Dan McAllister speak to join them on Wednesday, July 13 at noon to 1:30 p.m.    Buffet lunch is at noon ($20 visitor lunch price). The Club meets at the La Mesa Recreation. Center located at 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa.  Please email Sue Richardson if you plan to have lunch at SRichardson@Ci.la-mesa.ca 
 
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District Environmental Sustainability Committee 2022-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Reminder to Club Presidents

 
One of your first tasks as new club leaders is to take the opportunity to take advantage of District Governor Chuck Pretto's desire to showcase each club in District 5340.  Your club profile could include service projects, international grant projects, membership gains, goals, special recognitions, etc.  It's your story to tell.  Club presidents are asked to submit an article of club highlights s to Newsbits Editor, Sandy Pugliese at sandyp304@gmail.com.    Sandy will create a folder and will select one or more highlights to be included in each week's edition of Newsbits.  The hope is to showcase each club by the end of the year.  Your article should be no more than 500 words.  Please also send 3-5 pictures in jpg. or pgn. format.  She will take care of the rest.  If you have any questions, you can contact Sandy at 619 813-8922.
 
 
Reminder to Club Presidents 2022-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

2022 District 5340 Awardees Announced

 
 
One of the great parts of the Governor's Dinner is the announcement of Rotarians/Clubs who have earned special recognition.  These awardees are selected by the outgoing Governor.  This year, in front of 400 attendees, the following Rotarians/Clubs received recognition:
 
 
RI MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
Mike Whitehurst
 
RI "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" AWARD
Marge Cole
 
PEOPLE OF ACTION AWARDS
Rachel Hopkins
Karen Strabala
Suzanne Manual
LuAnn Miller
Kitt Williams
Jeb Bakke
Susan Hennefent
James Morrison
Jane Simeral
Tim McCully
 
ROTARACTOR OF THE YEAR
Derren Lechuga
 
ROTARACT CLUB OF THE YEAR
City Heights Rotaract Club
 
BEST CLUB AWARD
Small Size Club - Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Evening
Medium Size Club - Rotary Club of Del Mar
Large Size Club - Rotary Club of Coronado
 
ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR
Fernanda Torres
 
Congratulations to everyone receiving an award.  Your efforts to do good in the world has been exemplary and model the potential for greatness in all of us.  
 
 
 
2022 District 5340 Awardees Announced 2022-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Ever Thought of Becoming a District Governor?

 
Join us for an informal gathering to discuss the role of District Governor (dinner included).  This is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet folks who have held the role in the past. 
 
WHEN - Thursday, August 4, 2022
DINNER - 6:00 PM - Hosted by Janice and Matt Kurth
LOCATION - 7225 Rue De Roark, La Jolla, CA  92037
 
Please RSVP to PDG Dan Gensler - dgensler@rotary5340.org or call 1, 619-972-7290 
 
Ever Thought of Becoming a District Governor? 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Vines and Vittles Family Festival

 
Vines and Vittles Family Festival, a western themed Fun Family Festival, features a variety of local food vendors highlighting their favorite “vittles”. To go along with the “vittles,” local vintners and craft breweries offer wine and beer tastings. A trading post features crafts from local artists while local performers fill the afternoon with music and entertainment.
DATE: Sunday, August 14, 2022
TIME: 2-5 PM
LOCATION: Webb Lake Park – Rancho Bernardo
Tickets are $40  - Purchase online
 
Vines and Vittles Family Festival 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

July is New Leadership Month

 
July is Rotary’s New Leadership Month. Congratulations to all the new Club Presidents! 
 
Rotary has designated months to help clubs Develop meeting agendas, projects, or public image campaigns based on these special occasions. The Concept is to give all the clubs of the District a Ready Reckoner of the types of Service Projects, which could be conducted, during the year, and help plan the activities of the year, mostly based on the Rotary Calendar i.e., Rotary Designated Months.
 
Call to Action
 
One of your first tasks as new club leaders is to take the opportunity to take advantage of District Governor Chuck Pretto's desire to showcase each club in District 5340.  Your club profile could include service projects, international grant projects, membership gains, goals, special recognitions, etc.  It's your story to tell.  Club presidents are asked to submit an article of club highlights s to Newsbits Editor, Sandy Pugliese at sandyp304@gmail.com.    Sandy will create a folder and will select one or more highlights to be included in each week's edition of Newsbits.  The hope is to showcase each club by the end of the year.  Your article should be no more than 500 words.  Please also send 3-5 pictures in jpg. or pgn. format.  She will take care of the rest.
 
 
July is New Leadership Month 2022-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

We Have a New Governor

Governor Chuck Pretto and his wife Cindy Koby Pretto
 
Please congratulate Chuck Pretto, District 5340 Governor 2022-2023
 
Chuck holds his BBA, MBA, and JD Degrees from the University of San Diego. Chuck and his wife, Kim Kobey, run Kobey's Swap Meet, San Diego’s largest open-air market. Kobey's recently celebrated its 47th year in business.  
 
Chuck is active in several community organizations. He has served on the boards of the San Diego Red Cross, the San Diego Crime Victims fund, the San Diego Community College Foundation Board, Midway Planning Committee, and was President of the Business Improvement Association for the Sports Arena area for 10 years. He also served as President of the National Flea Market Association his industry’s premier organization; he currently sits on the Board of the California Swap Meet Association.  
 
We Have a New Governor 2022-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Meet Rotary's First Female President

 
Rotary International President Jennifer Jones is ready to hit the ground running as she takes office 1 July as the first female president in Rotary history. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland, Ontario, Canada, and founder and president of Media Street Productions, an award-winning media company in Windsor. Having previously served Rotary in a variety of roles including vice president, director, and Rotary Foundation trustee, her talents have strengthened Rotary’s reach and impact. Learn more about Jones in a profile in the July issue of Rotary magazine. Watch the presidential changeover ceremony on Facebook.
 
Meet Rotary's First Female President 2022-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Fallbrook Independence Day Pancake Breakfast

 
Looking for a way to celebrate July 4?  Pancakes! Sound good? Well, sure it does! The Rotary Club of Fallbrook will hold its second annual Independence Day Pancake Breakfast on Monday, July 4, at the Fallbrook Community Center. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10:30 AM and there will also be face painting and a Dog Show. $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for kids 3 and under. Proceeds benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Fallbrook Independence Day Pancake Breakfast 2022-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Comforting Toys Donations Needed

Thousand Smiles Foundation is in need for small clean stuffed animals, gently used or new for the August 5-6 dental/surgical clinic in Ensenada. The young kids are given them when they see the doctors and dentists, often for the first time ever. The toys help reduce the child’s anxiety in a new setting. Makes a good project for Interact and/or Rotaract clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as well. Please email kimmuslusky@gmail.com for more info.
Comforting Toys Donations Needed 2022-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

The Changing of the Guard

On Thursday evening, June 30 something magical happened - the transfer of responsibility from the outgoing Governor to the Governor-Elect.  All of this set before 400 Rotarians representing all the clubs within the district.  It was a night of great celebration and fellowship.  President-elects were sworn in as well as the new governor, all under the backdrop of RI President Jennifer Jones' new theme of "Imagine Rotary" welcoming the 2022-2023 Rotary year.  
 
Outgoing Governor Dan Gensler highlighted the many accomplishments of his year including a world-class District Conference and the partnership with Project Mercy with several homes being built by Rotarians in Mexico.  Telling a story of its own is the combined effort of all Rotarians in District 5340 in achieving some significant milestones:  A total of 650 projects were conducted this past year providing 60,000 volunteer hours and reinvesting $2.5 million back into our local communities.  
 
There is no celebration without a lot of recognition and this night was no exception.  Congratulations are extended to District 5340 Rotarian of the Year Maria Fernanda Torres Garcia,  Rotaractor of the Year Derren Lechuga and City Heights Rotaract Club named Rotaract Club of the Year.  Three clubs earned recognition as Clubs of the Year in the small, medium and large categories and they were Coronado Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Del Mar and the San Diego Evening Rotary Club.  Marge Cole received the Service Above Self and received a standing ovation for all her work.  People of Action Awards were given to Rachel Hopkins, PR Chair and Jeb Bakke, International Chair.
 
What a sendoff of the prior Rotary year and the welcoming the new Rotary.  Congratulations to all.
 
The Changing of the Guard 2022-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Thank You to Outgoing Governor, Dan Gensler 2022-06-24 07:00:00Z 0

The Sun Shined on the Low Tide Ride and Stride 

The Rotary Club of Coronado held their Low Tide Ride and Stride June 18 with over 500 participants. It was a very low tide and a beautiful day for a beach event. Proceeds raised benefits Wounded Warriors. Rotary District 5340 Members.
 
The Sun Shined on the Low Tide Ride and Stride 2022-06-24 07:00:00Z 0

Bro Am Beach Fest a Huge Success

La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club and Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship participated in the Bro Am Beach Fest at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. The highlight was the smiles on the faces of the disabled children with the Challenged Athletes Foundation who had a chance to ride waves with experienced and professional surfers. Many people stopped by the Surfers Unite booth to inquire about joining Rotary.  Congratulations is extended to Rotarian Brett Morey who coordinated this event.
 
 
 
Bro Am Beach Fest a Huge Success 2022-06-24 07:00:00Z 0

RI Approves District 5340 Grant to Aid Ukrainians

 
GREAT NEWS!  -  District 5340 will receive a $25,000 DISASTER RESPONSE GRANT from The Rotary Foundation to support Ukrainian refugees right here in our own District!  CONGRATULATIONS to James Morrison, District Foundation Treasurer and member of Point Loma Club and his team for getting approval of their Disaster Response Grant (DRG) for Ukrainian refugees in our local area in RECORD time!!  
 
How can you or your club help?
 
We need assistance with housing.  While temporary is appreciated, longer term housing is needed in order to minimize families moving from house to house on a frequent basis.  
 
In addition, we need Rotarian volunteers for various tasks in reaching out to families and directing assistance.
 
Since the conflict began, our District has been receiving Ukrainian refugees. Many families have mothers with small children, while the fathers remain in Ukraine. They are in need of food for host families, housing, clothing, transportation and more. 
 
If you or your club have identified families or want to volunteer, please click here.    
RI Approves District 5340 Grant to Aid Ukrainians 2022-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Thousand Smiles Holds Successful Clinic

On June 11 Thousand Smiles Clinic hosted a Loma Linda Dental crew to hold a clinic for some of our pediatric patients with special needs. It was a great success! We are continuing to find more ways to serve the needy in Baja.  Rotarians routinely help support this effort through fundraisers and active participation at the clinic in Ensenada.  
 
Thousand Smiles Holds Successful Clinic 2022-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Super Cow Needs a Home!

 
The Care ‘n Share Toy Drive, a project of Torrey Pines Rotary Club taking place now through July 4th is looking for a home for Super Cow!  Super Cow is 4 ft tall, 4 ft+ wide and 4 ft+ deep. Hospital Infantil would love to have Super Cow in their reception area, however they are concerned that they won’t be able to take Super Cow across the border, and thus we need to find Super Cow a good home.
 
Super Cow Needs a Home! 2022-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

$2,000 Grant Given to Elder Help

The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club provided a $2,000 grant to ElderHelp of San Diego.  Elder Help will use the grant to fund incontinence supplies to seniors in our community.  ElderHelp's mission is to provide personalized services and information that help seniors remain independent and live with dignity in their own homes.
 
$2,000 Grant Given to Elder Help 2022-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rose Parade Float Theme Announced

 
WOOHOO -- The final design and Float Theme has been approved by Rotary, The Tournament of Roses and the RRPFC Board.  HERE IT IS ,,, TA DA!!
 
There are so many ways to get involved - help decorate, be a walker, be an ambassador or have your club become a club ambassador. Show Rotary to the world!
 
Rotary Rose Parade Float Theme Announced 2022-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Places a Focus on Peace

First picture is Nancy Nguyen, Peace Fellow.  The second picture from left to right: Coronado Rotary President Rob Taylor, President-Elect LuAnn Miller, Rotary Fellow Nancy Nguyen; Peace Projects Co-Chair Sharon Raffer; and District 5340 Governor and Coronado Rotarian Dan Gensler.
 
The Rotary Club of Coronado celebrated with pride the announcement from Rotary International that Nancy Nguyen has been selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow. She will be attending the University of Queensland in Australia for the Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies, an 18-month fully funded program.
 
The conflict in Ukraine highlights the need for motivated individuals applying their energy and expertise to the achievement of worldwide peace.
 
“This is a real honor for us as a club and as a district,” said Rotary 5340 District Governor Dan Gensler. The district includes 61 Rotary Clubs consisting of 2,790 members in San Diego and Imperial Counties. 
 
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Rotary Fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.
 
Many Rotary Fellows go on to careers with governments, the military, law enforcement, NGOs, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank. 
 
The work of actively building peace and understanding has been a hallmark of Rotary since its earliest days. With the creation in 1999 of the Rotary Peace Centers.
 
Rotary Places a Focus on Peace 2022-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Mar Y Vino

 
The Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake’s annual "Mar Y Vino" - Sea and Wine! fundraising event is happening on Saturday July 16th, 2022. 
 
Mar Y Vino 2022-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

$10,000 in Scholarships Given to Fallbrook High Students

The Rotary Club of Fallbrook Scholarship Committe members Teresa Mendelson and Penny Johnson represented the Club as they handed out $10,000 in scholarships to Fallbrook Union High School students at the school's recent awards ceremony.
 
 
 
$10,000 in Scholarships Given to Fallbrook High Students 2022-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Convention Provides Inspiring Moments 

The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas, USA, offered plenty of inspiring moments as Rotary’s global network gathered in person for the first time since 2019, following two conventions that were held virtually because of COVID-19. The convention offered participants new horizons to discover through in-person events and a robust schedule of virtual offerings (with recordings available through 31 August). The Rotary world now looks ahead to next year’s gathering in Melbourne, the sparkling second city of Australia. Learn more.  
 
2022 Convention Provides Inspiring Moments 2022-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Get Out Your Hawaiian Shirt!

 
Get out your Hawaiian shirt and join in on the fun.  The El Cajon Rotary Club is having its annual fundraiser with a Margaritaville theme.  The event begins at 5:00PM at the Elks Club in El Cajon and will feature dinner, music and dancing, along with a silent and live auction.  Sponsorships are available.  To register to attend and purchase tickets, click here.
 
 
 
Get Out Your Hawaiian Shirt! 2022-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

June is Rotary Fellowship Month

 
 
Do you have a hobby or passion you would like to explore with friends from around the world? Do you want to build community around your profession or cultural identity globally? Rotary’s Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion or identity. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience. Watch this video to learn more.  For a list of Rotary Fellowships, click here.
June is Rotary Fellowship Month 2022-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Presents Scholarships

 
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary presented $41,500 in scholarships to Carlsbad students at a recent awards ceremony. Twenty-one students from Carlsbad High, Sage Creek and LaCosta Canyon received awards from the club through its scholarship raffle and AVID scholarships. Thanks goes out to the club's Scholarship Team: Steve Ahlquist, Chairman, Raegan Matthews, Gloria Foote, Rachel Ivanovich and Ken Clark.
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Presents Scholarships 2022-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

San Marcos Rotary Club Hands Out Scholarship Awards

 
On June 2, 2022, the San Marcos Rotary Club awarded over $8,000 in scholarships to students at the three local high schools, Palomar College and CSUSM.  
 
Pictured is President Dana Albert, the scholarship winners and their families!  
San Marcos Rotary Club Hands Out Scholarship Awards 2022-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Comedy Night June 10

 
Come join us for Friday Date Night with Comedy.  The San Marcos Rotary Club is hosting a Comedy Night fundraiser on Friday June 10th at 6PM at Jacked Up Brewery in Escondido. 
 
Proceeds benefit youth programs at San Marcos Unified School District.  Tickets are $50, which includes one drink and one appetizer or two drinks.  Let’s laugh! it’s for the kids! Tickets can be purchased on the Club's website at sanmarcosrotaryclub.org
 
Comedy Night June 10 2022-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Melbourne Australia is Site for Next Year's Rotary Convention

 
 
If you were unable to attend this year's Rotary Convention in Houston taking place this weekend, consider going next year.  
 
Imagine What’s Next is the theme for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, coming to beautiful Melbourne, Australia. Register and pay in full before June 8, 2022 and you’ll be able to take advantage of a special limited time promotional rate. Whether you’re new to Rotary or a longtime member, the Melbourne convention will be an unforgettable experience.

Don’t miss your chance to Imagine What’s Next at the 2023 Rotary International Convention. Learn more at convention.rotary.org today!
Melbourne Australia is Site for Next Year's Rotary Convention 2022-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Flamingo Night a Success

The San Diego Downtown Evening Rotary Club had the best time hosting the Flamenco Night Gala. The profits generated by the Gala will go to the Rotary Foundation and to Father Joe’s Villages (Dental Clinic).
 

 
Flamingo Night a Success 2022-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Chili and Quackers Event Enjoyed By All

The Rotary Club of Del Mar held their Chili and Quackers event on the beach in Del Mar. The lifeguards did a rescue demonstration and then proceeded to drop thousands of plastic ducks in the ocean and watched to see who arrived on shore first. Lots of fun had by all. 
 
Chili and Quackers Event Enjoyed By All 2022-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
San Marcos Rotary Club Volunteers at the North County Food Bank 2022-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Districts Join Together to Aid Thousand Smiles

 
On May 19-22, 2022, Rotary Districts’ 5340 and 4100 clubs of Carlsbad and Tecate joined together to host their May 2022 Tecate-Smiles in partnership with the Smilesinternationalfoundation.org which has helped thousands of children achieve their abilities to eat, speak, hear and smile more normally. One in 600 births in the Americas, from Canada down to Argentina, are born with congenital facial cleft conditions.  Through this last month's efforts in the midst of COVID precaution, well over 600 remote video/internet screenings were performed resulting in 40 potential individual children being scheduled for surgeon and anesthesiologist clearances for safe performance of reconstructive surgery at the Rotary Centennial Hospital clinic at Cerro Azul, Colonia Hindu, Tecate, Mexico. Out of these, 10 children passed all health and family COVID testing and received 44 reconstructive surgeries changing their lives forever. 

Their care was supported by the local Tecate DIF director, Maria Quijada, the Tecate general hospital directors, the entire membership of Rotary Club of Tecate, several Rotary Club of Carlsbad past and president-elect and members, the Rotaract Club of Tecate and Smiles Action Volunteer Group (past USA Rotaract students), and Doctors, Nurses, surgical technicians and volunteers from the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, AZ.  All of this was coordinated through the Smiles International Foundation located in Encinitas, CA with District 5340 Carlsbad Rotarian Dr. Jeffrey Moses. 

Many District 5340 matching grants from the Rotary Club of Carlsbad have helped to provide surgical equipment for these efforts. 
Districts Join Together to Aid Thousand Smiles 2022-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
Romona Rotary Club Distributes Scholarships 2022-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Winners of the "So You Think You've Got Talent Contest

The Tenth "So You Think You've Got Talent San Diego" was great fun!  The show, sponsored by Old Mission Rotary Club, took place on Saturday, May 14th at Francis Parker School.  Profits generated from this event will be used to fund the Thousand Smiles Foundation and the Old Mission Rotary Foundation.
 
 
Photo:  The First Place winner was Poolside Jazz Group with musicians (L-R): Jace Kim- Drums, Cooper Lappin- Tenor Sax, Ethan Yuan - Baritone Sax, Ryan McWeery- Trumpet, Rylie Fabian- Alto Sax, Jon Sugiarto- Piano & Mellophone, Gannon Kaminetz- Trombone, Rohin Sood- Bass Guitar and Gavin Forrest- Guitar.  The Master of Ceremonies was, once again, Matt Risi. The Second Place Winner  was Classical Violinist Caitlin Wang (mask).  There was a tie for Third Place with singer Jaydin Hamel-Hyland (yellow dress) and Comedienne Ella Engelberg.
Winners of the "So You Think You've Got Talent Contest 2022-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Award-winning Photographer, Journalist, and Author Kike Calvo to Speak

 
Please join San Diego Coastal Rotary Club for a virtual meeting with Kike Calvo on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 pm. Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in dozens of countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike's images have been published in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike pioneered the use of drones to produce aerial photography as a tool for research and conservation. He has authored 15 books including Drones for Conservation. 
 
Award-winning Photographer, Journalist, and Author Kike Calvo to Speak 2022-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Care 'n Share Toy Drive is Back 

 
The Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club will resurrect the Care’n’Share Toy Drive, its signature project, at the San Diego County Fair next month. Before the fair was suspended because of Covid, the club collected more than 100,000 stuffed animals donated by fairgoers. Its goal this year is to collect at least 12,000 stuffed animals for the benefit of hospitalized children in local hospitals.
 
Care 'n Share Toy Drive is Back 2022-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Get "On Board" with Surfers Unite and Grow Your Club by Volunteering at the Switchfoot BroAM on June 18

 
Want to grow your club?  Sign Up to volunteer at the Switchfoot BroAM and extend an invitation to friends in the surfing community to join as well.  Rotary District 5340 is thrilled to support this event along with Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship as they have been one of the largest volunteer organizations annually supporting the BroAM as well as a sponsor.  What is the BroAM?  Imagine 17,000 on the sand at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas for a full day of surf contests, surf jousting (knocking folks off surfboards with sticks) and 5 hours of live music including local bands and Grammy Award artists Switchfoot.  Need a clip to better understand it?  Here ya go!  https://youtu.be/nRo0viR0szc.
Get "On Board" with Surfers Unite and Grow Your Club by Volunteering at the Switchfoot BroAM on June 18 2022-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

2nd Social Yields 25 New Prospective Members

 
The Rotary Membership Social event Thursday night was wonderful.  There was plenty of food, drinks and great fellowship.  There were many Rotarians in attendance but most importantly, there were 25 potential Rotarians in attendance.  A shout out goes to Ron Kohl who put both of District 5340's membership socials together.  
2nd Social Yields 25 New Prospective Members 2022-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

The 10th Annual City2Surf was held last Saturday in Del Mar

 
 
The 10th Annual City2Surf was held last Saturday in Del Mar.  San Diego based non-profit Hope Leadership Academy offers City2Surf, basketball and football camps as well as after school activities designed to ensure that youth from fatherless homes in underserved communities receive support, guidance and a plan to break the cycles of divorce, poverty and hopelessness.  Brett Morey, Founder of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship and Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle has been involved for eight of the past 10 years.  According to Brett, “We simply couldn’t pull off this annual event without our amazing volunteers and friends in the surfing community.”  This year’s crew included: Big Kahuna Lifetime Member, Vince Ponce of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi-Noon, Big Kahuna Jim Johnson who came down from Orange County with a few friends and Big Kahuna Brett Morey and his fiancé Karla Pieto.  Jim is the incoming President of the Rotary Club of Irvine which is another example of how this remarkable Rotary Fellowship is building relationships within the family of Rotary.  Surfers Unite now has members in 35 countries as well.  Lifetime members of Surfers Unite included: Brett Mattei, Past President of the Rotary Club of Del Mar, Lifetime member Danny Quisenberry of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi-Noon and over 15 friends in the surfing community.  Uriah Mirandon of Del MarSurf Sessions generously supplied the boards, instruction and wetsuits for free.  Rotarians in D5340 should contact Uriah’s team for private surf lessons.
 
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Santee Rotarians Assists with Stomp Out Hunger Food Drive

 
Santee-Lakeside Rotary club members and kids and Santee Food Bank volunteers assisted local postal workers with the Post Office's annual Stomp Out Hunger Food Drive.  This is an annual county-wide effort with donated items typically going to the San Diego Food Bank.  For years, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary club has worked with both the post office and the Santee Food Bank to ensure items collected in Santee go to the Santee-Food Bank where Santee residents can be served. 
 
On May 15, Rotarians unloaded postal trucks and reloaded 4,718 pounds of food onto another truck.  The effort was supported by local businessman Kyle Whissel and Whissel Realty Group who donated a large delivery truck to help get the food items from the post office to the Santee Food Bank.  Once there, the Santee Food Bank volunteers sorted the donations to be distributed at a later date.  The Santee-Lakeside Rotary club also assists the food bank with monthly deliveries to shut ins living in the local mobile home parks.  
 
 
Santee Rotarians Assists with Stomp Out Hunger Food Drive 2022-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

You Are Invited to Refugee Day

 
Join us for Refugee Day on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 6:00PM at the Chula Vista Golf Course and Venue located at 4475 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902.
 
Those Rotarians interested in helping support refugees coming into San Diego, here is an opportunity to participate in some fun while investing financially into programs that support and uplift our refugee population.  For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Dr. Rasha Roshdy at sdeducator2014@gmail.com.
You Are Invited to Refugee Day 2022-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Calling all Financial Advisors! Help a Human Trafficking Survivor Thrive

Calling all Financial Advisors! Help a Human Trafficking Survivor Thrive
 
Your District Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is collaborating with GenerateHope to provide a financial advisor to mentor one survivor a month for one hour on the basics of budgeting, saving and other necessarily skills. Doing so will help these brave individuals thrive as they take back the lives they deserve. Your help would make a major impact!
 
We need your help! Contact Dave Oates at david@publicrelationssecurity.com to learn more.
Calling all Financial Advisors! Help a Human Trafficking Survivor Thrive 2022-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Six New Houses Built in Mexico

In concert with Project Mercy, six new houses were built from April 23 - 30, 2022 for six happy families.  Thanks go to the Cox and Meziere families, Ware Malcomb Architects and colleagues, and Chula Vista and Encinitas Rotary Clubs.
 
 
Project Mercy was really pleased to welcome back Encinitas Rotary after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic. Pat Davis spearheaded the event and was equally pleased to be able to welcome a lot of new Rotary and Interact members and share the house building experience with them. Encinitas Rotary has been a supporter of Project Mercy for many years and our longtime framers Chris Malek and Fritz Stelhern got back to working with them with the addition of a couple of our Mexican crew. Their family was the Arce Martinez family of seven. Mother Maria and the two youngest children stayed and played around the new construction all day. When she saw the completed new home, Maria broke down in tears, it was a touching moment for everyone.
 
 
Long-time friends Carmen Sandoval and the Chula Vista Rotary crew worked with the lead of Mike Meziere on April 23 to build a home for Concepcion Ramirez Tafolla and her extended family. Concepcion’s husband died a few years ago and she struggles to raise eight children on her own. Her daughter Alexandra has just had a new baby girl and Carmen was excited to bring them gifts for the baby as well as much needed food and items for the rest of the family. They spend nearly all their hard earned money from selling donuts on the streets, to pay for the land. The gift of a house and supplies paves a new way forward and gives them hope for their future.
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Charity Golf Tournament

 
Join the Rotary Club of El Camino Real (Oceanside) and the Rotary Club of Oceanside for a fun filled day of golf, food, and fellowship! Bid on their special virtual auction items, win special prizes including a $10,000 hole-in-one on a designated par 3! Participate in their sponsorship opportunities! All proceeds go towards furthering their efforts to support their community through various educational, youth, and homeless programs. For more information and to register visit the tournament website at www.trellis.org/rcogolf2022
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The Rotary Peace Centers Celebrate 20 Years of Training Peacebuilders

 
Since the first Rotary Peace Centers welcomed peace fellows 20 years ago, more than 1,500 of them have gained the experience, skills, and networks they need to build peace in their communities and around the world. Collectively, program alumni are making a tremendous impact through their work as leaders in conflict transformation, as well as in the areas of community and international development that make conflict less likely to occur. Rotary’s long-term commitment to peace education will continue to support leaders in the future. In fact, the peace centers program will expand, with the addition of a new certificate program in the Middle East or North Africa by 2025. This truly is a long-term investment. 
 
The Rotary Peace Centers Celebrate 20 Years of Training Peacebuilders 2022-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner Changeover Training

 
ClubRunner is offering a Changeover Training Series for 2022 to help better prepare you for this upcoming Rotary year. They're holding a series of free webinars to help you brush up on your ClubRunner skills and knowledge.  This is a don't miss opportunity.

Join them for these in-depth webinars starting on May 5 and continuing until May 21, 2022. New this year, they're offering both beginner and advanced level webinars for certain modules. These training sessions are open to all ClubRunner users at no cost.  If the date has passed - no worries - they are recording each session.  

Hosted by expert Product Specialists, they will be presenting webinars based on roles, club or district versions, and in-depth module deep dives. There will even be live Q&A available during and after the webinar!
 
Registration Details

Click here to view schedule and to register for individual sessions or visit www.clubrunner.com/training. Can't attend live? Not to worry, all sessions will be recorded and shared on our Community site after the series is complete.
 
 
 
 
ClubRunner Changeover Training 2022-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Duck Duck Chili!

 
The much anticipated and universally touted Rotary Club of Del Mar CHILI AND QUACKERS is back!   Live and in person, the Rotary Club is hosting the 14th annual Chili & Quackers challenge.  Join the fun for all ages at Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd, Del Mar, CA on Saturday, May 21 from noon until 3:00 PM.
 
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Another Membership Social - Don't Miss Out!

 
If you missed out on the first Membership Social on May 5, you have another opportunity on May 19, 2022.  The District Membership Social is open to all Rotarians and an opportunity to invite potential Rotarians to meet and socialize.

Legacy Center Mission Valley
875 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108
(Click Here for Driving Directions)
Rotarians - $25
Potential Rotarians - Free
REGISTER TODAY!!
 
     Event limited to the first 200 people and will sell out quickly!
Potential Rotarians need to be registered as GUEST
 
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Rotarians Weed and Clear at San Elijo Lagoon

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotarians and friends helped the Nature Collective clear non-native plants at the San Elijo Lagoon and San Dieguito County Park on Rotarians At Work Day. 
 
 
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Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Takes Inner City Kids Surfing

 
If you haven't signed up to assist with the Sat. May 14th City2Surf event in Del Mar be sure to get "on board" today as Rotarians throughout the county including Interact and Rotaract members as well as friends in the surfing community will take more than 50 inner city kids from Southeast San Diego and the South Bay surfing in Del Mar.  City2Surf is a Learn to Surf program supported by Hope Leadership Academy, a faith based 501(c)3 organization and this can be a great opportunity to serve with arts and crafts, helping kids get in and out of wetsuits, photography and of course pushing kids in the water.  There are already 20 volunteers signed up however there are a few open positions so contact Brett Morey at 858-602-2532 or register at: www.surfersunite.org/events.
 
 
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Nativity Prep Academy is Site for Rotarians at Work Day

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Del Mar selected to work at Nativity Prep Academy on Rotarians at Work Day doing a variety of tasks.  

Nativity Prep Academy is a private-independent, all-scholarship Catholic middle school and college-preparatory program for young men and women from low-income families who represent the first generation to graduate from college. Eleven years of support empowers our students to excel through high school, college, and beyond, becoming role models and leaders in their communities.
 
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North County Membership Social was Enjoyed by All

The Rotary District 5340 Cinco de Mayo membership social at Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation was a blast!  95 Rotarians and guests had a wonderful time celebrating Cinco de Mayo while taking the opportunity to meet and greet fellow Rotarians and potential Rotarians.
 
If you missed it, there is a Membership Social for San Diego on May 19 at the Legacy Center Mission Valley, so get in on the fun and fellowship by signing up on the District website. 
 
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Otay Elementary Gets Assist with Cleaning Up in Garden

Rotarians from Chula Vista Sunrise and Eastlake Rotary Clubs joined together with community members last week at Otay Elementary School to assist with cleaning up the garden. A shed was built, weeds were removed, and countless other tasks undertaken. Rotarians coming together on Rotarians at Work Day!
 
 
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Rotary Night at the Padres

 
Rotary Night at the Padres
 
Come join us for an evening of fellowship as we cheer on our Padres team.  Seats are located in left field at "The Point".  Game Ticket: $35.00, 40.00 and $41.00 | Limit per person: 5 game tickets.

The electronic ticket(s) will be emailed to you by Patty Fortin, 5340 District Administrator, 30 days before game day.  Here is the lineup:
 
Tuesday, July 5, 2022 | Game Starts at 1:10 PM
 
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 | Game Starts at 6:40 PM
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Goat for Joe Golf Tournament and Mental Health Fair

GOLF TOURNAMENT IS SOLD OUT
HEALTH FAIR AND ACTIVITES ARE STILL OPEN TO ALL
 
The annual Goat for Joe Golf Tournament and Mental Health Fair is a fundraising event orchestrated by Dana and Andrea Albert through the San Marcos Rotary Club Foundation.  Our presenting sponsor is Lawyers Title San Diego.  This was created in memory of Joseph Aaron Nunez, Andrea's brother, who passed away by suicide in March 2017.  There are several families in North County San Diego that may have a "Joe" in their lives that is struggling with mental illness such as suicidal behavior, anxiety, depression, schizofrenia, bipolar disorder, or any other debilitating mental disability.
 
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Save the Date - 19th Annual Encinitas Wine & Food Festival

 
Join the Encinitas Rotary Club for this celebration of international wines, spirits, local microbrews and outstanding cuisine from some of the region’s finest restaurants and caterers.  
 
The 19th Annual Encinitas Wine & Food Festival is being held at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. Guests will enjoy the beautiful grounds and ocean view, sample the wines and beverages from around the world, and taste the best dishes and desserts from our local restaurants and caterers. It’s truly a memorable occasion!  Carpool & Win! Those who carpool with four or more to a car will have access to priority parking and be entered into a special prize drawing. 
 
For more information: Email: info@EncinitasWineFestival.com or go to the event website:  www.EncinitasWineFestival.com.
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Shucking Corn at Feeding America

Feeding America was the beneficiary of the work by Santee-Lakeside Rotary club Rotarians and friends.   Rotarians sorted corn - good from bad - and then bagged for distribution. Mixed in were some worms/caterpillars, which caused a few ‘ewes” before members purged them from the corn.   Nothing was wasted. Discarded corn will be sent to a farm to feed pigs and the birds will love the worms. Altogether Rotarians bagged 1200 pounds of usable corn on the cob which will feed 600 families.  To make the Rotarians at Work Day better than ever,  District Governor Dan Gensler and Governor Nominee Don Fipps joined in on the fun.  
 
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Encinitas Coastal Rotary Donates $4,555 to CRC from Purse Bingo Event

The Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club has distributed funds to Carol’s House managed by the CRC. The funds will go to support the CRC’s Carols House. Opened in 2004, Carol’s House is a 24-bed emergency shelter for all victims of domestic violence; it offers residents a safe home for 45 to 60 days in the emergency shelter while receiving concurrent services. The club is so very pleased to give these funds to a very worthy local charity.
 
Photo from L-R, Rebecca Nussbaun, Chief Program Officer, Gretchen Mitchell, Fundraising Chairwoman, Marti Rosenberg, President Coastal Encinitas Rotary, and John Van Cleef, ECR member and CEO.    Photos by Hugh Stone, Encinitas Coastal Rotarian.
 
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May is Youth Services Month

 
Youth Service Month is a special time in Rotary. Throughout the month of May, members of Rotary clubs, Rotaract, Interact, and those involved in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and Rotary Youth Exchange celebrate the opportunities Rotary provides to connect, grow through service, develop leadership skills, mentor or be mentored, and have fun.
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Students Awarded Medal of Academic Merit

May 1 marks the beginning of Youth Services Month.  What better way to kick off this theme than to announce that the Rotary Club of El Camino and the Carlsbad Rotary Foundation along with Union Bank recently made it possible for MiraCosta Collage and the Mira Costa College Foundation to award the 2022 Academic Medal of Merit to five outstanding students. 
 
The Medal of Academic Merit is considered the college’s highest academic award and is bestowed annually to students nominated by the teaching faculty and who earned a minimum GPA of 3.75 in degree-applicable courses. Each recipient receives a $1,500 scholarship provided by community members, businesses and service organizations.
 
Winners are: Negar Farahbakhsh, Armando Gabriel Leon, Hayat Sherif, Gilbert "Gib" Barbo IV and Rocio "Rosey" Gutierrez.
 
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Meals for Unkraine

 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DISTRICT SERVICE EVENT: MEALS FOR UKRAINE

The Outreach Program would like to partner with Rotary District 5340 to help send 100,000 meals from San Diego to Ukraine. You may remember that the Distirct had a similar project two years ago during the pandemic when we packaged 10,000 nutritious meals to local families in need. Join us to assemble protein-rich meals during a fun service project with other volunteers. After the event, Convoy of Hope will ship the food to organizations feeding Ukrainian refugees in Eastern Europe. 
 
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Clubs Join Together to Maximize Efforts and Show a Little Love

A fantastic Rotary District 5340  Rotarians at Work Day event occurred in support of GenerateHope. This was the largest turnout todate with 30 Rotarians from Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club, Coronado Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Southeast San Diego, San Diego Rotary Club, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, and Pacific Beach Rotaract! They made short work of landscaping, deep cleaning and painting projects. The true benefit of this venture was that Rotarians  demonstrated the Human Trafficking survivors at this transition home that they are loved for who they are and that they matter!! 
 
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Watershed Cleanup

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and over 30 Rotarians and family members picked up or cleared over 1,000 pounds of trash from a watershed as part of Rotarians at Work Day.
 
 
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Community Cleanup at the Westwood Club

The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo conducted their latest community cleanup at the Westwood Club to celebrate "Rotarians at Work Day".  They had a great turnout of RB Rotarians to help and a steady stream of cars and truck dropping off disposable items, used furniture and gently used items.  Interfaith Community Services came by for the furniture and Rise Resale Store took a lot of used items.  EDCO Waste Services provided the club with three 40' trash containers.  It was so successful they  had to shut down early - but we'll be back!
 
 
 
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Rotarians Build Thrift Store for Crawford High

Crawford Colts Thrift Store became a reality as part of Rotarians at Work Day this year.  La Mesa Sunrise Rotarian Elena Lujan-Alba teaches at Crawford and responded to a student suggestion that one of the shipping containers on campus be converted to a student thrift store.  She shared the idea with the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club and the project took off.  The LMSRC organized a conversion event and were joined by The El Cajon Sunset and La Mesa Noon Rotary Clubs. Rotarians and students came out to paint, sort, saw, clean and support this joint effort.  Elena's daughter designed the mural, students and Rotarians painted it. The day before, Rotarian Ron Rice painted the entire container inside and out. The shipping container was fitted with clothing racks, and Rotarians sorted donated clothing and hung it all on hangers.  Next up: the planning of a grand opening.  
 
 
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Our May Social is Just Around the Corner

 
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with fellow Rotarians and help grow our District!  Join us for a fun-packed evening of fellowship on May 5      This is a District-sponsored event to give Rotarians and future Rotarians an opportunity to meet, greet and enjoy each other. Rotarians are $25.00 each.  If your guest is a potential Rotarian, they attend free but they must be registered.
 
Please register and join us.  We'd love to see you!  Click here for driving directions.
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CARLSBAD HI-Noon Rotary Reports Results of Scholarship Raffle

 
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary (CHNR) completed its first Scholarship Raffle on March 30, with the prize drawing on Monday, April 4.  Karen Antonio, a CHNR scholarship recipient from 2021 and now a student at Cal State University San Marcos, was present to pick the winning raffle tickets.  
 
Carlsbad HI-Noon Rotary, has, for the past 25 years, provided hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships to college/university bound Carlsbad high school students.  Those funds were generated by major events.  This year, however, those events were cancelled or reduced (due to Covid) and options were discussed to make sure funds were available for scholarships.  The club decided to expand the scholarship offerings beyond colleges, to students interested in trade and technical schools as well.  The application deadline for all scholarships was March 30, 2022.  
 
The Scholarship Raffle was a success meeting its goal! At the CHNR meeting, Karen Antonio, picked the winners of the four raffle prizes:
 
  • 1st prize - $5,000 to Jane Johnson;
  • 2nd prize – a week at a condo on the beach for six people went to Nate Cobb;
  • 3rd prize – an elegant wine basket with a $1,000 value was won by Karen Stoner; and
  • 4th prize – a new television and gift certificates worth $500 went to Elaine Sullivan.  
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Peace Pole Dedicated at Preuss School

A Peace Pole donated by La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club was installed at The Preuss School UC San Diego.  To help promote the concept of peace, the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, through its Peace Committee, donated a peace pole that became part of a newly created zen garden on the campus of The Preuss School UC San Diego.  The project has been a cooperative effort between members of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary club and The Preuss School’s Interact club.
 
The words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” are inscribed on the pole in eight different languages, the choice of which was made by the students and reflects some of the languages spoken by Preuss' families.  
 
The project started in the winter of 2019-2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19.  With the help of retired teacher, Eric Romer, and Tamima Noorzay of UCSD, the project was finally able to be completed and was presented to the Preuss community on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
 
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Charity Golf Scramble

 
Join the Rotary Club of Carlsbad in a charitable golfing event benefitting the North County Lifeline Foundation whose mission is to build self-reliance among youth, adults and families through high-quality, community-based services.    The charitable golf scramble is set for June 10, 2022.  To register to play or to sign up as a sponsor, click here.
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2022 Council on Legislation Report

 
The process to make changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International is handled at Councils on Legislation (COL) meetings that are held in Chicago every three years. A representative for each district goes to the Council to vote on legislation items that are submitted according to a specific timeline. I was the representative for District 5340 at the Council that just happened on April 10-14, 2022.

94 items were under consideration of which only 29 were adopted. These changes will take effect on July 1, 2022. A lot of items were just small and technical changes, but there were a few that are a little more significant. The complete list of proposed legislation can be found at https://my-cms.rotary.org/en/document/proposed-legislation-2022-council-legislation, and the complete results of the vote can be found at https://my-cms.rotary.org/en/document/vote-totals-2022-council-legislation. I will just expand on some items below.
 
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Rotarians at the Padre Game

Rotary District 5340 members and Rotary District 4100 share fellowship together at the Padres vs. Reds game held on April 19.  The Padres won the game 6 to 2.  Don't miss out on the fun of baseball and the fellowship between Rotarians across the district.  The next game is scheduled for May 10 when the Padres take on the Cubs.
 
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Peace Pole Dedication

 
All Rotarians Welcome
Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 at 9am
Balboa Park, near the International Houses
 
The Rotarians from the E-Club of San Diego Global of San Diego have been working on putting together this peace pole for the past four years.  Along with the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club they want to dedicate it at Balboa Park to raise awareness for Global Peace.  With the war in Ukraine giving attention to world conflict, this is a very timely event, sending a message in 12 languages “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. 
 
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Mission Trails Clean Up Opportunity

 
In celebration of Earth Day (March 22) and Rotarians at Work Day (April 30), San Diego Coastal Rotary Club will be cleaning and sprucing up one of our favorite places - the amazing Mission Trails Park, one of the largest, most beautiful natural parks in the US.  Please wear your Rotarian at Work shirt, sun protection and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Be sure to bring a personal water bottle to refill and your own work gloves, if you have them. Tools, gloves and know-how, along with snacks, ice water and Gatorade, will be provided. Family and friends are very welcome.
 
Volunteers under 18 years of age must have the volunteer waiver electronically signed by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers under 13 years of age, must also be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Here's a website to check out Mission Trails Park and find out more: Mission Trails Regional Park (mtrp.org) RSVP to Jenny Parker at jenny@jparkermd.net
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Help District 5340 Reach Its $ Million Goal

 
The World Health Organization reports, “Wild poliovirus transmission has fallen to very low levels with only one new case in 2022.” Only one case of wild poliovirus in 2022! Might this be the last ever reported case? What was once considered wishful thinking, is now within reach. Good-Bye Polio, Thanks Rotary.

This World Immunization Week (April 24-30, 2022) please help our Rotary District reach our $333,333 giving goal this year to end polio. Every Dollar contributed to the PolioPlus Foundation is doubled by the Gates Foundation, which means we will have raised $1 million toward our goal to end polio.
 
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'Rotarians at Work Day

 
Drop us a line and let us know what you or your club are doing to promote Rotary in your community on Sat., April 30th.  Don't have a plan yet?  Perhaps you can link up with other clubs or make the drive up to Newport Back Bay to take part in the StandUp for the Cure event.  More than 500 SUP riders including members of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship throughout SoCal will raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Breast Cancer Research.  Yes there are plenty of ways to get involved so click here to complete the Google form or simply send an email to bretthmorey@gmail.com Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle.  
 
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Low Tide Ride & Stride

 
Kick off summer and Father’s Day Weekend with the 25th Anniversary Low Tide Ride & Stride on a NEW COURSE starting and ending at North Beach.
 
Drop your beach chair at Sunset Park for the after-party with vendor tents and Matt Heinecke on guitar. Don’t miss this local Coronado event hosted by the Rotary Club of Coronado! Your participation supports our wounded warriors and first responders. Register now for early bird pricing: https://lowtideride.com.
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Thousand Smiles Clinic Dates Announced

 
The Thousand Smiles Foundation announced upcoming clinics and is encouraging Rotarians to consider volunteering on one or more clinic dates.  Thousand Smiles Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery and Dental Clinic will be held on the following days in 2022: May 6-7, August 5-6, November 4-5
 
At the following location: 
Thousand Smiles Clinic, Av Mexico 124, Corner of Av Mexico and 18 de Marzo, Colonia Buena Ventura, Ensenada 
 
If you are interested in attending, go to the Foundation website https://thousandsmiles.org, click on Volunteering and under that Sign Up.  
 
Any questions, feel free to call Bob Chalfa at 619 843 2943.
 
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Need a Speaker for Your Meeting?

 
Need a speaker for your meeting? Your AHT Task Force has you covered!  The Rotary District 5340 Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force has created a Speakers Bureau with individuals from clubs in our district trained to provide information, education, and action opportunities to present to clubs regarding human sex trafficking and ways to get involved in combatting this $800 million illicit industry in our region. Research estimates between 3,000 and 6,000 individuals are being trafficked currently in San Diego County. We are happy to schedule a speaker to present to your club. Please contact us for more information about speakers and ways your club can get involved.

Contact: kschafer108@gmail.com, tel: 619-322-6040
 
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Rotary Shows Support

On April 3, PDG Steve Weitzen played in the Operation Game On golf tournament to raise money for wounded veterans.  His playing partners were Bill Sutton and his son and Andy and Bret Geernaert. 
 
Rotarian George Sousa served as their putting coach. 
 
In addition, Bill sponsored two holes on behalf of the Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary Club.  Rotarians were also volunteering to help with the tournament as well as many playing and supporting the cause.  What a great way to show community support!
 

 
 
 
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A PENGUIN, PELICAN, AND POLIO Nicholas R. Hall 2022-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Model UN a Huge Success

Rotary District 5340’s Model United Nations occurred this month.  This action-packed 2-day extravaganza was held at Del Mar City Hall and was a huge success.    
 
Pauline Lin-Endresen, San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club, and her Co-Chair, Klaus Gubenator, Del Mar Club, organized and led over 100 students from 17 schools. In addition, international speakers, teachers, advisors, Rotaractors, and many District 5340 Rotarians were involved throughout the year and on the weekend itself.   Kevin Cahill, Del Mar Club, is the Chair – Emeritus. 
 
During the pandemic, Pauline transformed the Model UN, with its 100+ students and teachers, to an online venue - impressing all involved. Pauline was thrilled to be back in person this year. 
 
Guided by teachers and advisors, the students prepare all year. Student teams represent various nations around the globe, learning about their nations' biggest problems, biggest assets, and taking on that nations' point of view.  Top-notch international speakers attend, speak, and inspire the students as they negotiate the globe's biggest dilemmas.  San Diego State Rotaractors assume Model United Nations leadership roles as the Secretary-General.  
 
Alongside other District 5340 members, to make this a highlight of students' high school careers. All Rotarians participating agreed that "we learn as much as the students" by helping with this event. President Ann-Marie commented, "It's also a lot of fun and a great way to get to know other District 5340 members."
 
Our District 5340 is the only one in the United States with a Rotary Model United Nations Program, started by our District's Pathways to Peace Committee thirteen years ago. Rotary International has a long and proud association with the U.N, with Rotarians involved in its charter, and having the highest consultative status of any nongovernmental organization.  We are also partners with the U.N. in our PolioPlus initiative.
 
Learn more about Rotary's proud participation in the founding of the United Nations in 1945: Rotary and at The Start of the United Nations.  
 
 
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Mini Veterans Stand Down Event in East County

 
 
 
The organizers of a mini–Stand Down Veterans event is looking for additional Rotary partners (Point Loma Rotary is sponsoring). Organizers have assembled a list of items for “Survival Kits” for Veterans to be order from Dollar Tree. Most items come in a case of 24 units. There is an inventory list for both men and women to help you build the kits.  This event is taking place in East County on April 21 from 10AM to 2PM at the VFW Hall, 136 Chambers Street, El Cajon.    The San Diego Blook Bank will also be at this event.  
 
The event will have representatives from the legal aid society, Veterans Village, Paul Mitchel Hair Salon, and Family Health for medical treatment. Service organizations can participate as well.  
 
If you have questions, please contact Robert Cenko at robert.cenko@nw-w.com.  There are four documents you can download to aid you in ordering kits from Dollar Tree as well as inventory lists for both male and female: 
 
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Golf Balls Drop From the Sky

 
Look! Up in the Sky.  It’s a bird. It’s a plane.  It’s golf balls?  Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club announces their 6th Annual Golf Ball Drop to benefit the Navy SEALs Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Griset Branch, the Community Resource Center, and Just in Time for Foster Youth.  
 
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Join with Rotary to Promote the Power of Vaccines to Protect Children and Save Lives

 
During World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, let’s advocate for polio eradication and the importance of vaccines to the health and well-being of our communities.
 
Vaccines are one of the greatest advances of modern medicine. They’re safe, effective, and save millions of lives each year. Our progress in the fight to end polio is proof that vaccines work.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative estimates that the polio vaccine has saved more than 20 million children around the world from paralysis. We need to continue vaccinating children against polio, because as long as the poliovirus circulates anywhere, it is a threat everywhere. 
 
Join with Rotary to Promote the Power of Vaccines to Protect Children and Save Lives 2022-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

You're Invited to Hear a Speaker on Mental Health and Prevention

 
The Old Mission Rotary club invites Rotarians to join them for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 5 at noon to hear Dr. Caitriona Tilden speak on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.  The meeting will be held at the Legacy Resort and Spa Foundation Restaurant.  A bio of the speaker follows:
 
Caitriona Tilden, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychology Fellow at the San Diego VA/UCSD Consortium currently serving veterans at the San Diego VA Center of Recovery Education.  She provides evidence-based, recovery-oriented care to Veterans with serious mental health concerns, specifically those who are experiencing psychosis. Chances are, we all know someone who has struggled with mental health challenges and suicide.  Please join us for lunch at Noon on Tuesday, April 5th to learn about these challenges and where to find resources for help.  This will be the first in a two-part series of presentations about mental health and suicide.  The following week we have Dave Jones of the Escondido After Five Rotary taking on the subject from a very personal standpoint.
 
Please RSVP using this link:
http://evite.me/ZYHvg6Cvfb
 
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April - Maternal and Child Health Month

 
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.  We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
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Wine Anyone?

On March 15, several Del Mar Rotarians met to show off their winemaking skills in a fun evening of competition and wine tasting at Solterra Winery. Outfitted with the necessary tools and a brief tutorial, we got into groups of 4 and 5 and experimented with finding a blend of wine that best suited our palate! Owner and Winemaker Chris Van Alyea did the judging and the team lead by Sharon Schendel came in first place with a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
 
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Hilarity for Charity

On Friday, April 1, with a packed house, Marsha Starr (also a Rotarian), the HIPNO DIVA entertained attendees with a great comedy hypnosis show featuring volunteers from the audience.  This fundraiser was a joint effort between the La Mesa Rotary and the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary clubs.  All proceeds fund the charities both clubs support.  The event included both a live and silent auction.  There was such interest in one of the live auction item that the donor offered it twice!  
 
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Love to Golf?  Join in the District Golf Roundup!

 
 
 
Do you enjoy golfing?  If so, please consider joining the District Golf Roundup scheduled for April 26, 2022 at 2:30 PM at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.  The fee is $45 and includes cart and range balls.  This is a wonderful fellowship opportunity to meet other like-minded Rotarians while enjoying the beautiful sunshine of Southern California.  If you are interested, please contact Bret Geernaert at bretg2019pres@gmail.com.  
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Sub=Regional Round of 4-Way Speech Contest Held

Old Mission Rotary Hosted a Sub-Regional Round of the Rotary District 5340 Four Way Test Speech Contest. (L-R) Chase Bergener (Coronado Club), Yen Lam (Club 33), Kylie Womack (La Mesa Club), Angel Aquino (Rancho Bernardo Club) and Rishab Bora (Carlsbad Club). As always, it was very difficult to rank the speeches as the students were all well prepared and passionate. Rishab Bora and Kylie Womack will be continuing on to the Regional Round of competition. 
 
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Rotarians from the E-Club of San Diego Global and San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club to 
dedicate a Peace Pole at Balboa Park to raise awareness for Global Peace

 
The Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony will be held at Balboa Park, near the International Houses, on Wednesday Aril 27th, 2022 at 9:00 AM. Representatives from the City of San Diego, Rotary District 5340 Governor Dan Gensler, and members from both San Diego Rotary Clubs will be in attendance. “In Rotary, we constantly look to get involved in projects that represent our mission, which includes promoting Peace. We aim to deliver a message of peace and unity, and we believe that in these challenging times, it would be significant to place a symbol of peace in Balboa Park, one of the most emblematic locations of San Diego.
 
Rotarians from the E-Club of San Diego Global and San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club to dedicate a Peace Pole at Balboa Park to raise awareness for Global Peace 2022-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Joint Cleanup Project

On March 26, San Diego Coastal Rotary Club partnered with Coronado Rotary Club as well as PB Rotaract Club to help San Diego Coastkeepers clean up a riverbed in the Otay Valley Regional Park. This beautiful park surrounds the river and wetlands that run to the South Bay National Wildlife Refuge - part of the larger San Diego Bay Refuge Complex. Ranger Moises says that we picked up about 200 pounds of trash (mostly plastic) and helped haul away a 40 cubic yard trailer of debris from invasive trees in the area. Unfortunately, this was only a small amount of the work that needs to get done to keep our sensitive watershed areas healthy. All participants are enthusiastic supporters of Rotary's 7th area of focus and are planning on many more projects like this come.
 
Here is the link to the professional YouTube video that was made to an earlier similar project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKwo8Z9PZCc
 
 
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Rotary Club of Coronado Holds Successful Golf Tourney

On March 25, the Coronado Rotary Club held another great golf tournament.  They sold out at 150 players.  The tournament included a delicious lunch and dinner, putting contest and silent auction.  There were lots of gift certificates to the pro shop for net, gross, long drive, etc,  The money raised will go to Rotary projects (schools, youth sports, military & first responders needs, etc.) locally.  
 
 
Rotary Club of Coronado Holds Successful Golf Tourney 2022-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Hear John Hewko Speak

 
Join us virtually for a conversation with John Hewko, General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International.
 
Tue, Mar 29, 2022, 12:00 PM PDT
Online and Free
 
Come hear the head of one of the largest civil society organizations in the world discuss what role everyday individuals and organizations can play in addressing the Ukraine crisis — from meeting humanitarian needs, to protecting human rights, to de-escalating the conflict.
 
Join us on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2022, 12:00 PM PDT for a conversation with John Hewko, General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
 
Hear John Hewko Speak 2022-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Pick to Give Community Outreach Project

Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club members gathered for their Pick to Give Community Outreach pPoject at the Samuel Bingham estate in RSF.  They picked 45 crates of fresh oranges for a local Encinitas food pantry to supplement their offerings with fresh produce.  It was a beautiful day! Thanks to Seeds of Hope, LCC Rotaract Club, and some nice Encinitas Rotary club members for their help with this project.
 
Pick to Give Community Outreach Project 2022-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Participants Needed for Dementia Caregiving Study

 
Rotarians, here is an opportunity for service:  Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with a San Diego small business, CareVirtue, to develop a legal and financial education tool for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. They are currently looking for people to participate in a survey that will help the research team build this tool.   Click HERE for a copy of the flyer explaining this study.
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Rotary Night at the Padres 2022-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

Encinitas Rotary Club raises $22K for Ukraine

Encinitas Rotary Club raises $22K for Ukraine

ENCINITAS

At the Encinitas Rotary Club meeting last week, Rotary members pulled together and raised nearly $20,000 for relief efforts in war-torn Ukraine.

Rotary Club member Daphne Fletcher gave a presentation about her trip back to Ukraine in search of the long-lost relatives of her great-grandmother, who came to America from Ukraine in the early 1900s for a “better life.”

Encinitas Rotary Club raises $22K for Ukraine 2022-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Check Out the March-April Immunization Committee Newsletter 2022-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Mark Your Calendars for Spring Blood Drive

 
On April 27, roll up your sleeve and join the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps at their Blood Drive. The San Diego Blood Bank will help us. We'll be at the new Von's (10675 Scripps Poway Pkwy) from 9-2:30.
 
To participate you must schedule an appointment at sandiegobloodbank.org/donate or calling 619-400-8251. Appointments are mandatory and donors will need to bring a photo ID.
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Encinitas provides $22K for Humanitarian Supplies

On Wednesday, March 16, Daphne Fletcher of Encinitas Rotary Club made a presentation about her visit to Ukraine to find family roots near Uzhgorod. Just 48 hours later, the Encinitas Rotary Club Foundation had a $22,000 bank-wire out the door based on refugee assistance pledges from Encinitas Rotary members, friends, and even meeting visitors. 

The recipient, Rotary Club of Kosice Classic in Slovakia, is District 2240’s designated coordinator for humanitarian supplies. Through a signed donor agreement, Rotary Club Kosice Classic will use the Encinitas Rotary funds to procure supplies and get them to the Rotary Club of Uzhgorod-Skala, just across the border with Ukraine. Both clubs conducted daily assessments on the situation of refugees at the border. Mechanisms are in place to transport and distribute supplies. A number of other Rotary Clubs in Europe have been routing donated supplies through Rotary Club Kosice Classic. Encinitas Rotary’s monetary donation will provide Euros to purchase bulk supplies in Slovakia.  Encinitas Rotary Club President Sherry Yardley stated, “All we needed to know was that fellow Rotarians were there to get the job done!”       
 
 
Encinitas provides $22K for Humanitarian Supplies 2022-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Members Spruce Up Human Trafficking Survivor Home

Nearly two dozen Rotarians from six clubs gather to perform some much-needed landscaping and light house cleaning for a North County home for human trafficking survivors. Thanks so much for the team at Refuge for Women who had us out! Clubs represented included Rancho Santa Fe Rotary, Southeast San Diego Rotary, La Jolla Golden Triangle, Oceanside Rotary, and Rancho Bernardo Rotary. Thanks to everyone who came out to help.
 
 
Rotary District Members Spruce Up Human Trafficking Survivor Home 2022-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation Has Created a Channel For Direct Humanitarian Support to Ukraine Rotary International 2022-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 5340’s Anti-Human Trafficking Summit A Success!

The joint Point Loma Nazarene University/Rotary District 5340 “Ending Human Trafficking” Summit was a resounding success with more than 300 community, government, law enforcement, and non-profit leaders gathering to collaborate on how we end this $800 San Diego County illicit industry. Nearly two dozen Rotarians were also present.
 
Watch this YouTube video to see the entire program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU7im5n6jdA
 

 
 
Rotary District 5340’s Anti-Human Trafficking Summit A Success! 2022-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Del Mar Refurbishes Access Ramp

On March 14, members of the Rotary Club of Del Mar met at the La Colonia Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in the Eden Gardens neighborhood of Solana Beach to refurbish the access ramp to Casita de Gloria.
 
Members installed new handrails and a fresh coat of paint to provide a pleasing pathway to the Casita, which houses mentoring programs and other club activities. Outside the casita, El Jardin de los Ninos provides hands-on experiences in organic gardening.
 
Casita de Gloria was named to honor Gloria Castellanos, who spearheaded the La Colonia branch, and currently serves as the La Colonia clubhouse manager.
 
Rotary Club of Del Mar Refurbishes Access Ramp 2022-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Builds Their 22nd House in Tijuana

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary completed its 22nd house in Tijuana on Saturday, March 12, 2022.  Thanks to Chairman Ray Green and his team - Laura Green, Rocco Ciesco, Estela Mitrani, Christian Chapman, Kate Hanham, Paul Kartzke, Mark Packard, and Vic Gausepohl, this project was a great success.
 
A lot of effort went into planning this successful project, including planning meals and hydration options as well as finding ample storage to house the donated materials for the construction and furnishings.  
 
The build in Tijuana was like going to the symphony. It was a well-orchestrated effort with everyone playing their part in harmony. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Builds Their 22nd House in Tijuana 2022-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Network Enables Rapid Humanitarian Relief for Ukranian Refugees

Posted by Rotary International
 
The crisis in Ukraine is having devastating consequences on civilians as families flee their homes. According to the United Nations, more than 2 million people, most of them women and children, have sought refuge in neighboring countries and across Europe, while about 1 million more people have been displaced within Ukraine.
 
Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and around the world have taken swift action and are working with members nearby to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees.
Rotary's Network Enables Rapid Humanitarian Relief for Ukranian Refugees Rotary International 2022-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Responds to Ukranian Refugee Crisis

 
Rotary's Disaster Response Fund is a general fund to receive contributions for worldwide response to natural disasters. The fund typically provides for Disaster Response Grants of up to $25,000, made to Rotary Districts to assist on the ground in these disaster areas. 
 
Due to the growing humanitarian and refugee crisis taking place in Ukraine and the impacted surrounding countries, on March 2, 2022, the Executive Committee of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, acting on behalf of the Trustees, agreed that the sudden and extreme needs prompted by the crisis in Ukraine warrant immediate action to bring relief in these impacted areas.    
 
Rotary Responds to Ukranian Refugee Crisis 2022-03-12 08:00:00Z 0
District Grant Reports Due April 1 2022-03-12 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Partner for Optical Mission

The Optical Mission of the Rotary Club of Meycauayan East of District 3770 in partnership with sister club, the Rotary Club of Sweetwater San Diego, was started last October 16, 2021 with the aim of providing comfort to at least 100 school children with eye problems. In early 2022, COVID conditions eased up in the Philippines allowing the mission to resume providing free eye consultations, examinations, testing and eye glasses to elementary school children in the nearby communities of Meycauayan City.  Pictures show members of RC Meycauayan East led by President Ernie Tolentino, DGN Rudy Enriquez and AG James Javier.
 
Rotary Clubs Partner for Optical Mission 2022-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

410 Pounds of Oranges Headed to Food Bank

This week a small group of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotarians and friends picked 410 pounds of oranges and delivered them to the Community Food Connection in Poway on Thursday morning. This is just one of many projects this club participates in - another great job!
 
410 Pounds of Oranges Headed to Food Bank 2022-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Sponsors Book Faire

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary produced another Book Faire for Jefferson Elementary students this week.  Mo Taylor chaired the team: Dave Dana, Yvonne Finocchiaro, Eric Lodge, Harry Peacock and Helen Wells. Carlsbad Union School District Superintendent Churchill and Jefferson Principal Carla Bos also attended. Every student was able to select and to buy two books for a quarter each.  All the happy faces were a wonderful sight for all participants.    
 
Rotary Club Sponsors Book Faire 2022-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

San Diego Police Department to Get Upgrades

 
The La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club (LJGTRC) will perform their eighth San Diego Police Department (SDPD) community service project on the weekends of March 19th and 26th remodeling a large portion of the Department’s Northeastern Division which provides protection to the San Diego communities of Miramar, Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Mountain, Sabre Springs, 4S Ranch, and Rancho Bernardo.  
San Diego Police Department to Get Upgrades 2022-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Music Contest Held

La Mesa Noon Rotary Club hosted the annual music contest this week. Although these kids haven’t been playing for long, they were terrific! Each was awarded prize money for their efforts!
 
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Want to Play Golf?

 
Join us!  The Rotary Club of Coronado is presenting its 26th Annual Coronado Rotary Charity Golf Tournament at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course on Friday, March 18, 2022.
 
Your entry fee of $250 includes green fees, luncheon, beverages and post-game barbecue, as well as prizes for closest to the pin on all par threes and longest drives for men and women.  Don’t have a foursome?  No problem!  We will match you with others so everyone can play.  It’s a full day of fun starting at 10:30 AM with registration and a putting contest.  Shotgun start using a scramble format will commence at 1:00 PM.  
 
Want to Play Golf? 2022-03-06 08:00:00Z 0

Gala Benefiting Thousand Smiles

 
The Thousand Smiles Foundation was established by a group of Rotarians from the San Diego area in 1985, to provide free professional medical treatment to patients with maxillofacial deformities who, without our help, would go untreated, to use our facilities to provide dental care to under privileged children and to promote a bilateral interchange of medical, dental and surgical techniques between the medical professionals from the USA and the countries in which we work.
 
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Give the Gift of Life!

 
The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise is sponsoring a blood drive on March 26.  If you can donate, please do so as there is currently a shortage of blood in San Diego County.  
 
Date: March 26, 2022
Time: 10-3:30 PM
Location: 12156 Carmel Mountain Rd #300
Panera Bread Parking Lot
San Diego, CA 92128
 
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How Rotarians Can Help Ukraine Humanitarian Efforts

 
There has been an outpouring of concern on how we can help the citizens of Ukraine who are experiencing tremendous suffering and loss with thousands of women and children fleeing the country.   My classmate, District Governor Dana Moldovan from District 5240 (California Central Coast) is originally from Romania.  In her conversations with our fellow Rotarians in Romania she said, “Refugees are arriving in Romania with almost nothing, some are just walking over the border.  Most refugees are women and children as the men are staying behind to defend their country. It is still winter and yesterday it snowed again at the border.”  Of course, we’re all seeing the disturbing images on the news and naturally wondering how we can help. 
 
We have coordinated with District Governor Adrian Luca & District Governor Elect Florin Marginean from Romania Rotary District 2241 to provide support for the refugees.  Contributions will be used for food, clothing and shelter for the women and children refugees. 
 
If you wish to help, please make your checks payable to:
 
Rotary District 5340
Write: “UKRAINIAN REFUGEES” in the memo line. 
Mail check to:   Rotary District 5340   5052 Clairemont Drive #178651   San Diego, CA 92117

 Use the Donate Now Button to donate using your credit card.

Thank you for your generosity!
 
District 5340 Governor, Dan Gensler
 
 
How Rotarians Can Help Ukraine Humanitarian Efforts 2022-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Musings - An Historic PETS

 
An Historic PETS 
 
By any measure this year’s Presidents Elect Training Seminar was historic.  We’ll start with appearance of Jennifer Jones, the first woman president of Rotary International in its 117-year existence.  It was the first time for District 5000 from Hawaii to join Southwest PETS.  The other districts in attendance were: 5320, Orange County; 5280, Los Angeles; 5330, Riverside; 5495, Greater Arizona; 5240, Santa Barbara; 5300, Pasadena; 5500, Tucson; and, of course, 5340 from San Diego and Imperial County. It was the first time in two years that PETS was in person.  It was held at the LAX Marriott hotel.  There were over 350 presidents elect getting ready to lead our clubs.  
 
Sunday Musings - An Historic PETS 2022-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Chula Vista Rotary Shows Love to Healthcare Workers

The Chula Vista Rotary delivered 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the healthcare heroes at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. They showered local heroes with appreciation for their ongoing love and care for our community!  Thank you to all the Chula Vista Rotarians who donated and participated in this service project.   Here is the response they received from healthcare workers at Sharp Chula Vista:  "Thank you again for the cookies! They went a long way to spread love! And the added detail of a homemade card made them extra special." 
 
The club sent cookies to the ICU and to the Emergency Department, since they have been most impacted during this time, and it’s hard for them to leave the units.  The rest were distributed during our “Show Love” event for staff on Valentine's Day.”
 
 
The club conducted a second round of Girl Scout cookie deliveries! In collaboration with Neisha’s Dance & Music Academy, the Rotary Club of Chula Vista donated cookies to the Heathcare Heroes at Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista. 
 
Chula Vista Rotary Shows Love to Healthcare Workers 2022-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month

 
Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.
 
While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for our members to also improve sanitation facilities in undeveloped countries. Members start by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure and then add education programs to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits.
 
March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month 2022-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

Join in on Coastal Cleanup Project March 26

 
 
March is Rotary water and sanitation month so San Diego Coastal Rotary Club will be partnering with SD Coastkeepers on March 26 to clean up a waterway in the Otay Valley Riverbed as well as adding native trees. We will be ridding the area of debris before it has the opportunity to make it out the ocean. We will also be doing some restoration work that will improve the ecosystem and eventually prevent run off of rainwater in the area.   All Rotarians are invited to assist with this project.  
Join in on Coastal Cleanup Project March 26 2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

District Training Assembly Around the Corner

 
 
ARE YOU REGISTERED?  The District Training Assembly is a great opportunity for officers, committee chairs and club members, new and old, to learn how to manage programs, projects and best practices from knowledgeable Rotarians.  The District Training Assembly is especially beneficial in educating new members/Red Badgers about Rotary, its programs and the resources available in the district.    
 
Two members of any club planning to apply for a District Grant MUST register and attend the District Grants Seminar.  
 
The Global Grants Seminar will be held from 12:10 to 1:30 PM - two members of every Club planning to apply for a Global Grant are required to attend this seminar.  
 
Online registration is open, and classes are filling up so don't delay.  Click on register now set up your classes.
 
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Rotary Club of Sweetwarter Partners with the Rotary Club of Meycauayan East

The Optical Mission of the Rotary Club of Meycauayan East of District 3770 in partnership with sister club, the Rotary Club of Sweetwater San Diego, was started last October 16, 2021, with a goal to provide comfort and improved sight to at least 100 school children with eye problems.
 
The Misson resumed last Saturday, February. 19, 2022 following improved Covid 19 conditions in the Philippines, which have eased up and normalized a bit.  The group conducted free eye consultations, examinations, testing and eyeglasses to elementary school children in the nearby communities of Meycauayan City.  There efforts continued on February 26, 2022. 
 
Photo:  Members of RC Meycauayan East led by Pres. Ernie Tolentino, DGN Rudy Enriquez and AG James Javier
Rotary Club of Sweetwarter Partners with the Rotary Club of Meycauayan East 2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Raffle to Benefit High School Seniors in Carlsbad

 
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary presents its first Scholarship Raffle to fund the scholarship pool for high school seniors who reside in Carlsbad.  This year, funds will support scholarships for college, trade and technical schools.  
 
Do to Covid restrictions, fundraising events are off the table.  Taking a creative posture, Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary club elected to hold a raffle to help support their scholarship efforts. The goal is to sell 2500 tickets between now and March 30, 2022.  Cost of tickets are $20 for one and $100 for six tickets.  Due to regulations, purchase of tickets online is prohibited.  Tickets can be purchased through Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotarians or through mail: Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Foundation, PO Box 130175, Carlsbad 92013.  Your tickets will be sent to you.  The drawing will occur on April 4 at the club's regular meeting.  
 
Scholarship Raffle to Benefit High School Seniors in Carlsbad 2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Presidents-Elect Attend Pets

Club's president-elect gathered this weekend at the LA Marriot to attend the Presidents-Elect Training Session (PETS).  This is the first PETS in-person gathering since 2020.  Participants receive a first-class training session geared toward arming them with the tools to be effective leaders for the upcoming Rotary year.  Team building and networking are essential components of the training session as is inspiring stories and a lot of cheerleading.  Make sure to ask your club's president-elect what they learned and even better ask them how you can help during their tenure as president.  
 
Presidents-Elect Attend Pets 2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Michael Fuqua, Jim Hyldahl selected for Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame

Congratulations are extended to Rancho Bernardo Rotary club members Mike Fuqua and Jim Hyldahl who were selected to be inducted into the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame.  Jim and Mike join five other Rancho Bernardo Rotarians in the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame: Mike Stelman, Karen Stelman, Dave Brooks, Scott Lawn and Don Glover.  Their achievement was noted in the Rancho Bernardo News. 
 
Click here to read the article.  It is very clear that the Rancho Bernardo Rotary club members are People of Action.  
 
Photo:  Mike Fuqua on left with Jim Hyldah on the right.
Rotarians Michael Fuqua, Jim Hyldahl selected for Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame 2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 5340 Policy for Rotary Foundation Grants 2022-2023

 
 
The District Grants Policy for 2022-2023 has been published and you will find the link below.   To be considered for District Designated Funds (DDF), the sponsoring club must be current on all District and Global Grant reporting; be current on Rotary International and District dues; enter Rotary Foundation giving goals on MyRotary.org by August 1, 2022 and ensure projects comply with the District 5340 Youth Protection Policy.
 
To be eligible for district grant DDF, the Rotary club requesting the DDF allocation must have contributed either a minimum of $50 per capita to the Annual Fund or a total of $5,000 to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation for the 2021-2022 Rotary year.  Two club members must attend the District Grants In-person (District Training Assembly on March 19 - to register click here) or Online Training by June 1, 2022. Trainees must also complete and pass the District Grants online quiz by June 1, 2022. Potential Primary Contacts are strongly encouraged to attend the District Grants In-person or Online Training.
 
To review the entire grants policy click here.  
 
Rotary District 5340 Policy for Rotary Foundation Grants 2022-2023 2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Motorized Scooters Donated by the Rotary Club of Sweetwater

Two motorized scooters were donated by the Rotary Club of Sweetwater San Diego to the community of the Order of the Most Holy Savior and St. Brigitte in Tijuana, Mexico for use by their elderly and ambulation impaired members. Blessings and turnover ceremonies were held last Sunday, February 20, 2022 at St. Charles Catholic Church Parish Hall, which was attended by Sweetwater Rotarians led by club president, Marissa De Luna.
 
Group photo shows seated from left, VP Rosie Mallari, Pres. Marissa, Rtn Pat Quebada, and Rtn Veronic Villanueva.  Standing from left, Rtns. Fatima Larcome, Joy Vicente, Carmelita Vicente, Jason Larcome, Severo De Luna, K of C Joe Bajo, Sec. Romeo Villanueva, Philip Villanueva, Florian Pet, Freda Pet, K of C Frank & Margaret Dominguez.
Motorized Scooters Donated by the Rotary Club of Sweetwater 2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

19th Annual Point Loma Rotary 
Comedy Night

 
Friday March 11, 2022
Doors open: 7 PM, Show Starts 8 PM
United Portugueses S.E.S Hall
2818 Avenida de Portugal
San Diego, CA 92106
 
Join the Point Loma Rotary Club for an evening of comedy.  Proceeds from this event will fund community and international charities.  This is the 19th year the Club has held this fundraiser.  What a great opportunity to share laughter and camaraderie with fellow Rotarians.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the link provided below.  
 
 
19th Annual Point Loma Rotary Comedy Night 2022-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Prepare for District Training Assembly

 
Prepare for the District Training Assembly

Your club officers will benefit from the leadership and team-building skills they’ll learn during their upcoming district training assembly. They’ll also hear about new district initiatives and how districts can support club innovations. Find exercises in the District Training Assembly Leader’s Guide to help your teams work together to define new goals and strategies for their year in office.
 
RI recommends that club officers and committee chairs complete the courses for their roles before attending district training assembly sessions. Role-specific learning plans are available in the club leadership catalog.
Prepare for District Training Assembly 2022-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

LaJolla Sunrise Rotary Club Sponsors Virtual Food Drive

 
Two years of COVID economy followed by the rising cost of food at the grocery store (7% food inflation) have impacted almost everyone, but it has pushed many in San Diego past the tipping point:  They cannot afford to buy food for their families.  This flows down to school children sitting in class, distracted by being hungry.
 
LaJolla Sunrise Rotary has teamed with the (Irwin) Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank to sponsor a virtual food drive.  The food bank is the largest in San Diego.  They have more than 200 food distribution sites and provide food to more than 1/2 million people per month.  They are a non-profit 501c.
 
LaJolla Sunrise Rotary Club Sponsors Virtual Food Drive 2022-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

I l like the Rotary Logo

Chuck Pretto, District 5340 Governor-Elect
 
Recently, our District Governor-Elect Chuck Pretto submitted an article to the Rotary Voices, an online blogging site featuring all things Rotary.  His topic was I like the Rotary logo.  It was thoughtfully written and worth sharing with members of District 5340.  He’s a big believer in the power of the Rotary logo. So much so, Chuck plans to give every member in our district a Rotary pin during his visits to clubs. He hopes it will help start more conversations between members and the next generation of Rotary and Rotaract members.  Below is his article:
 
I like the Rotary logo — the one with the wheel and the word “Rotary” next to it. It’s not always a popular opinion though. Some members prefer the old Rotary wheel and continue to use it, even though it was retired nearly a decade ago. In some ways, I get it. We Rotary members can be traditionalists.
 
The modern Rotary logo has something that the old one doesn’t though: name recognition — literally. The word “Rotary” (or Rotaract) is in big letters. It’s easy to read and most importantly, it’s easy to identify. I experienced that difference first-hand when I started wearing the modern Rotary logo on my lapel pin.
 
From my dental hygienist to the person bagging my groceries, I was getting asked about Rotary everywhere. I never had this level of engagement before! You know why? Because we aren’t a big corporation like Starbucks with a logo you just know. The wheel doesn’t mean anything to the public. By adding “Rotary” to the wheel, our logo becomes much more identifiable. And because of that, I’ve had many delightful conversations with people. Some have even joined our club meetings to learn more about Rotary. It’s been a great recruitment tool.
 
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Fisher House Receives Needed Supplies

This month, Santee-Lakeside Rotary club members and friends of Rotary donated much needed supplies to the Fisher House San Diego. Fisher House's Mission of serving military by providing a "home away from home," at no cost, for their families while they are hospitalized caught the attention of the club who wanted to help.   These homes allow military families to focus on the medical care and recovery of their loved one.
 
Photo:  Santee-Lakeside president, Laura Purdom delivers supplies to Fisher House San Diego
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Rotary Night at the Padres

 
Rotary Night at the Padres
 
Come join us for an evening of fellowship as we cheer on our Padres team.  Seats are located in left field at "The Point".  Game Ticket: $35.00, 40.00 and $41.00 | Limit per person: 5 game tickets.

The electronic ticket(s) will be emailed to you by Patty Fortin, 5340 District Administrator, 30 days before game day.  Here is the lineup:
 
Padres vs. Cubs 
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Game Starts 6:40 PM
 
Padres vs. Mets 
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 | Game Starts 6:40 PM
 
Tuesday, July 5, 2022 | Game Starts at 1:10 PM
 
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 | Game Starts at 6:40 PM
 
 
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The Paul Harris Society

 
”The Rotary Foundation is the life blood of Rotary.”    “Without the Foundation, there would be no Rotary.  Rotary was Wayne’s passion and I will continue to support that passion”  |  LeeAnn Cusick, Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, (Wayne Cusick, Founder of Paul Harris Society D5340).
 
By giving from your heart each and every year, you’ll support families and change lives. Paul Harris Society gifts have helped provide:
 
  • Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa
  • Water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India
  • A scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies
  • Peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda
  • Treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali
 
Do you want to join the Paul Harris Society, Click here for the application. 
 
 
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Thousand Smiles Holds Successful Clinic

Thousand Smiles Foundation held a successful February clinic two weeks ago.  The Foundation would like to thank those who supported it!  Many thanks to the Point Loma Rotary club for sponsoring the volunteer lunches at the clinic. We had a very tasty taco luncheon. Gracias to the Lake Elsinore Rotary club for sponsoring the patient/family lunches as an ongoing project they have had for many years! Appreciation goes to the Centenaria Rotary of Ensenada for their ongoing logistical support as liaisons to the Baja Community. The Santee Rotary club gifted our kids with hundreds of toothbrushing kits, and the Highway 78 Rotary club supported us with books in Spanish, nutrition lessons, as well as internet magic! And of course, all our dedicated volunteers from other Rotary clubs and medical/dental people. We cannot function without this core of dedicated people!  The Foundation is also grateful for Jimbos Markets for their ongoing support of our nutrition education and their donations!
 
Two more clinics have been added to the Foundation's existing six clinics a year agenda. In March, they will be holding a pediatric clinic for Baja special needs children who would otherwise go unseen for dental care. They will also do another one later in the year. We are continuing to find more ways to serve the needy population in Baja. 
 
 
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District to Support Afghan Refugee Efforts

 
Rotary District 5340 and the San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) are joining forces to support community-based organizations that are providing support services to Afghan Refugees in San Diego County.  These organizations are providing very important services and goods to the thousands of incoming families in San Diego County that require assistance with emergency food, housing, clothing, legal services, transportation, health care and so much more.
 
This first-of-a-kind community collaboration for our Rotary District will include financial support from both organizations and volunteer opportunities for all members.  To date, we have assembled $30,000 in support for this important cause, and we expect this to grow significantly.  We have an anonymous donor that has agreed to match $10,000 in additional donations. 
 
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Bouncy Balls Galore

What was the Fallbrook Village Rotary doing last Saturday? They joined the annual Baseball Bash at Ingold's Sports Park passing out bouncy balls to the kids! At their Rotary table, Rotarians shared the message about “Service Above Self,” handing out flyers, pens and business cards while some parents signed up to get more emails about our events!  Everyone learned about the club's fundraisers and how Rotary works to eradicate polio! The smiling kids and bouncy balls were hopping all over the parking lot! 
 
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Sign Up Now for the District Training Assembly

 
Don't forget to register today for the 2022 District Training Assembly!  Held only once a year the District Training Assembly (DTA) is a great opportunity for officers, committee chairs and club members, new and old, to learn how to manage programs, projects and best practices from other Rotarians.  The District Training Assembly is especially beneficial in educating members about Rotary, programs and the resources available through the District.  Online registration is open, and classes are filling up, so don't delay!  Visit the District website today to register and select your classes!
 
Two members of any club planning to apply for a District Grant MUST register to attend the District Grants Seminar, immediately following the District Assembly.  Additionally, for those clubs planning on applying for a Global Grant, two members of your club need to attend the Global Grants Seminar being held as part of the District Assembly from 12:10 to 1:30 PM.  
 
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What Are You Doing for Rotarians at Work Day?

 
It's time to create a little excitement for Rotarians at Work Day as District Governor Dan Gensler has tasked Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Founder of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship to help clubs throughout D5340 to promote their hands-on service events.  As many of you know, the late Bob Watson of the Rotary Club of Coronado encouraged Rotarians throughout D5340 to select a hands-on project the last Saturday of April so that we could unite to share how Rotarians make a difference in our community.  This concept of Bob's became a global phenomenon as thousands of clubs around the globe have since adopted his vision as well. 
What Are You Doing for Rotarians at Work Day? 2022-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Super Bowl Beach Clean Up in OB

 
Join members of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship, Rotarians, Rotaract, Interact members, friends in the surf community and others as we clean up Ocean Beach on Saturday, February 12 at 8:00 AM.  Wear your favorite NFL team jersey or any other sports team jersey and invite others to join in the fun by texting "OB" to 858-602-2532 or simply register online at: www.surfersunite.org/events.
 
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Wish to join others from Southern California up at Newport Back Bay for a day of fun?  Well check out all the upcoming service events for Rotarians, Rotaract and Interact members as well as friends in the surfing community at: www.surfersunite.org/events.
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The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Presents Grant to the Balboa Park Committee of 100

On Tuesday, February 1st, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant to the Committee of 100 to help them in their efforts to preserve Balboa Park.  The grant of $10,000 will be used for the preservation of the facade of the Balboa Park Gymnasium.
 
Photo:  Roger Showley is the President of the The Committee of One Hundred and works to preserve Balboa Park’s architecture, gardens and public spaces.
 
The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Presents Grant to the Balboa Park Committee of 100 2022-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Humanitarian Visit to La Rumorosa Mexico

Several members the Chula Vista Eastlake Rotary club made a trip to a home for abandoned seniors in La Rumorosa, Mexico on February 5th. They dropped off food, blankets, and gently worn clothing. But the main purpose of the visit was to scout out the repairs needed at La Casa Para Pobres Desamparados. The electricity is out in the kitchen and a dedicated electrical box is needed to handle the load for the electric water heater. Another visit is planned to ensure the electrician the club helped facilitate was able to complete the job. For now, though, they were glad to make a small dent in their ongoing needs.
 
 
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Monthly Rotary Theme

 
One of the seven areas of focus of Rotary we don’t seem to talk about very much is peacebuilding and conflict prevention (the actual area of focus is named "Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution"), which is the theme for the month of February. It is often, however, the conflicts that occur throughout the world that are the root causes of poverty, despair, economic hardship and poor health. Take for instance the major deterrent to polio eradication: the difficulty in vaccinating children in war torn countries. Rotary International as an organization understands this relationship and therefore is deeply invested in supporting individuals and programs that will develop leaders who are committed to seeking ways toward peace. The path toward peace begins with understanding and respect for the differences that make us unique.
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Join Us for a Night of Hilarity

 
Join in on a night of hilarity on April 1 at 7:00 PM at the La Mesa Community Center.  This event is a joint effort by both the La Mesa Sunrise and La Mesa Rotary clubs.  100% of the proceeds go towards sustainable projects the clubs have selected to participate in.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.laughlamesa.org.   
 
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Join Us at the RI Convention in Houston

 
We are pleased to confirm that the 2022 Rotary International Convention will be an in-person event in Houston, Texas on June 4-8, 2022.
 
We are offering a special registration rate of $495 through 28 February.  Click here to take advantage of this offer.  
 
All Rotary International convention and preconvention participants must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR provide a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival at the convention.  

Check https://on.rotary.org/3umeujx for updates as we continue to determine what safety protocols are necessary, based on the current recommendations for safe gatherings from the CDC.  We will see you in Houston! 
 
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Let's Give Back to Those Who Give So Much.

 
At Sharp HealthCare and other health care facilities, thousands of dedicated individuals still face a daily struggle against COVID-19. Driven by a love for their work and a love for the people entrusted to their care.  They continue to work tirelessly, preventing illness and saving lives. As Rotarians and People of Action, let’s return the empathy. Sharp HealthCare has given us the means to make a difference:  Send a Valentine, donate meals or share a message from your heart.  This is similar in practice to sending letters to soldiers, sailors and airmen overseas, thanking them for their service.  All the contact information and links follow below.  
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Save the Date - District Training Assembly

 
Held only once a year, the District Training Assembly (DTA) offers training on a variety of subjects to Rotarians, including club officers, directors and committee chairs to help them be effective club leaders.  ALL ROTARIANS - especially Red Badgers - are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
More information will be coming out on a weekly basis so please be on the lookout for these postings.  Postings will include a registration link and course information.
 
For those participating in District/Global Grants, this assembly will have a special Global Grants Seminar that requires two members of every club planning to apply for a Global Grant to attend.  Start deciding who those participants will be.
 
More to come.......
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Spring Cleaning Volunteer Event at a Human Trafficking Survivor Home

 
Help us provide some needed spring sleaning at a Human Trafficking Survivor Home in North County March 5 from 8 AM to 12 PM. We’ll be doing some much-needed, non-skilled outdoor gardening, weeding and deep cleaning for this wonderful healing facility while demonstrating to its residents that Rotarians care about their well-being.

Sign up soon by emailing Dave Oates at david@publicrelationssecurity.com. Details will follow to those who sign up.
 
 
 
Spring Cleaning Volunteer Event at a Human Trafficking Survivor Home 2022-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Providing Service to Their Communities

Chula Vista Rotary
 
Members of the Chula Vista Rotary spent the morning of January 29 in service and fellowship, volunteering at Feeding San Diego. 
 
 
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary
 
Members of the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary is doing their part to spread joy around San Diego. They made California poppy seed bombs out of clay to throw around the community and brighten our world. 
 
 
Route 78 Rotary Club
 
Route 78 Rotary members Ashley Anello and Tamara Stark presented a check from their club for $500. as well as food to Unicorn 🦄 House in Oceanside.
 
 
Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club
 
The Rotary Club of Santee Lakeside is proud to support Paws for Purple Hearts San Diego.  Rotarians Lori Bird, Laura Purdom and Taylor Henderson presented a grant check of $1,000 to help them continue their amazing work with Veterans.
 
 
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 Rotary Foundation Training Session

 
Mark your calendars today for a very important training session put on by the District's Foundation Committee.  The Foundation Training Session will be held on February 9 at 4:00 PM.  This will be a Zoom meeting. Topics to be covered include Major Gifts and Major Impact for Changing the World and information on how your club can become a Promise Club.  
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  Don't delay, register today!
 
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Escondido After Five Rotary Club Fundraiser

 
The Escondido After Five Rotary Club is getting ready to hold its annual fundraiser on February 26, celebrating ten years of providing scholarships, giving joy to families during the holidays, supporting veterans and empowering youth in the community. 
 
Come celebrate Al Owens, the first recipient of the Club's Spirit of the Community Award.  The event will be held at the Morgan Run Club and Resort from 5:00 PM to 10: PM.   The address is 5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091.
 
Proceeds will benefit Felicita Elementary, Mission Middle School, Valley High School, Del Lago Academy, San Pasqual Academy, Operation Standown, Salvation Army, Education COMPACT and Rising Star.
 
Please contact Sue Barajas for more information and to obtain tickets at suebarajas@hotmail.com. Each ticket is $75 or two for $140. 
 
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Mariachi Festival Slated for April 10

 
The Route 78 Rotary Club is holding is signature fundraiser - their 8th Annual Mariachi Festival on April 10, 2022 at the California Center for the Arts.  VIP Tacos & Tequila VIP event begins at 12:30 PM, Concert begins at 3:00pm. 
 
This year will feature Mariachi Champaña Nevin from San Diego and world-renowned singer Monica Abrego, along with Baile Folklórico by Tierra Caliente.

Those attending need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test and remain masked indoors. 

You may buy tickets online here.  
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RI President-Elect Sets Theme for 2022-2023

 
 
RI President-elect Jennifer Jones imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. She urges members to engage more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that change the world.  Speaking to District Governors-elect at this year's Governor's Training Assembly, RI PE Jones announced that the 2022-2023 Rotary International Annual Theme is Imagine Rotary!
RI President-Elect Sets Theme for 2022-2023 2022-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

Vaccination Committee Publishes Newsletter

 
Be on the lookout! District 5340's Immunization Committee is publishing a monthly Vaccine, Health & Wellness Newsletter.  The first edition of the Newsletter can be obtained here.  This Committee has been instrumental throughout the years in bringing public awareness of the importance of vaccination to Rotary clubs and the public-at-large - most notably the Polio vaccination efforts.   Each month, Newsbits will publish the link to the most current edition of the newsletter making it convenient for you to access it in a timely manner.  
 
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Del Mar Rotary Club Making a Difference in Their Community

 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar proudly supports the Del Mar Lifeguards through its grants program. Part of this year's grant went towards the purchase of the pictured EMT kits. To date two lifeguards have been able to complete EMT training, and more are scheduled. They are also available to Del Mar Firefighters.
 
 
After the Rotary Club of Del Mar completed the refurbishment of the benches in Del Mar so beautifully, the community service team was asked to also refurbish the tables, chairs, and benches at City Hall.  The City of Del Mar will be recognizing all who participated during their February 7th meeting.
Del Mar Rotary Club Making a Difference in Their Community 2022-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

Sponsorships of Afghan Refugees

 
 
Did you know that Rotary Clubs can sponsor incoming Afghan refugee families?

The Sponsor Circle Program is a community-led resettlement initiative that allows everyday Americans to take on the responsibility of welcoming Afghan newcomers to their communities. This is an emergency response launched to ensure that all arriving Afghans receive welcome and support. The Sponsor Circle Program pairs Afghan newcomers with community groups eager to provide support.  Your Rotary club may be interested in sponsoring a family.  For more information please click link:  https://www.sponsorcircles.org/. The Program also provides application support sessions Monday-Friday; you can sign up here: https://www.sponsorcircles.org/application-support-sessions.
 
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Imperial Valley Clubs Celebrate 100 Years of Service

It’s not every day that Rotary celebrates a club centennial, but Rotarians from District 5340 had that honor this year when Imperial Valley clubs celebrated 100 years of service. Rotary clubs celebrating 100 years were Calexico, Brawley, Holtville and El Centro.  Imperial celebrated 25 years.  

Making the event even more special was the attendance of Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta and his lovely wife Rashi.  President Mehta was the keynote speaker for this event and his speech left everyone motivated to keep working and growing Rotary by focusing on the goal of everyone bring one and everyone keep one.  

The two-day event was held at the Quechan Casino Resort in Winterhaven, California on January 7 and 8.  Two Districts (D5340 and D5500) were represented at the event including D5340 Governor Dan Gensler, Governor-Elect Chuck Pretto, and Governor Nominee Don Fipps. Past District Governors Marge Cole and Mel Gallegos and his wife Judy attended as did Zone Director Vicki Puliz and Assistant Governors Melissa Short and Hortencia Armendariz.  

The celebration included a tour of the area, a social hour to kick off the event and breakfast for the committee members with President Mehta and Rashi.  The evening included videos of charter members sharing their experiences of service above self and why Rotary is important for communities and the world.  

The planning of the centennial began in 2020 under leadership of committee chair Clifford Caldwell who acknowledged all the hard work put into making this celebration one to remember.  Kudos went out to leaders of District 5340 committee members Eric Freeman, Bob Barros, Robert Menvielle, George Marquez, Hortencia Armendariz, James Garcia, Dillon Faubion, Maria Lucas, Ross Daniels and Peggy Price.

There is no better way to covey the excitement of the evening better than with pictures.  Below you will find a sampling of camaraderie experienced during the celebration.  
 
 
Imperial Valley Clubs Celebrate 100 Years of Service 2022-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Point Loma Rotarian Wins Citation Award

 
Congratulations to Point Loma Rotarian Mike Whitehurst on receiving the Citation for Meritorious Service from the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees.  Mike has served on the District Foundation Committee for many years--in the role of District Grants Chair and now as Major Gifts/Legacy Giving Co-Chair.  He has done a number of grants in India and has traveled to India as part of his involvement with these grants.

We will present his award at his club meeting and at the District Governor's Dinner at the end of this year.
 
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Help End Human Trafficking

 
Join us to help end Human Trafficking in San Diego March 4 at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA  92106.

Please sign up for this terrific summit that your District Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is conducting with Point Loma Nazarene University and the San Diego County Office of Education.
 
The regional summit will feature some inspiring speakers and provide you with tips and tools to help prevent someone in our region from becoming a victim of this $800 million illicit industry.
 
The event is free, but registration is required. Reserve your spot today!
 
To register, click here.
 
 
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Media Coaching for Professionals in Today's Digital World

 
Amy Scruggs, author of Lights Camera Action (on Amazon) will be speaking at a District wide meeting hostd by the Rotary Club of San Francisco (District 5150).  This event is being held on Zoom on January 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm.  District 5150 is opening this meeting up to any Rotarian who may be interested in becoming more savvy in the art of media communication. 
 
Media Coaching for Professionals in Today's Digital World 2022-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

New Evening Club Being Established

 
A new club is forming that has grown out of the Mission Gorge Rotary Club (now defunct).  It will be called the Mission Valley Evening Rotary Club.  They will be meeting on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:00 pm at the Mission Valley Library (Fenway Parkway Center) Community Room.  If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this meeting.  All COVID protocols will be obserbed (vaccines, boosters, masks) as required by the library.
 
For more information, contact Past District Governor Marge Cole at marge.cole@yahoo.com.
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Family Gives Up Presents to Furnish Homes Built by Rotary Members
 

On December 4, 2021, over 25 Rotary clubs from the US and Mexico teamed up to donate and build seven houses for families in need in the Trebol community by Tecate BC. Once they all left and celebrated the great deed, Elena and Ivan Alba from the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary club set out to donate all the money they would spend on Christmas gifts for friends and family to, instead, purchase furniture and housewares for the seven families who received new homes. With the help of generous donations from several Rotarians and two clubs (from Del Mar and Tijuana), and the help of Fernanda Torres, they were able to bring the gifts of furniture and other items to those families in need. Almost $5000 was raised, and all the wares were purchased in Mexico (stimulating their economy) and delivered on December 18. Elena and her mother sewed and installed almost 30 sets of curtains to beautify the homes. Indeed, the spirit of giving was felt by all, when Charlie (a young, handicapped man) had his dream come true by replacing his single broken crutch with a brand-new set of forearm crutches that would enable him to more easily get around the hilly terrain. Two expecting mothers received brand new pack-n-play bassinet/cribs for their new-borns to come. The Rotary spirit of generosity knows no borders.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Family Gives Up Presents to Furnish Homes Built by Rotary Members  2022-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Travel the World for a Year of Service

 
 
 
The Rotary Magazine recently featured a story about two La Mesa Sunrise Rotarians - Ivan and Elena Lujan-Alba and their two girls who traveled the world for one year with an emphasis on doing service projects whereever they could.  You can read the story here
 
While traveling the family also created a blog so that each of them could reflect on their experiences.  You can read what this trip meant to them in their own words:  https://albaworldtour.wordpress.com
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Membership Workshop This Saturday

 
 
Register now for the District Membership Workshop taking place on Saturday January 15, 2021, from 9-10:30 am. This is a virtual Zoom workshop open to all Club Presidents, Presidents-Elect, AG's, Membership Chairs and committee members. 
 
 
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New District 5340 Administrator Selected

District 5340 is happy to announce that we have engaged the services of Patricia Fortin (likes to be called Patty) as the new District Administrator. Patty will work with the existing District Governor line to organize the affairs of the District. She has an extensive background in corporate processes and task management and we very much look forward to having Patty tackle the administrative duties associated with managing the day-to-day operations of the District. 
 
Patty is excited to begin her new role on Monday January 3rd.  She will be working twenty hours per week with the following office hours:

Office Hours: 
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 
Contact Information: 
You can reach her by phone or email: 
Phone: 619-512-3380
Email: patricia.fortin@pafassociates.com
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Collaborative Anti-Trafficking Efforts

 
 
 
Join us during Human Trafficking Awareness Month to discover the collaborative anti-trafficking efforts of our region and why you're vital to the cause.  This event is free with lunch included.  Sign up here as space is limited!
 
AGENDA
  • 11am–12pm Exhibitions and Registration
  • 12pm–1pm Presentation and Lunch
  • 1pm–2pm Exhibitions
Sponsored by Rotary District 5340 through the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. Hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University and the County of San Diego.
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What's Your Rotary Resolution?

 
It's a New Year and the future of Rotary is in your hands!  As is tradition for many, a fresh perspective and personal goals are set with the hopes of making a difference in some aspect of life.  What about your Rotary ambitions?  Do you aspire to leadership?  How about membership growth? 
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RI President's Final Message of 2021 

 
RI President Shekhar Mehta has a final message before the end of the year, to bring with you into 2022.

“This is the time to take a bigger, better, bolder approach through both club and district projects that can impact more people. Reevaluate where you are with your goals. Create strategies that can sustain change over years, not months. Everyone deserves a long, healthy life. When you Serve to Change Lives, your actions today can help extend the lives of others.” 
 
Thank you Shekhar for taking us through this year, we’re grateful for your leadership and look forward to the new year. Follow this link to read Shekhar’s full message to Rotarians and peacemakers: https://on.rotary.org/3mflV7d.
 
 
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House Building Effort Featured in UT

 
Earlier this month, Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club members joined forces with fellow Rotarians throughout District 5340 (San Diego and Imperial counties) and District 4100 (Baja California, Mexico), high school and college students in the service organization’s Interact and Rotaract clubs.  Their efforts were featured in an article found in the Union Tribune on Thursday, December 30, 2021.     Read article.
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January - Vocational Services Month

 
Vocational Service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world. Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others acquire or refine skills and advance their professional opportunities.
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Rotary is Represented at Rose Parade

 
The 2022 Rose Parade marks the 42nd consecutive year the RRPFC has spearheaded Rotary’s representation in America’s New Year Celebration.  This year’s theme, “Changing Lives Through Education,” aligns with one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus, Basic Education and Literacy.   A sixteen-foot-tall owl embodies both the spirit of self-improvement and Rotary’s determination to make the tools of education available to everyone in every land. Books, a quill pen and a hybrid apple/globe symbolize the importance of education throughout the world.
 
To view Rotary's float in this year's Rose Parade, click here.
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The Holidays Bustling with Cheer

Three Santa Elves from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary club delivered presents to a Home of Guiding Hands’ residential group home in San Diego. The club adopted this group home as one of its holiday projects. It’s their hope that Covid restrictions will be lifted next year so that club members and residents can party together.
 
 
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary is at it again… bikes for the Carlsbad Boys and Girls club families. On December 12, the club purchased, assembled and presented 43 bikes for Carlsbad kids. CHNR members, family members and four members of TREK Bikes worked together to “get it done.” 
 
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A Holiday Message from DG Dan Gensler

 
 
Happy Holidays!  As we approach the end of the year it’s a great time to reflect on what we have and to be grateful for all the good we have done as Rotarians during this first half of our Rotary year.  We have distributed funds for 70 District Grants and have 10 Global Grants in the works.  150 Rotarians from 27 clubs built seven houses in Tecate, Mexico and as Rotarians we have supported and engaged our community like no other organization.
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Navajo Water Project Update

For those Rotary clubs who are participating in the Navajo Water Project spearheaded by District 5495, here is an update on the team's work to bring clean running water to the Navajo Nation.
 
In early 2020 (pre-Covid) nine in-home water systems from our Rotary global grants were installed in the small community of Dilkon on the Navajo Nation. Then in early April 2020, due to the severity of the pandemic on the Reservation, tribal leaders instituted lockdowns, curfews and work-stoppages that brought our work to a halt.   While it was sad to pause this work, we all understood the need for caution given how hard the Navajo were impacted by Covid-19.  Few were aware that by May of 2020 the Navajo Nation had become the epicenter of the outbreak in the world - worse by half than New York and New Jersey on a per-capita basis.  
 
So, we pivoted.  We worked with DigDeep and the Rotary Foundation to quickly authorize that $75,000 of our first Dilkon global grant could be allocated to emergency above-ground water tanks.  These tanks helped the Navajo have access to clean water and of course to adhere to hand-washing protocol.  The emergency water tanks held them avoid the contact that occurred routinely at regional wells where they would have otherwise needed to fill buckets, cans and barrels with enough water to survive.
 
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Wishing You Happy Holidays!

 
 
May your holidays be merry and full of joy and hope!  A reminder that NEWSBITS will be dark Christmas weekend.
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Gift Wrapping Luncheon at the Copley-Price Family YMCA

On Tuesday, December 7th Old Mission Rotary met at the Copley-Price YMCA for a Holiday Gift Wrapping luncheon. Members enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by the onsite cafe and then organized and placed toys into colorful bags. Labels on the bags indicated if the gifts were for a boy or girl and for what age. Club members also donated toys to the effort.  The toys will be distributed by the YMCA staff and volunteers to children living in the immediate inner-city area.

The Copley-Price Family YMCA opened its doors to the public in 2014 and proudly serves one of the most diverse communities in San Diego, offering a supportive environment for people in the City Heights, El Cajon, Kensington, Hillcrest, Talmadge, and North and South Park areas.

Over the years Old Mission Rotary has partnered with the Copley-Price YMCA even before their new facility was built. The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary contributed $300,000 to help set up a teen center and computer lab that primarily serves student from nearby Hoover High School.

In addition to their physical fitness facilities and programs, the Copley-Price YMCA is dedicated to serving the local City Heights Community. This effort includes health and wellness programs as well as scholarships to help local residents afford membership.
 
 
Photo caption: ((L-R) Old Mission Rotary members Donna Maytum, Shari Stauder, Bob Chalfa, President Michelle Malin, Gloria Chalfa, Executive Secretary Stan Vogelsang, Copley-Price YMCA Executive Director Julian Villegas, Eric Benink, Matt Risi and Charlotte Cofield.
 
 
 
 
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District International House Build Project Success!

On Saturday, Dec 4th, 20 District 5340 Rotary clubs, four Rotaract clubs and La Jolla Interact Club crossed the US/Mexican border to meet with five Mexican Rotary clubs and Project Mercy personnel in a little rural community named Trebol, halfway between Tijuana and Tecate.
 
Over 150 Rotary-involved people met to build seven houses during that one day. Jeb Bakke, District 5340 International Chair and his committee, (Kim Muslusky,  Assistant Governor Mike Fugua, Fernanda Torres) worked from both sides of the border to make the event happen. They partnered with Project Mercy, a 30 -year-old 5013c that builds small houses in Baja for homeless people. 
 
The District 5340 International Committee raised over $52,000 during a 3-month period from local Rotarians to make the event happen. Each house had a cost of $6,800, out houses were $700. There were also six solar lamps purchased, six tables and four chairs for each house as well - all through donations from various clubs.
 
District 5340 provided three buses to take the volunteers across the border, lunch for all of them as well as bottled water. District 4100, thanks to Fernanda Torres and Carlos Carillo, 4100 International Chair, arranged for a special hotel rate at the Grand Hotel in Tijuana for the night for those who wanted to stay over – and a special dinner, with music and entertainment.
 
Both District Governors Dan Gensler and Octavio Sanchez were in attendance along with other district dignitaries. One of the goals of this event was to promote more cross-border interaction between both districts. There is now a video being made of this event.
 
"This project was a great opportunity for Rotarians who have never been able to participate in an international project to work hands-on in something important– less than 50 miles away from San Diego!” said Jeb Bakke. “It opens your eyes to the needs that exist in other countries”.
 
 
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Thanksgiving Day Assistance Provided by Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset recognizes that Thanksgiving Day is very special for many families in the community. However, for underserved areas of San Diego many families still struggle to put a decent meal on the table. This year the Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset provided Thanksgiving food baskets to 10 families (feeding 68 people) in City Heights on November 28 - 29, 2021. Many of these families are recent immigrants who are beginning their lives in the United Sates with limited resources. The club also helped recent Burmese immigrant families enjoy a BBQ at Miramar Lake Park on Thanksgiving Day. Many families who do not eat turkey received $50 gift cards to area grocery stores to purchase meat of their choice.
 
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Community Grants Awarded

The Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset held its community grant award night on Nov. 18, 2021. In this event, San Diego Tema Sister Cities Association was awarded $2000 for a school computer lab in Tema Ghana (picture below). Several Sister Cities were represented, including Panama City and Yokohama Japan.
 
 
Water or Children Africa of El Cajon was awarded $3000 for its continued rain harvesting and storage water tanks for schools in Kenya. Haiti earthquake relief efforts and mentorship efforts for youth were also funded at $500 each.
 
 
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Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

 
December is Rotary International family month with a focus on disease prevention and treatment. Globally, Rotary is recognized for its signature project, the eradication of polio in the world.
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RI Foundation Annual Report

 
As a Rotarian, you play an essential role in ensuring that Rotary Foundation programs can continue to create positive and lasting change in your community and around the globe. The future of The Rotary Foundation depends on Rotarians like you, and that’s why we want you to be one of the first to see Rotary’s 2021 Annual Report. 
 
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Turkey Delivery to Homebound Seniors

The Escondido East Rotary Club delivered 170 hot turkey meals to homebound seniors on Thanksgiving Day. A big thank you to Darol and Linda Caster for organizing the event. Thank you also to Mikki’s Restaurant on Valley Parkway in Escondido for preparing the meals and Rotarian’s delivering them. 
 
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Save the Date - Comedy Hypnosis Show

 
Looking to have some fun?  Like to laugh?  Join the La Mesa Rotary and La Mesa Sunrise Rotary clubs on April 1, 2022 for a night of comedy and hypnosis.  This is the time to save the date on your calendar.  More information will be forthcoming closer to the date.  
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Makings for a Hot Breakfast

A great group of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotarians and friends showed up on November 13 to pack all the makings for a hot breakfast.  The package has a vitamin mix, soy protein, oat meal and a cinnamon apple flavor.  All elements were grains or powders measuring 252 to 254 grams to be exact when combined.   Club members finished 1728 packages of 6 portions packed 48 to a box in 36 boxes to go to the San Diego Food bank.  Do that math and that is 10,368 portions.  The Community Outreach Program out of Iowa is the non-profit who has the concept and excellent execution.   Great job everyone!
 
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Giving Tuesday is This Week

 
 
Giving Tuesday happens once a year, but your gift of Rotary will make a difference for a lifetime. This Giving Tuesday, consider making a special gift to The Rotary Foundation and together we can continue Doing Good in the World. 
 
 
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Quintessential Auction is Underway

 
Good morning fellow Rotarians! The Quintessential Auction is underway – benefiting the many local and international service projects of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club! The auction will be open through December 2, but bidding is already underway – so sign up now! 
 
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Last Call for Reduced Rate!

 
 
 
We’re excited to gather again in-person so we can connect, share ideas, and strengthen our relationships in an atmosphere of friendship and learning. The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas, USA, offers us that opportunity – and we remain optimistic that we’ll be there together 4-8 June 2022.   

The deadline to register at the reduced rate is fast approaching. You have until 15 December 2021, so sign up and pay today to take advantage of significant savings. You’ll have the chance to cancel for a full refund until 30 April 2022, minus a $50 per person administration fee. 
 
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Great Speaker Opportunity - Girl Scouts of San Diego

 
 
Are you and your club aware of the great work that Girl Scouts San Diego (GSSD) is doing to promote girls in our community?  Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. 
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Master Cellist Promotes Musical Global Grant

 
The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting Diego Carneiro, Master Cellist and orchestra director for La Orcestra Joven del Ecuador    (Youth Orchestra of Ecuador) at their December 3, 2021 regular meeting to provide an opportunity for Rotarians to hear his music and learn his story.  Diego is participating in a global grant between the Rotary Club of Colville (Washington State - District 5080) and the Rotary Club of Quito Ecuador de Quito Valle Interoceànico and is on a fundraising tour to assist in funding the global grant (#2128505). 
 
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Special Guest Speaker - Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta

 
The Imperial Valley Centennial Committee is pleased to invite you to hear RI President Shekhar Mehta during their Centennial celebration January 7-8, 2022.  The event will take place at the Quechan Casino and Resort located at 525 Algodones Road, Winterhaven, CA  92283.
 
The agenda for the weekend is as follows:
 
Friday Jan 7    (All times are Arizona time)

5:00 PM Rotary Social by the pool with RI President Mehta Quechan Casino Resort (Business Casual Attire)

Saturday Jan 8 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Matching Grants Workshop
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Centennial Celebration of Clubs
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Keynote Speaker:
 
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm RI President will recognize
new members – Rotarians and Paul Harris
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner (formal attire)
   
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Meals on Wheels is Seeking Volunteers

 
 
Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to help deliver home-cooked meals to seniors living in San Diego County.  Volunteers delivering meals allows Meals on Wheels San Diego County's seniors to remain independent by providing nutritious meals and critical safety checks. Sometimes a volunteer is the only person their seniors see all day. Meals on Wheels San Diego County could not serve over 4,000 seniors each year without the help of their gracious volunteers.
 
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Box Meals for Over 10,000 Meals

It was quite a day on November 16 for Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary (CHNR). Over 70 Rotarians, family members and friends worked in partnership with The Outreach Project to package and box meals for 10,000 people.  The food will be presented to the North County Food Bank for distribution.
 
The Outreach Project presented the bulk food and CHNR members worked in teams in an assembly-line approach to package all the food.  It was boxed and recorded for future use, and, we were told, it was done in record time.  
 
CHNR identified “food insecurity” as its main service focus in 2020 and that focus continues.  In fact, the North County Food Bank presented Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary with its Group Volunteer Award last Wednesday at its awards ceremony.  President Raegan Matthews accepted on behalf of the club and LeAnn Rytz is the hardworking Community Service Director who coordinates the club’s service activities.  
 
Thanks to all who participated in this well-organized service project!
 
 
 
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Do You Want to Assist with Afghan Refugee Relocation?

 
As you likely know, our community is expecting a large number of Afghan refugees in the next few months.  Many Rotary clubs have been asking how they can help.  D5340 Rotarians, supported by District Governor Dan Gensler, can provide assistance in many ways through  the International Rescue Committee (IRC),  a federally designated resettlement agency in San Diego that is in need of some assistance.
 
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Saint Vinny's Superstars!

Over the course of a month, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club and Friends of Rotary gathered and then donated sweaters, sweatshirts, and socks to Saint Vincent de Paul. There were so many donations that it took several trips to deliver it all.  It shows, once again, how amazing and giving Rotarians are.  Thank you to all those who helped make this project a success, especially to Elana Levens-Craig who coordinated this activity.
 
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 $5000 Grant Presented the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant benefiting the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (SDCYB).

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet was founded in 1945 and has been the resident ballet school in Balboa Park ever since. In addition to offering high-quality, affordable, year-round training in the Casa del Prado studios, SDCYB produces three major productions at the Casa del Prado Theater each year: a full-length spring ballet, Fairy Tales in the Park each summer (which benefits the Scholarship Program) and the classic holiday production of The Nutcracker. There is also an annual Spring Showcase of the school and the SDCYB Performance Ensemble (which is comprised of the highest-level dancers) performs at special events throughout the community. 

SDCYB Development Manager, Christine de Pagter accepted the funds and announced that they would be using the $5000 grant presented on November 16th for furniture and dancing equipment.
 
Photo Caption: (L-R) Art Pratt Foundation Board Member Cynthia Drake, Old Mission Rotary Executive Secretary Stan Vogelsang, Art Pratt Foundation President Miles Durfee, Development Manager of the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Christine de Pagter, Art Pratt Foundation Board Member Gary John Collins, Old Mission Rotary President Michelle Malin and Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Charlotte Cofield, Judi Copeland and Donna Maytum.
 
 
 
 
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Veteran's Day Celebrations

Torrey Pines Rotary Club
 
Rotarian Max Gurney, was honored by Torrey Pines Rotary Club at their Torrey Pines Rotary Veterans Program on November 10th. The 100-100-year-old Army Veteran served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy in WW II. He just returned from an Honor Flight tour of Washington DC where he was the fourth oldest veteran on the trip.
 
 
Fallbrook Village Rotary Club
 
Our Rotarians created posters for returning Marines. Everyone pulled out the stickers, crayons, markers and poster boards to make a military homecoming special.
 
 
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$5000 Grant Goes to the Brother Benno Foundation

On Tuesday, November 9, The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $5000 grant to the Brother Benno Foundation. The funds will be used to update their administrative offices. The grant was accepted by the Kathleen Diehlmann who is the President of the Brother Benno Foundation.
 
The non-profit started in 1983 as a soup kitchen in downtown Oceanside inspired by Brother Benno Garrity, a Benedictine monk who was well known for his tireless service to the poor in the Oceanside area. 
 
In 1991, the Brother Benno Foundation moved its services to its present location, a 12,000-square foot warehouse at 3260 Production Avenue in Oceanside, which has been divided into a dining room, full kitchen, children’s reading room, administrative offices, shower room, clothing room, computer lab, chapel, restrooms, and warehouse space.
 
Photo Caption: (L-R Front) Art Pratt Foundation President Miles Durfee, President of the Board of Directors of the Brother Benno Foundation Kathleen Diehlmann and Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Donna Maytum. (L-R Back) Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Gary John Collins, Stan Vogelsang, Charlotte Cofield and Judi Copeland.
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Reconstruction of Goldfish Point Observation Platform

The La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club recently held their meeting outside at 7:00 am at the La Jolla Coast Walk Trail. During the meeting, a fundraiser check was presented to Brenda Fake, Rotarian and Chairman of Friends of Coast Walk Train.  The fundraiser - 2nd Annual La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Walk for the Trail - benefits the Reconstruction of Goldfish Point Observation Platform, which was also supported by a $3,000.00 District 5340 matching grant.
 
 
 
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Sunday Morning Musings

 
Member Profile:  Robert S. Brewer and the Downtown Breakfast Club
 
This month we profile Robert S. Brewer and the Downtown Breakfast Club.  Bob is a member of the Downtown Breakfast club.  As is his wife Retired Federal Judge Irma Gonzalez.
 
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Game On!  Fun NFL Jersey Beach Clean Up Planned for Nov 20   2021-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

Calexico Rotary Club Presents $1000 Donation Checks

 
 
Photo above:  Calexico Rotary President George Marquez presents Calexico Police Officer and fellow Rotarian Victor Legaspi with a $1,000 donation for the annual Kids ‘N’ Badges Christmas shopping spree.
 
In addition, Calexico Rotary President George Marquez presents Helen Palomino from Cancer Resource Center of the Desert with a $1,000 donation. These funds are part of a Rotary district grant that is specifically designated towards providing monetary support to Cancer patients traveling out of county for specialized medical treatment.  Photo below.  
 
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Rotary  Monthly Themes

 
Most of us are familiar with the reference to the "Twelve Days of Christmas" but did you know about the Twelve Months of Rotary?  Rotary has identified a theme for each month.  The monthly themes are meant to highlight the wide range of Rotary's good work and give clubs some suggestions, timing and guidance for their programs and activities.  Here is the list.  You can also download a PDF with samples of the graphics used for each Rotary month.  
 
  • January - Vocational Services
  • February - Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
  • March - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • April - Maternal and Child Health
  • May - Youth Services
  • June - Rotary Fellowships
  • July - New Leadership (can change annually with the beginning of the new Rotary year)
  • August - Membership and New Club Development
  • September - Basic Education and Literacy
  • October - Community Economic Development 
  • November - Rotary Foundation
  • December - Disease Prevention and Treatment
Click here to download a copy of Rotary Monthly Themes.
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Coronado Rotary Creates Video 

 
The Coronado Rotary Club's Committee to Protect the Environment recently spent a Saturday morning picking up trash in the Otay River Delta, a National Wildlife Refuge. This video is a short story of the men and women who were there and why they feel so strongly about this cause and why Rotary's seventh area of focus is so important.  
 
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Sunday Morning Musings Revisited

 
In honor of Don Fipps being selected as the District Governor Designate I'd like to reprise his member profile which was featured in the March 14, 2021  Sunday Morning Musings.  
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Currently, Don is the Assistant Governor for Area 3 - Carlsbad Hi Noon, Carlsbad Evening, Tri City and San Marcos.  He is also serving as Governor-Elect Dan Gensler’s chief aide.
 
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DG Dan Gensler Visits Six Rotary Clubs in Imperial Valley

Posted by Dan Gensler
I just returned from spending four days in Imperial Valley visiting 6 Rotary clubs. I had the most amazing experience with my time in the Valley. Did you know that the first club in D5340 was San Diego, Club-33 and that the next three clubs formed in D5340 where in the Imperial Valley?  The Imperial Valley Centennial Celebration is coming up in 2022. Stay tuned for more information. 

On Wednesday morning, I visited the Imperial Breakfast club where President Peggy runs an efficient meeting, and we inducted several new members. From there, I headed out to Blythe and the Steaks and Cakes restaurant, where the Blythe Rotary Club has been meeting for many years. It was a pleasure to see everyone and a special thanks to Mike Cusick who helped me get my flat tire repaired. From there I headed to Calexico for the evening meeting with President George Marquez where we inducted one (out of four) new member. We enjoyed the best homemade Mexican food you could ask for. The Club surprised me with a sombrero, serape, and a bottle of tequila. 
 
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Could You Catch 100 Waves in a Single Day?

 
Special thanks to District Governor Dan Gensler for stopping by the 100 Wave Challenge. Members of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship including: Derren Lechuga (Past President of Pacific Beach Rotaract), Brett Morey (Founder of SURF and Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle), Vince Ponce (Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi Noon) along with Ken Barrett (Past President of the Rotary Club of Del Mar Solana Beach) knocked out 100 waves each on Saturday, Oct. 23rd at Oceanside Harbor.  Each of these men along with 30 others on the Degree 33 Surfboards 100 Wave Challenge team helped raise over $65,000for Boys to Men Mentoring and at-risk teens.  In fact, this 12th Annual event has broken $300,000 and is tracking to eclipse last year's record of $509,000. 
 
There is still time to give, volunteer as food runners as well as participate.  Check out the following on the Surfers Unite website, take a look at their Events page for an upcoming beach clean up and ugly sweater paddle out and text "100Wave" to 858-602-2532 to get involved.  Together we change hearts and lives for fatherless teenage boys and build men of integrity and purpose.  Thanks to the generosity of Rotarians Brett is about to break $11,000 to sponsor 11 kids in this program.
 
 
 
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End Polio Now Fundraiser a Huge Success

Several clubs throughout District 5340 participated in the End Polio Now fundraiser held in Balboa Park on October 24.  District Governor Dan Gensler joined and together Rotarians helped raise money to eradicate Polio. A huge shout out to Rotarians from Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club, Encinitas Coastal, Mission Gorge, Santee-Lakeside, Coronado Rotary Club, La Jolla Triangle, Del Mar, SD Coastal, La Mesa and Rotaractors from Encinitas, Pacific Beach, City Heights and San Diego.  Following the 3.5 mile walk, participants were treated to breakfast burritos, juices and mimosas sponsored by the City Heights Rotary Club.
 
Several other clubs took to the streets in local neighborhoods and along boardwalks to raise awareness for the End Polio Now campaign.  It was a great effort by all.    
 
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Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Tackled Multiple Service Projects this Past Weekend

Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians spent Saturday morning collecting well needed items for the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility. The good works continued at the "J" Street Marina working with students from Hilltop High School's Interact and Eco clubs. They used kayaks donated by Harry at CV Kayak in cleaning up trash in the bay.
 
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Register for the Ecology Day Conference

 
Sign up for the online Ecology Day Conference Nov. 6 hosted by ESRAG’s Western North America Chapter! Open and free to everyone, the morning panels showcase internationally renowned speakers. The afternoon sessions focus on the environmental work of youth and young adults In Rotary. The conference starts at 9:)) am Pacific Time.
 
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The Rotary Club of Del Mar Celebrates Success

 
In the world of mixers, the makings of a successful soirée involve the combination of nice music, delicious food, inspiring atmosphere, and great conversation. The 17th annual Rotary Club of Del Mar Sunset Soiree trumped all basic requirements with its abundance of hors d’oeuvres, fine wine and microbrews, the perfect music, a million-dollar ocean view home, and a picture-perfect sunset.
 
The event goal to raise $50,000 was exceeded, allowing the Rotary Club of Del Mar additional funds for local and international projects. The club thanks everyone associated with the Soiree, including the approximately 300 attendees.
 
 
 
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Don Fipps Selected to Serve as District Governor 2024-25

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Don Fipps from the Rotary Club of Del Mar has been selected to serve as District Governor during the Rotary year 2024-25.
 
In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 12, Rotary District 5340 created a Nominating Committee to review and interview candidates. This year's Committee included eight past, current, and future District Governors. and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Steven Weitzen.
 
Any challenges to the selection of District Governor (Rotary International Bylaws Article 12.030.7) are to be received by Steven Weitzen, Chair of the Nomination Committee, by close of business on Friday, November 5, 2021. Challenges may be sent via email to weitzen5@aol.com. If no challenges are received, the selection of the Nominating Committee becomes official.
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TRF Training Session Being Planned

 
District 5340's Foundation Committee will be hosting a TRF (The Rotary Foundation) training session on November 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom 
 
Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more. 
 
This training session is especially important for club presidents, AGs and Foundation chairs,.  Its an opportunity to learn about all the giving options Rotarians can  participate in and how important donations are to the success of Rotary International and our local District and Rotary clubs.    You won't to miss it.  
 
 
 
 
Join the Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 815 3718 4664 Passcode: 347519
 
 
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Shade Area Created for Refuge for Women SoCal 2021-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

OASIS Foundation Beneficiary of Grant

On Tuesday, October 19th, The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $5000 grant to San Diego Oasis. Oasis is a unique educational program for adults 50+ who want to continue to learn and be productive throughout life. The grant money will be used to buy books for students at Title 1 elementary schools in under served neighborhoods. Kristin Amicone of Oasis solicited our membership to volunteer for reading programs in inner city schools.
 
 
Photo: (L-R Front) Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Cynthia Drake, Donna Maytum and Charlotte Cofield. San Diego Oasis Director of Intergenerational Programs Kristen Amicone, Art Pratt Foundation Board Member Judi Copeland, Old Mission Rotary President Michelle Malin and Art Pratt Foundation President Miles Durfee. (L-R Back) Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Gary John Collins and Stan Vogelsang.
 
 
 
 
 
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Join in on Ride to the Point Fundraiser

 
The Rotary Club of Point Loma is holding a Ride the Point fundraiser benefiting UCSD Moores Pancreatic Cancer Research and local San Diego charities on November 13, 2021.  Ride the Hidden, the Forbidden and the Unridden.  You can check out the video here.  Don't miss your chance to participate.  Register now!  Ridethepoint.org.
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Biggest Little Farm  Documentary on the Big Screen

 
The San Diego Coastal Rotary Club is sponsoring the FREE showing of the documentary the Biggest Little Farm at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas (3965 Fifth Avenue #200, San Diego, CA  92103) November 17 at 6:30 p.m.  This documentary movie takes you on the epic journey of how a farm can change the world!  It's open to all Rotarians, family and friends.  
 
Celebrating Rotary's 7th area of focus, the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club wants to change your perspective on how you see farming, nature and humanity. Check out the trailer.   RSVPs are required.  Get your tickets by clicking here.   There are only 190 seats available.    
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World Polio Day is October 24.

 
 
As World Polio Day approaches, the Rotary community is getting ready to amplify our message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from this devastating disease.
 
Together, we’ve made tremendous progress. Now it’s time to intensify our fight to make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated. Last year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus, showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances. The wild poliovirus remains endemic in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We can use World Polio Day to advocate for the support we need to end polio in countries where it still paralyzes children.
 
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District Administrator Position Now Open

 
JOB WANTED:   

District 5340 is seeking a District Administrator.  This remote (work-from-home) opportunity is a part-time position of approximately 20 hours per week and will report to the District Governor.  
 
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District 5340 Rotary Foundation News

 
Stewardship
 
Congratulations to District Foundation Stewardship Chair, Marianne Ericsson, on another 100% score win stewardship for our District.  That means that our Global Grant reporting is up to date from all clubs and we are good to go for future grants. 
 
District Grants
 
The District has received Rotary Foundation Designated Funds in the amount of $115,330. Congratulations to the clubs who will be distributing the 70 District Grants in their communities.  Make sure to post pictures on our matching grants page.
 
Rotary Foundation Month
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Start planning your club activities and programs.  Contact Foundation Chair Marge Cole, margecole81@gmail.com, if you need a speaker for your club
 
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Clubs Participating in the Polio $250 Match

 
 
Thank you to the following District 5340 Rotary clubs that accepted the $250 Mathews match.  Additionally, other clubs are still in the process of contributing.  Together we are making a difference towards the eradication of polio!
 
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World Polio Day Stroll

 
              
What:    World Polio Day Stroll
Who:
    PLRC members, family, friends & Rotapets
When:  Saturday, October 23, 2021
                Arrive:  8:45am
                  Depart: 9:00am
Where: Depart from Liberty Station at USS Recruit (Map)
                
The course will be a leisure 2 mile round trip stroll through Liberty Station.  Check route here. Walk the entire course or any distance you choose.
 
It is a little exercise, some fresh air, fellowship and, of course, support for Polio eradication.    
 
Please contribute directly to End Polio.   
 
COVID continues to impact our progress to End Polio Now.
 
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Rotarian Kevin Fox Passes from COVID

Old Mission Rotary member Don Krupp noted that "vital statistics" about the coronavirus pandemic don’t tell us anything about the vitality of those good souls we’ve lost to the virus.  Here in San Diego, the virus has taken lives of over 4,000 individuals. 
 
On Monday, September 13th, those vital statistics tell us four San Diegans died of Covid-19.  One of those four was our Old Mission Rotary club member, Kevin Cox.  In his memory, Don shared a statement Kevin had posted on his Facebook page in April 2020 as the pandemic was just beginning to take its toll.  Kevin posted it again in April 2021: 
 
“Dear diary 4-1-20: This month will fully test our spirit and resolve as individuals, parents, children, friends, citizens, Patriots, countrymen and humanity worldwide. Don't give in to bad or negative behavior. Stay informed and positive. Do what you can to help others. Pray incessantly. Know we will get through this and be smarter and wiser from the journey. Stay safe!
 
Old Mission Rotarian Kevin Cox was inducted into the club on October of 2018.  He passed away from Covid-19 on September 13th, 2021.
 
 
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Americas Foundation Receives Grant

Photo Caption: (L-R Back Row) Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Cynthia Drake and Gary John Collins and Art Pratt Foundation President Miles Durfee. (L-R Front Row) Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Donna Maytum and Larry Edwards, Founder and Director of the Americas Foundation Christine Brady and Old Mission Rotary Executive Secretary Stan Vogelsang.
 
On Tuesday, September 21st, The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $7438 to the Americas Foundation.  Their mission is to give aid to disadvantaged children and promote binational community development on the Mexican side of the border. The primary approach of the Foundation is to provide talented, intelligent children living in underdeveloped neighborhoods the opportunity to study, experience the arts, and begin to realize their potential. The grant was accepted by the Founder and Director Christine Brady.
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Haunted Harbor Boos Cruise

 
Join the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake for a spooktacular time on the water.  Join the club on Saturday, October 23 in a Haunted Harbor Boos Cruise aboard the tall ship Bill of Rights.  Join in on a light meal and beverages and enjoy the the outdoors on the San Diego Bay - even catching the sunset before a spooky fog rolls in. Costumes are highly encouraged - and so is dancing.  Prizes will go towards some of the best outfits of the evenings.  Ghouls and gals, signup today.  Boarding starts at 4:00 pm.  
 
Tickets are $75.  Pay through Venmo @RotaryClub-ChulaVistaEastlake.   Buy tickets.
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Rotary Clubs of Imperial Valley Centennial 

 
Please join Calexico, El Centro, Brawley and Holtville Rotary Clubs in Celebrating 100 Years of Service Above Self!  Tickets available at: http://IVRotary100.com.
 
Event Details: 1921-2021 & 1922-2022
 
Special Guests! Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta and his wife Rashi will be attending!
 
Join us on January 7, 2022 at the Quechan Casino in Winterhaven, CA to celebrate this momentous occasion.  
 
Non-rotary members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Club members from Districts 5340, 5500, 4100 and others will attend!
 
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Homeless Benefit from Service Project

Every fourth weekend of the month, the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club celebrates their own Rotarians at Work Day.  On September 26, club members made almost 50 bags of socks and sundries for San Diegans experiencing homelessness.  They love serving the world together.   
 
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International Service Project Close to Home

 
Want to get your club involved in a hands-on international service project close to home?
 
District 5340 is inviting all clubs and Rotarians to take advantage of an incredible opportunity to participate in our upcoming international service project -  Tijuana House Build in Mexico on December 4, 2021.  This project is in collaboration with Project Mercy. For traveling ease, the District is providing a bus to the location.    
 
We’ll be building 6 houses for deserving families and there are two ways your club can participate and contribute:
 
Volunteers
 
We need approx. 90 Rotarians, Rotaractors and family/friends willing to help build the houses.  You don’t need to be skilled in construction to participate although there is a strong need for skilled workers. 
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Media Arts Center Beneficiary of Grant

 
Ethan van Thillo of the Media Arts Center accepts a grant from the president of the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary, Miles Durfee. Media Arts Center San Diego provides new media tools and channels to create equitable and engaged communities where underserved voices are heard. The funds will be used to purchase cameras for their Teen Producers Program.
 
 
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Rancho BEERnardo Festival

 
Join us for live music, great beers, wines and hard ciders! Food trucks will available and games to play! All proceeds to support local and international charities.  For more information or to buy tickets, click here.  
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Grant Support Needed for Migrant Children

When asked about this, District Governor Dan Gensler said “The Rotary Clubs of Rancho Bernardo & Imperial Valley Global Grant project uses a modern fresh thinking way to educate migrant children. If you’re interested in getting involved in a Global Grant, please consider looking at this opportunity.”   Global Grant G-2801, provides internet education licenses, at a price of $40** per year, per student, to keep up their studies while traveling with parents in the fields. Talk about bang for your buck! 
 
7000 migrant children in the Imperial Valley portion of District 5340 have been without adequate schooling since the start of COVID. As their legal resident immigrant parents are doing the work to provide San Diego City and County with fruits and vegetables harvested there, we feel it’s important to assist their children. 
 
When fully funded, the grant will help around 700 children complete at least one year of schooling. School Districts throughout the Imperial Valley will supervise and administer the Education of Students and provide Mobile Devices (tablets, etc.) to run the Virtual Internet Programming. 
 
The Club is asking fellow Rotarians, their Club and Foundations to pledge funds to help meeting their  December 1 deadline for Grant Funding.
 
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San Marcos Rotary Club Foundation Golf Tournament 2021-10-12 07:00:00Z 0

Little Library Built by Rotarians

 
The San Diego Coastal Rotary Club built a beautiful Free Little Library in southeast San Diego for Rotary's Literacy and Education Month.
 
They had the help of a Syrian refugee family that they have been mentoring for the past five years. The kids helped Rotarians sand, paint, decorate and even dig the hole for the post. Rotarians proudly placed  Rotary symbols but also adorned the library box with with inspirational messages.
 
Then to make the most of a good thing, they made the library post a 'peace pole' and put "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in English, Spanish and Arabic. Neighborhood kids have already borrow some books and added some books. So far it's a great success. 
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Pub Crawl for Polio is Back!

 
Join the Pacific Beach Rotaract Club at its 5th Annual Pub Crawl for Polio on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 1:00-6:00 PM as they take over Pacific Beach bars and raise money for Rotary's End Polio Now campaign. 
 
The theme is Decades - dress in your favorite decade's attire! 20's, 60's, 90's... up to you - there will be a costume contest! Participating bars include Waterbar, PB Ale House, The Local, and Backyard.
 
 
 
 
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Fallbrook Rotary Club Rebuilds Tree Wells

 
On September 16, the Fallbrook Rotary Club joined forces with Save our Forest to assist in rebuilding the tree wells on eleven trees in the parking lot between the Library and the Fallbrook Art Center. Save our Forest is a Fallbrook Land Conservancy committee chaired by Jackie Heyneman. Their mission is to improve, enhance, and restore Fallbrook's environment through the re-establishment of native trees. Many thanks to our members who volunteered their time to keep Fallbrook a beautiful place to live, work, and play!
 
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Human Trafficking Research Conference Set for October 15

 
District 5340's  Anti Trafficking Task Force is sponsoring Point Loma Nazarene University’s Human Trafficking Research Conference, to be held virtually on Friday, October 15, 2021. Join for free and the convenience of your home to learn from a national roster of researchers on the best practices to spot and stop this scourge in our area.
 
Register today at https://ht-radar.com/2021-conference/ to reserve your spot!
 
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Rose Parade 2022

 
Did you know you could help fund the float and possibly walk in the parade simply by buying a $100 raffle ticket or contribute $500 to become a Rotary Float Ambassador?  In fact, the drawing for those who purchase a raffle ticket or become a Club Ambassador or a Rotary Float Ambassador will be Saturday, Nov 13.  Purchase your tickets online before the 12th.  The winner could be you!
 
On New Year's Day 2022 the Rotary Rose Parade Float will be rolling down Colorado Blvd in the 133rd Tournament of Roses.  Want to decorate our float?  Support if financially?  Become an Ambassador?   How about attend a special Holiday dinner Dec 30 with Rotary International President & 200 friends.
Questions: bretthmorey@gmail.com.
 
To learn more about the Rotary float go to www.rotaryfloat.org.
 
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A Cruise to Change Lives!

 
 
MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT BY DECEMBER 31 AND SAVE $750
 
Get ready to have some fun.  Do you love cruising?  District 5340 recently announced an opportunity for Rotarians to  cruise together and support the Rotary Foundation all in one.
 
Enjoy a beautiful and fun-filled cruise vacation and see the Gems of Southeast Europe with other Rotarians while improving lives. Your participation in this cruise will result in donations to The Rotary Foundation. The cruise sails April 2-9, 2023,
 
This is a river boat cruise on the Danube through portions of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria & Romania. Visits to Austria and Turkey are also available by adding the pre and/or post-cruise extensions. 
 
For a short period of time you can make your $400 deposit by December 31, 2021 to save $750!  To obtain the brochure, click on the page links provided here:   Page one; Page two.
 
 
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Del Mar Rotary Club Delivers Peanut Butter

 
Del Mar Rotary Delivers the Peanut Butter!

In a normal year, the San Diego Food Bank serves about 10 percent of San Diego residents who are in need of food supplies. Before COVID, the Food Bank served about 300,000 people a month. Since COVID, the level of families who are food insecure and in need has increased dramatically and the Food Bank now serves about 600,000 people monthly through its various partnerships with community groups. 

When the Rotary Club of Del Mar asked what the Food Bank needed besides money, food bank officials responded with a request for peanut butter.  Peanut butter is typically only sold in prepackaged jars and is considered too expensive for the Food Bank to purchase.  Yet peanut butter is a good source of nutrition and very popular with area families.  Under the leadership of Rotary’s co-presidents, Suzy and Karl Wagner, and spearheaded by member Scott MacDonald, the Club mounted a campaign to raise funds and procure peanut butter for the Food Bank. As a result, one pallet of 18 oz. jars of peanut butter or 1,620 jars was acquired by the Club and delivered to the Food Bank August 17.  What an awesome project.  That's a lot of jars!
 
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Del Mar Rotarians to Upgrade Benches

 
It’s happening! 

It’s been a long process, over a year in the making!  Del Mar Rotarians just received approval from the Del Mar Village Association and the City of Del Mar to refurbish the ageing benches on the beautiful streets of Del Mar. 
 
Thanks to the generous donation of Jim Watkins earmarked for beautification projects like this and the elbow grease of their very own Karl Wagner, Bill Rawlings, and Walt Strangman, they are on the way.  As you can see from the photos, the benches were in desperate need of their care.  They sanded, brushed, cleaned, and then oiled these benches back to their original beauty.  And they have quite a few more to do!  
 
This is another great service project that highlights the many good works Rotarians do.
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Carlsbad Ocktober Feast Scheduled

 
Mark your calendars! October 2nd will be the kick-off for the Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad Oktoberfest fundraiser! This year, it will take place at the Carlsbad Strawberry Company (Strawberry Fields) from 12:00 - 8:00 PM. There will be German food, music, Oktoberfest beverages, activities for the kids and more. Tickets will be coming soon!
 
And during the month of October 2021, they will be holding their Oktober-Feast event to support their local restaurants. Ticketholders can enjoy promotions from various Carlsbad restaurants. Website coming soon!
 
 
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Save the Date for Trivia Night!

 
 
After two years of not being able to host Trivia Night due to COVID, the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise is  keeping their fingers crossed for April 22, 2022.  Please SAVE THE DATE and mark your calendars!  Be looking to receive registration materials sometime in January! 
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District Conference is Just Around the Corner!

 
We are getting close to the final registration date for the District 5340 Conference!   Play a round of golf at the beautiful Coronado Golf Club, network at a service project to construct water purification indicators, bid on fabulous items in an online and in-person auction to benefit End Polio Now and enjoy a relaxing bike/run/walk along the coast in Coronado, to name a few! Rotoractors are welcome and can enjoy special discounted pricing for the conference!   
 
Don't miss this event of the Rotary fall season!   Sponsored by:  
 
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District Wide Volunteer Opportunities

 
Anti-Human Trafficking Volunteer Efforts – Sign Up!
 
Your District 5340 AHT Taskforce has some great volunteer opportunities for you and your club to participate. Reach out to Dave Oates at david@publicrelationssecurity.com to sign up! Space is limited:
 
  1. September 25, 8:30am – Noon – GenerateHope landscape/clean-up work. It’s our second visit to this Bonita transition hope for survivors of human trafficking. Our beautification efforts are much needed and will demonstrate to the residents that folks care about them! Think of it as a Rotarians at Work project. We’ve got 25 slots available so be sure to secure yours TODAY!
  2. October 9 – 8:30am – Noon – Refuge for Women landscape/clean-up work. This will be our first visit to this North County location between near the I-15/CA 78 intersection. We’ll conduct similar work that we’ve done for GenerateHope for the same purpose. There are 25 openings, so be sure to sign up ASAP!
 
 
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Sunset Soiree Coming Our Way

 
 
 
You won't want to miss this wine and food pairing event.  Join the Del Mar Rotary Club for its 17th annual Sunset Soiree scheduled for October 5 at the Del Mar Plaza.  Tickets are available online and are $75 each.
 
The online auction will open September 28th and will close before the October 5 in-person event at the Del Mar Plaza. Online bidders will be offered “Buy it Now” opportunities and limited ability for participation in both our silent and live auctions after the online auction closes.  
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Fernanda Torres Receives People of Action Award

 
Recently, Past District Governor Steve Weitzen was able to deliver a much deserved People of Action award to Fernanda Torres of the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club. Most people know Fernanda as a hard worker, developing our international MUN program over many years. Over the last year and a half, Fernanda has been extremely busy helping her local community in Tijuana.
 
Among other achievements, she has delivered food to hard hit poor communities during the worst days of the pandemic. She has also delivered thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment to hospitals, clinics and first responders over many months. She has done this at significant risk to her own health and safety  - a shining example of Service Above Self.
 
Fernanda designed, built and installed a beautiful 15 foot peace pole in a new park in the Natura Community as Peace Chair of her club.  She is also working on a new training program with the Institute of Economics and Peace.
 
Fernanda is co-chairing the Latin American Peace Symposium. She is on the board of the Boys and Girls Club in Tijuana and was San Diego Coastal Rotary Club's Rotarian of the Year in 2020. She is also the bi-national liaison for Districts 5340-4100 and is helping to forge a new partnership for future projects together in the area.  If that isn't enough, Fernanda agreed to be the  San Diego Coastal Rotary Club's International Chair and has more plans to do good work.
 
Great job, Fernanda!
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How can Rotary Empower Students Who Live in Extreme Poverty?

 
 
 
How can Rotary empower students who live in extreme poverty?  Join us and hear how Deborah Plotkin brought technology to the classroom in Uganda at the District 5340 Conference!

Deborah will illustrate how she is working with at the Rotary Vijana Poa Mbale Technology Hub and providing technology and employment education to enable and advance economic empowerment in Mbale, Eastern Uganda. This project strives to help youth to sustainably and economically advance their lives, and that of their families and communities. Come see Deborah and all our fabulous speakers and members at the District 5340 Rotary Conference on September 10-12th.  Register here.   Don't wait!  It's less than two weeks away!
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September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

 
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. 

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.
 
All clubs are encouraged to integrate Rotary's monthly focus into their service and speaker events.
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RI Foundation Chair John F. Germ to Speak at Conference

Don't miss your opportunity to hear from John F. Germ, Chair of the Rotary Foundation at this year's District Conference which is just two weeks away - September 10-12 and being held at the newly renovated Hotel Del Coronado.  Click below to register.  
 
 
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You can make a huge difference in a few deserving students’ lives by joining the Madrina Program.

 
The Rotary E-Club San Diego Global (RECSDG) has been supporting, through small District grants, 16 students in a program that allows them to start a business and finish their high school education in Guatemala.  This past year, five of these students were chosen to go on to college programs based on their outstanding grades and have completed their first semester with flying colors. 
 
They did this despite COVID's economic effect on their country’s health and economy.  These students have proven their worth – working together on menstrual pads, ecological soap and masks (see photos) to earn money for their tuition, and to help support their families.  The Rotary grants have also helped pay their tuition. 
 
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$1,000 raised for Standup for the Cure

Photo:  Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Raises Over $1k for StandUp for the Cure & Contributes $1k to Life Rolls On Foundation
 
Thanks to the generosity of Rotarians and friends, the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship raised over $1k recently for breast cancer research.  The 2021 crew consisted of Rotarians from throughout District 5340 including Jim Davies, Michael Slentz, Christine Muhart, Brett Morey, Jenny Parker, Vince Ponce and Krista Davies from Pacific Beach Rotaract.  They also had Lake Arrowhead Rotarians Bob & Diane Gladwell as well as friends in the surfing community from Orange County for a fun morning of stand-up paddle boarding raising funds and awareness for StandUp for the Cure benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other breast cancer research groups.  Those wishing to participate can still contribute to honor a loved one or friend by clicking here.
 
Don't miss out on the next opportunity to serve as Surfers Unite Founder and Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle Brett Morey has a couple Life Rolls On events on the calendar.  Life Rolls On Foundation assists adaptive surfers (disabled children & adults) and the La Jolla Shores event will take place Oct. 16.  Volunteer opportunities also exist thanks to Surfers Unite as the Super-Girl Pro in Oceanside features the top women surfers in the world Sept. 17-19.  Sign up to volunteer for any of these unique, fun and relevant events to grow your club as we bring the family of Rotary together.
 
www.surfersunite.org/events
Need more info?  Text "SURF" to 858-602-2532
 
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Member Profile - Rob Taylor

The Rotary Club of Coronado has a new president with a long history in Coronado, a talent for math and an abiding curiosity about the world.  

Rob Taylor was born in Washington, DC, but soon moved to Coronado when his dad, a Naval officer, was stationed in Coronado.  Rob’s father passed away when Rob was four years old, and the family settled in Coronado where Rob attended school, graduating in 1962.  Rob had started school one year early, skipped a grade in high school and graduated at age 16.    His desire to follow in his father’s footsteps led him to apply to the US Naval Academy, where he was rejected for being colorblind.  Graduating from MIT and UCLA with degrees in mathematics, his talents for math and the French language were to guide his career.
 
Computers were a new field when Rob got his master’s degree. He joined Hughes Aircraft, programming training screens for weapons officers learning to use their armaments and anti-radar tools, followed by a satellite telemetry project.  He soon changed jobs to work for Xerox, which at the time aimed to compete with IBM in the nascent mainframe computer field.  When Xerox got out of the computer business, Rob found himself between jobs. A fraternity brother told him about a technical writing job with another department at Xerox, translating French software manuals into English, and paid by the page.  Rob’s rare combination of technical knowledge coupled with his French skills made him invaluable.  He had the good fortune to be brought on fulltime and transferred to work in Paris for two years.
 
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District Conference Wine Tasting and Auction

 
Where has the summer gone?  We are just three weeks away from our District's End Polio Now (EPN) Wine tasting event. This event is being held on the first night of the Rotary District Conference, Friday, September 10, 2021 at the Hotel Del Coronado on the Windsor Lawn overlooking the ocean.
 
The Online Auction is now live!  
 
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Group Funding Education In Afghanistan Cautiously Optimistic Amid Taliban Takeover

 
Humanitarian, Rotarian and Past RI Foundation Trustee, Stephen R. Brown of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle speaks to Fox 5 about the face-to-face meeting of his Afghan colleagues with an Afghan official about the school their club opened in 2004 for both boys and girls in Jalalabad.   Brown said the Taliban member applauded their work, including the education of girls and young women. That’s been part of the narrative Taliban leaders have been pushing lately, too.  Brown said the Taliban even offered security for the schools.    He remains cautiously optimistic that the Taliban will allow them to continue operating the school.
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911 Ceremony of Remembrance

 
 
Calling all first responders!! The Rotary District 5340 will be recognizing over 100 first responders in a moving commemoration on September 11, 2021 - the 20th Anniversary of 9-11.  Do you know someone who is a first responder (including health care workers)? We would love to invite them to our commemoration ceremony to formally thank them for their service to the community!

The ceremony will take place in the Crown Room at the Hotel Del Coronado at 8:00 a.m., with an arrival time of 7:00 a.m. Please contact Dan Gensler with names by emailing him at dgensler@rotary5340.org.  
 
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor: Prime Lending - www.carranzagroup.com.
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Come Check Us Out!

 
Warning!  Visiting Rotarians in District 5340 are warned that meal portions at Old Mission Rotary meetings at the Legacy Resort and Spa are too big!  Find out for yourself and check out the brand new, impressive Legacy Resort and Spa on Hotel Circle South in Mission Valley. 
 
Old Mission Rotary meets every Tuesday at noon except for the fourth Tuesday which is a 6PM and is a no host evening social at the hotel (next evening social on August 24).
 
The lunch cost for visiting Rotarians is $25 and $15 for Rotaractors.  Parking is free with validation.
 
To RSVP please call or text Matt Risi at (619) 993-3913.
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Join Us at This Year's District Conference

 
Don't miss out on this fun-filled and inspiring event.  The District Conference is on September 10-12 at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado.  If you haven't registered and would like to attend part or all of the conference, please click here.  
 
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August 2021 Rotary-Smiles International Partnership Mission in Mexico.

 
38 facial cleft reconstructive surgeries were accomplished this past weekend for these infants.  The surgeries were performed under specialized pediatric anesthesia during the August 2021 Rotary-Smiles International partnership mission in Mexico. 

Not counting the vast humanitarian value, the estimated cost benefit, using USA values, was well over $200K USD which included the donated hospital care, anesthesia, CranioMaxillofacial surgery, nursing,  and complex- staged treatment plan formulations.

These children will usually need 5-7 staged treatments done over their growth and development,  and when Thousand Smiles treat their primary procedure, they are fully accepted into their program. They then plan for these children to receive each of their staged treatments, which enable them to enter and contribute to society with abilities to eat, breath, speak, hear, and SMILE properly, allowing them to hold and perform any future employment. 

Credit goes to the Thousand Smiles  team who donate their skills as well as pay their own travel expenses,  Rotary District 5340's Club of Carlsbad (including Dr. Jeffrey Moses, Surgeon), the Solmar Foundation, H. ESPECIALIDADES,  Club Rotario Los Cabos,  the program's Communications Director, Leticia Gottwald with the Gottwald University and follow up Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dra. Macrina Bustos of MaxiMed.

Please like their FaceBook Page for SmilesInternationalFoundation.org where you can get updates of Rotary Club of Carlsbad's other children's mission projects in Tecate, Mexico.
 
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District Conference Project Highlight

 
Has something ever changed you forever? Four years ago Camille Newbern had a lifechanging experience on her first service trip to East Africa. Since then she has led San Diego Rotary’s efforts to open a 200+ bed hospital in Atiak, Uganda.
 
Join Camille at the 2021 Rotary District 5430 Conference on September 10-12 2021 to hear about the project’s inception, the journey to build a healthcare facility halfway across the world, and how she found herself in living “Service Above Self."  This is a story you are not going to want to miss!

Sign up for the conference here.  
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Rotary District Conference Speaker Stephen R. Brown

 
Meet our inspiring Rotary Conference speaker Stephen Brown, past trustee from the Rotary Foundation and member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club. Steve will share his experience with the Aral Sea Basin project, which focuses on resolving water conflict issues in Central Asia.  

This international project involves individuals from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, and Iran. The professionals assisting the project are from universities in Netherlands, Costa Rica and U.S., with Rotarians assisting from all three countries. Come listen and be inspired by his work!
 
Click the register button below to sign up for the District 5340 District Conference.
 
 
 
 
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World Polio Day October 24th

 
World Polio Day is coming up quickly on October 24th!  Join this Virtual Workshop on "How to Create a Successful World Polio Event" on August 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
 
This workshop will help you plan and implement a successful World Polio Day event for your clubs.  Make sure your event raises awareness and support for eradicating Polio worldwide. Click here to register and  support for eradicating Polio worldwide! 
 
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Save the Date

 
If you'd like to support the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club by attending this event or if you need more information, please go to www.lajollagrotary.org.
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Rotarian David Ballesteros passed away on August 5th. 

 
The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club lost a long-standing and very active Rotarian, David Ballesteros.  David was a dedicated father, husband, friend, professor and Rotarian who dedicated his life to helping people around the world.
 
As a dean at SDSU, he assisted countless students in becoming future leaders within the San Diego and Imperial County communities. As a Rotarian for over 37 years, David held numerous leadership positions within the Calexico Rotary Club and the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club, where he led numerous district and global grant partnerships that delivered aid to the less fortunate in countries such as Ecuador, Mexico and Honduras.
 
David had long envisioned a future where technology would make it possible to create a truly global Rotary club where members from around the world could meet virtually and work together to effect positive change on a global scale. This vision came to fruition in 2016 when he helped found the Rotary E-club of San Diego Global. 5 years later, the Rotary E-club of San Diego Global continues to thrive with members in 6 countries and 3 Global Grants successfully completed. 
 
David touched the lives of many of us and he will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 22nd at 11:30 AM at Funeraria del Angel at 753 Broadway, Chula Vista. 
 
Rotarian David Ballesteros passed away on August 5th. 2021-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

Don't Miss Out on the District Conference

 
 
Rotarians, we are just a month away from our annual District Conference scheduled for September 10-12, 2021.  This year we will be holding the conference at the newly renovated and renown Hotel Del Coronado.  Be one of the first to see the hotel's new look.  What a wonderful place to hold a conference on a beautiful summer weekend.  You won't want to miss it.  
 
 
 
Club Projects
 
Showcase your club projects at the District Conference on September 11th!  Order your table ASAP as space is limited.  Email suzanne.manuel6@gmail.com to reserve your spot today.  Please include name, club, and project name.  You must be registered for the Conference to participate. 
 
New Rotaract Pricing!

Registration includes Saturday day with conference, breakfast, lunch, beach game, and Pub Crawl Fun. Dinner is not included.
$50.00 - 50 Available tickets
 
 
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Serve to Change Lives

 
Do you want the opportunity to "Serve and Change Lives" with clubs in our District?  We are going to be featuring volunteer opportunities both locally and internationally in a new column entitled Service Projects - Local and International.  The column will provide details of the service project and contact information for questions and for volunteer signups.  
 
We welcome submissions from all clubs.  The emphasis is on providing  volunteer opportunities in which others can join with you on the project.  Let us know what your club is doing.  This is what we will need from you to guarantee we can promote your volunteer effectively.  
 
  1. What is your project about?
  2. When will your project occur - date, time, location?
  3. Who can help?
  4. Who is the contact person?
  5. Are there other resources needed? 
Please submit your information to the Newsbits Editor, Sandy Pugliese at sandyp304@gmail.com.
 
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Corona Conversation is Praised by Public Health Leader 

Photo Caption: The Corona Conversation with Don Krupp is a weekly feature now included in our Old Mission Rotary Zoom Meetings.
 
Noe Crespo, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor and is the Division Head of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science in the School of Public Health at San Diego State University. Old Mission Rotary knows Noe for his dedication and amazing success with the VIIDAI Public Health Program in San Quentin Mexico. At VIIDAI, Noe helped institute many programs to improve and monitor the health of migrant farmers who work in the tomato plantations of Baja. 

It is very significant that Noe praised the efforts of our own Don Krupp and his Corona Conversation series.  Noe writes: “Thank you for sharing this important message with Rotary members. I am doing research on COVID and the vaccines and it is important that organizations such as Rotary  unite to fight the pandemic and promote the vaccines. Together we can overcome this virus and rebuild stronger.”   Don describes his weekly talks over the last year an a half as a "labor of love."
 
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Last Week to Register for the StandUp for the Cure event Benefiting Breast Cancer Research

 
Don't miss the opportunity to join Rotarians, Rotaract, Interact, family and friends on Saturday, August 14 as they launch Stand Up Paddle Boards from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center (MBAC) to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.  Benefactors include the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Van Andel Institute and Hackley Community Care for breast cancer research.  Register online to join the team or make a donation to Honor a loved one. 
 
For those who want to come on down and cheer wear some pink and look for the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship tent next to the MBAC as the team takes to the water.  You can rent a StandUp Paddle Board at the event for as little as $28.  Use this fun filled event as a recruitment tool for your club by inviting friends in the community.  For more info text "SUP" to 858-602-2532 or visit: https://surfersunite.org/events.
 
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August is Membership Month

 
August is Membership Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.
 
There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started:
 
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Cleaning Up  the Bay 

Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club members Gina, Trish and Sophia and friends volunteered during July working in conjunction with the South Bay Sustainable Communities to help clean up the bay at the  "J" Street Marina.  
 
Either on land or in kayak, these volunteers made a difference by collecting a vast assortment of trash washed ashore though the drainage systems or discarded randomly by community members.  
 
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Paul Harris Fellow Presented to Abraham Saddas

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our  founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation.
 
On Saturday, July 24, 2021 the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club had the honor and pleasure of recognizing Abraham Saddas, Vice President of the Community Food Connection in Poway as a Paul Harris Fellow. 
 
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Great Project Conducted by the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club

The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club is committed to a project every month.  The month of July included cleaning the neighborhood around Diego Hills Charter School.  They also stocked their free pantry for hungry students.  What a nice way for the students to start a new school year!
 
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Fern Street Circus Coming to Town

 
Come join in on an event for all Rotarians and their families and friends. Join us for the Fern Street Circus San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club Extravaganza.
 
You will see amazing performances by circus professionals throughout the evening.  Tight-rope walking and juggling lessons are available for kids and adults.  In addition to this world-class circus, there will be live music, local food, and beverages for both adults and children. 
 
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A Message from District Governor

 
The first month of serving as your District Governor has been a privilege and honor.  I have been welcomed with open arms and warm hospitality in my visits to the clubs.  As a member of a larger club, I am amazed and delighted to see the impact our small and medium sized clubs are making on local communities and communities throughout the world.