Building Beds for Pets

This past week, the Chula Vista Rotary club members came out and built pet beds for the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility.  What a wonderful idea for a service project!
 
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Miramar National Cemetary Blanketed in Flags

Several hundred Rotarians, friends, placing American flags on every headstone at Miramar National Cemetery to honor the fallen yesterday.  This is first time that has happened at Miramar and Rotary District 5340 plans to keep this project going every year.  This extraordinary effort was coordinated by the newly formed District Military Coordinating Committee.  If you missed out this year, look for more information in Spring 2025 on date/time.
 
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Red Shoe Day

Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians were out bright and early last week to collect donations for Red Shoe Day supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Funds help families whose children are hospitalized by providing support for families with housing, nutritious meals, and additional children activities and more!
 
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Celebrating 100 Years of Service

 
The Oceanside Rotary Club is inviting all North County Rotarians to join them aboard their Independence Day Float!  The parade takes place on Saturday, June 29 on Main Street Oceanside - 701 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92054.  It begins with float decorating at 9:00AM followed by the parade starting at 10:00AM.
 
This year, the Oceanside Club is celebrating 100 years of service in their community.  Bring your chair to sit on the float or wear comfortable shoes if you prefer to walk.  Please call Renee Richardson for staging area details.  She can be reached at 760- 518-5076 or by email at rotaryrenee@cox.net.
                                               
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Register by May 29 for Special Savings!

 
We’re delighted to announce that the 2025 Rotary International Convention will take place in Calgary, Canada, 21-25 June 2025, and are pleased to offer a special discounted rate for those who register and pay by May 29, 2024.
 
Calgary, along with breathtaking beauty, is a big city with a small-town feel that warmly welcomes visitors. More than 165 languages are spoken in Calgary, making it a perfect destination to bring together Rotary members from around the world.
 
The 2025 convention theme is "Magic All Around," and from the moment you arrive, you'll feel it. The one-of-a-kind connections and friendships. The people with different backgrounds, experiences, and points of view. The energy of thousands of members with their spirits, hearts, and passions together in one place, creating lasting impact and changing the world. That's magic!   
 
Our special discounted rate for the 2025 Rotary International Convention is available for just a short time, so register now, and join us in Calgary.
 
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Forever Balboa Park Receives Grant

On Tuesday, May 21st, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary awarded a grant of $9172 to Forever Balboa Park to replace aging lockers in the Volunteer Room.
 
Balboa Park opened over 100 years ago, in 1915, in honor of the completion of the Panama Canal. The people of the city of San Diego came together to host a phenomenal two-year party called the Panama-California Exposition. This international event celebrated innovation, architecture, culture, and the natural beauty of the city of San Diego.  Today Balboa Park covers 1200 acres and hosts 4.5 million visitors per year. There are 17,000 trees in the park, over 60 miles of hiking trails and more than 20 gardens. The historic Balboa Park Carousel gives 125,000 rides per year!

Balboa Park is so expansive and complex that the City of San Diego has partnered with Forever Balboa Park a non-profit dedicated to the care and enhancement of Balboa Park.
 
Forever Balboa Park has a full-time staff of 15 but depends on over 350 volunteers to serve as Garden Stewards, Park Ambassadors, Visitor Center staff, Tree Stewards and a group just to care for the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden!
 
Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Foundation Treasurer Jackie Carpenter, Forever Balboa Park Vice President of Planning Jacqueline Higgins, Old Mission Rotary President Stan Vogelsang, Forever Balboa Park Vice President of Facilities & Operations Craig Batrez, Art Pratt Foundation members Tom Sandler and Judi Copeland, Forever Balboa Park Vice President of Institutional Achievement Phillip Sammuli and Art Pratt Foundation members Bob Chalfa and Don Krupp.
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Message from District Governor Don Fipps

 
Greetings from the city-state of Singapore the home to the 2024 Rotary International Convention.  The Rotary convention is where friendship and learning come together to inspire.
 
A Global Celebration
 
Singapore, known for its vibrant culture, modern infrastructure, and rich history, serves as an ideal backdrop for this global event. The convention is taking place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, a world-class venue that exemplifies Singapore’s status as a global city.  Delegates are experiencing Singapore’s unique blend of East meets West, with opportunities to explore its diverse culinary scene, iconic landmarks, and cutting-edge attractions.
 
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Environmental Summit a Success

District 5340's Environmental Sustainability (DES) Committee held its inaugural Environmental Solutions Summit on May 19 at the beautiful San Dieguito County Park. There were approximately 75 to 100 people in attendance for this 5-hour event. There were Rotarians, RYLArians, Rotaractors, Interactors from the entire district as well as appearances from DG Nominee Luis Carranza and PDG Steve Weitzen. There were also plenty of people from the community who stumbled onto the event at this busy park and were excited to see the work of Rotary and other organizations. Everyone left with a bit more hope for the future of the environment. 
 
The core of the summit was made of five booths filled with great ideas for service projects and speakers and lead by Rotary Environmental Ambassadors (REA). The booths included Saving Pollinators with REA Jay Klopfenstein, Plastic Solutions with REA Mark O'Connor, Litter Cleanup with REA Scott Horst, Food Waste Solutions with REA Amelie Catheline, and Tree Planting and Revegetation with REA Jenny Parker.  Each booth had representation from major environmental organizations in San Diego who partner with Rotary for impactful service projects and exciting educational speakers; the full list of organizations can be found on the summit website.
 
The summit also had a showcase of environmental projects led by various Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors. The showcase included projects from The Escondido Rotary Club, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club, Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset, UCSD Rotaractors, Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club and the Hilltop High Interact Club, and Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club.  The Judges Choice Award for $600 was won by RC El Cajon Sunset for their project helping to plant fruit trees in Kenya. The Public Choice Award for $400 was won by the Chula Vista Sunrise RC and Hilltop High Interact Club for their food waste diversion and education program.
 
The summit also involved a 1-hour service project to beautify the park and a wonderful tour through the park’s pollinator garden. Reusable cloth shopping bags (30) and metal water bottles (25) were collected to be repurposed with other charities. Plastic Beach collected a large amount of plastic film to be recycled appropriately. The event was, of course, a Zero Waste Event sponsored by Solana Beach Eco RC, EDCO and made possible with the help of Interactors and RYLArians of Hilltop High Interact Club and Youth for a Sustainable Future (Y4SF). The icing on the cake was the excellent vegan food and drinks from Scratch House San Diego.
 
A huge round of applause for the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club and all organizers and volunteers from around the district who worked diligently to make this summit a success and inspiration for the community. A special thanks to Rotarian Amelie Catheline who was the driving force behind the summit. Lastly, this event would not have been possible without the financial support of Rotary District 5340, EDCO Disposal, Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary Club, Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club, Street Stewards, San Diego County Solar, and Jimbo’s.  
 
 
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Making a Difference with Rotary Grants

 
Through The Rotary Foundation, clubs and districts can get a variety of grants. You can use them to support service projects, offer scholarships, and pay for other initiatives that make a difference in communities worldwide. This new infographic, Making a Difference With Rotary Grants, gives basic information about four types of grants: district, global, disaster response, and Programs of Scale. Download it to share with other members.
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Important Changes to the Rotary Citation

 
The Rotary Citation will become known as the Club Excellence Award starting in 2024-25. The RI Board approved this change to better convey the award’s purpose as recognition of club excellence. Although the name of the award is changing, the criteria for earning it are not. Also starting next year, Rotaractors will be able to set their goals and report their achievements in Rotary Club Central, and they’ll need to do so by 30 June 2025 to earn the Club Excellence Award. Write to our Awards staff at riawards@rotary.org with any questions.
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The San Diego Council on Literacy a grant of $10,000 

On Tuesday, May 14th the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary awarded the San Diego Council on Literacy a grant of $10,000 to help fund the "Imagination Library " project.
 
The San Diego Council on Literacy proudly coordinates Dolly Parton's "Imagination Library" program. Through this initiative, books are sent monthly to the homes of low-income children aged 0-5 in specific local zip codes. At an annual cost of $26.00, a child can receive 12 books. The program currently serves children living in the following zip codes: 92021, 92102, 92105, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92054, 92057, and 92058.
 
Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Foundation board members Tom Sandler and judi Copeland, Old Mission Rotary President Stan Vogelsang, Art Pratt Foundation President Lee Kaminetz, San Diego Council on Literacy Executive Director Jose Cruz and Art Pratt Foundation board members Don Krupp and Bob Chalfa.
 
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Message From District Governor Don Fipps

 
Over the past year, while attending Rotary club meetings in District 5340, I've made it a point to bring Rosebud along to spread awareness about Canine Companions and their invaluable work in training service dogs for lifelong partnerships with individuals with disabilities. Donna and I have dedicated several years to being puppy raisers. We ensure these specially bred puppies have a secure home, attend obedience classes, enjoy a nutritious diet, experience socialization, and receive abundant love. As my tenure as District Governor draws to a close, so does my time with Rosebud. She's embarking on a six-month professional training program at Canine Companions at the Oceanside Southwest Regional Training Center. Parting is difficult, but we send her off with our best wishes. We're hopeful that come November, we'll escort her across the stage to meet her permanent companion.

Making a difference comes in many forms, but for me, this avenue has been immensely joyful and fulfilling. To discover more about Canine Companions, their expertise, and their esteemed reputation in service dog training, please visit their website.
 
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Football, Softball, Soccer Anyone?

On Saturday, May 18, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary and the El Cajon Rotary Club collaborated to support the Special Olympics at West Hills High School in Santee. The clubs contributed to a non-competitive showcase featuring a football toss, baseball throw, and soccer kick. They also took some time to enjoy the activities themselves. The West Hills Drama Team supported the Rotary in the morning and were outstanding with the participants. It was the inaugural year for a Rotary event within the Special Olympics. Club members expressed immense joy in assisting the participants, which in turn provided a fulfilling Rotary experience.
 
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Soft Opening Held

The Rotary Club of Hillcrest hosted a soft opening at the LGBTQ+ Community Center on Thursday, May 15. The event saw a significant turnout and garnered support from community leaders, friends, and fellow Rotarians throughout San Diego. The Rotary Club of Hillcrest aims to support local community initiatives, including the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.
 
 
 
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Plaques at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

On Saturday, April 27, District 5340 celebrated Rotarian at Work Day, marking the 12th year that Torrey Pines Rotary Club members have cleaned plaques at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

Annually, on the last Saturday in April, Torrey Pines Rotary Club members gather at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial to honor our veterans by cleaning their plaques on Rotarians at Work Day.

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial stands out as one of the most distinctive veterans memorials in the United States. It is the sole memorial that commemorates veterans from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terror with a personal image, listing each veteran's achievements during their service.

Numerous current and former members of the Torrey Pines Rotary Club are honored with plaques at the memorial for their service, including Don Yeckel (Captain, US Marine Corps), Max Gurney (Technical Sergeant 4, also honored on the Return to Normandy for D-Day), George “Chip” Hayes (Commander, US Navy and Past Rotary President), Tom Ferrier (Captain, US Navy), Dudley C “Doug” Ray (Lt. Commander, US Navy), and Gordon Shurtleff (Airman 2nd Class, US Air Force), among others. A plaque for Jerry Zampa’s father is also present.

Max Gurney, a centenarian member of the Torrey Pines Rotary Club, will join 50 other WWII veterans on an Honor Flight to Normandy to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

Accompanying this text is a photograph of the Torrey Pines Rotary Club members who participated in the plaque cleaning at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial for Rotarians at Work Day.
 
Photo: From left to right - Gordon Shurtleff, Jason Ventetuolo prospective member, Merritt Haugen, Jennifer Preimesberger, Cynthia Schubert, Max Gurney, Joe Marron, Henri Migala and Jerry Zampa
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Food Bank Benefits from Stomp Out Hunger

The May 12th Stomp Out Hunger event in Santee, hosted by the Postal Services, saw an overwhelming amount of donations from community members. The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club has long been in partnership with the Post Office and the Santee Food Bank, ensuring that the Santee Community's contributions are delivered to the Santee Food Bank. Members of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, along with postal workers, offloaded 14,473 pounds of food from the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. They emptied the postal trucks, filled a truck provided by the club, and transported all the food to the Santee Food Bank, where volunteers organized the donations.
 
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Message from District Governor Don Fipps

 
Embracing the Power of Youth
 
The youth are the heartbeat of our future. With boundless energy and fresh perspectives, they drive progress, innovation, and change. Their passion for making a difference and their fluency in technology are catalysts for positive transformation. Embracing their diversity and providing them with support and opportunities are key to unlocking their full potential. Let's invest in youth development to create a brighter, more inclusive future for all.
 
We have chartered a new community-based Rotaract Club, the Rotaract Club of Chula Vista, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chula Vista.  Congratulations on for the formation of this new club!
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15,500 meals of Minestrone Soup and Mac and Cheese Packaged

 
Thanks to Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary club members and their families as well as friends from other Rotary clubs and the Allen School community who joined them last weekend for their food packing event!  They packaged over 15,500 meals of Minestrone Soup and Mac and Cheese for the Outreach Project in less than 90 minutes!   The delicious food will be delivered to those with food insecurities within San Diego County.
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New Rotary Club to Support LGBTQ2+ Community

 
A new Rotary Club is forming in Hillcrest to support the LGBTQ+ community, provide goodwill, and peace through [the] fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Join Rotary District 5340's soft launch of the NEW Rotary Club of Hillcrest on May 15, 2024, at the LGBTQ Community Center. This will be part of the networking event from 4pm to 6pm and will be co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Hillcrest, The Human Dignity Foundation, and the LGBT Community Center.

Come meet incoming new Rotarians, bring people interested in learning more about the club and looking to join!
 
Existing Rotarian and Rotaractors are encouraged to join us. The event is free!!!
 
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Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

Photo (L-R) Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Jackie Carpenter and Don Krupp, Old Mission Rotary President Stan Vogelsang, Olivewood Gardens Associate Director Claire Groebner, Art Pratt Foundation President Lee Kaminetz and Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Judi Copeland and Bob Chalfa.
 
On Tuesday, May 7th, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant presented a grant of $10,000 to equip their educational kitchen with a new range and oven. Olivewood educates children, adults, and families through healthy cooking, environmental education, and leadership development.  
 
Olivewood Gardens was established in 2008 and is a 7.85-acre educational garden located in National City.  The property acts as a resource for community members to explore health education, environmental stewardship, and community connection.
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School Garden Renovated

 
Rotarians At Work Day 2024 is now complete for the Rotary Club of Carlsbad. Volunteers met to serve their community by installing 45 plants, mulching, weeding, trimming trees, painting signs and so much more! Thanks to their Community Service Director Kelly for organizing this project and to the club's exchange student for participating in the workday. The garden at South Oceanside Elementary School is a labor of love by the teachers and students. Every student has the opportunity to connect with nature, explore the gardens and learn through doing. From fruit trees, edible plants and flowers, reading areas with books at the ready, to cooking with a celebrity chef - South Oceanside Elementary has created a place of inclusion and exploration! More than 30 volunteers and 3 hours later the club made a difference. 
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Events App for Rotary

 
Keep everything you need to know for #Rotary24 in your pocket.  Plan your daily schedule, learn about speakers, download session handouts, and connect with friends through the Rotary Events app! 
 
Download the app:
Apple App Store ➡️ on.rotary.org/44BLa8T 
Google Play Store ➡️ on.rotary.org/44QWpdT
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Army/Navy Academy Provided a Refresh of Campus

 
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary participating in ROTARIANS AT WORK on Saturday, April 27 by painting five historic buildings on the grounds of the Army/Navy Academy in Carlsbad.  Teams were defined by building assignment and the gardening crew.  Staff and cadets of the Academy also participated and when it was done the Academy had a much-refreshed campus.  Thanks to all who participated - 50 volunteers - the largest volunteer group ever helping the Academy, according to Maj. General Peggy Combs.
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Attend the Environmental Project Showcase and Contest

 
Join Rotary members on Sunday May 19, 10 am to 3 pm at San Dieguito County Park, in Del Mar for a day filled with fun and hands-on environmental activities. The summit is organized by the District Environmental Sustainability (DES) Committee with the support of Rotary District 5340, EDCO, Del Mar Solana Beach et Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club to make this event free and open to all. Bring your family and friends!
 
What can you expect when attending the summit?
  • Visit the DES Ambassador booths featuring the following topics: Tree Planting & Revegetation, Saving Pollinators, Plastic Solutions, Food Waste, and Litter Cleanups.
  • Join a 1-hr group activity whether you want to beautify a native plant trail or walk with pollinators.
  • Present your environmental project and participate in the contest to win one of the cash awards (Public Choice or Judges Choice). EXTENDED Deadline to submit your poster: May 14!
  • A food vendor will be onsite for anyone wanting to enjoy lunch.
  • This event is zero waste!
  • The site provides shade, picnic tables, restrooms, and a playground.
This summit is for any Rotary, Rotaract and Interact members who want to increase their environmental impact and/or showcase what they do. For more information, please visit the summit website.
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Message from District Governor Don Fipps

 
May is Youth Service (formerly called New Generations) Month when Rotary clubs, around the world focus on youth services, Rotaract, RYLA, Youth Exchange, and Interact, a Rotary-sponsored service club comprised of 14–18-year-olds. For more information on what is going on in District 5340 click here.  
 
Last weekend District 5340 conducted its District Conference on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of Seas to Ensenada. Please have a look at videos and photos of the event.   
 
On Saturday, May 25 District 5340 Military Coordination Committee (DMCC) will be placing an American flag on the headstones of our veterans interned at Mira Mar National Cemetery.  If you wish to volunteer to help, please sign up here
 
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Rotary Supports NAMIwalks

Rotary District 5340 had a great turnout for the NAMIwalk 2024. This year, as well as supporting the great work of NAMI in San Diego and Imperial Counties, Rotarians walked to celebrate the memory of Chuck Pretto. The walk in Liberty Station had over 60 Rotary participants, and we were delighted that Kim Pretto and some of her family (including grandchildren) could join us.

And those on the District Conference Cruise also formed a walking team, what a great way to celebrate Chuck.

Rotary has raised $17,000 towards NAMI's programs in SD/IC. It is estimated that there were over 3,000 people at the walk and NAMI has raised a record $255,000. There were many Rotarians volunteering during the event.

For more details or to sign up to the D5340 Chapter of Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives please contact alanturner.rotary@gmail.com
For more info about NAMI visit https://namisandiego.org/
 
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Hygiene Bags and Bedding Supplies for ECTLC

The Rotary Club of El Cajon chose the East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) as their recipient for this year’s Rotary at Work project. Members donated health and hygiene products and we assembled “Hygiene Bags” for the ECTLC participants. The Club also provided new bedding to help them equip five new rooms used to house families in their transitional living center located in El Cajon. 
 
Every day, East County Transitional Living Center’s programs house over 450 men, women, and children. Their loving, holistic process offers an end to homelessness and the promise of hope to future generations.  The El Cajon Rotary Club has been a long-standing partner providing grants and conducting projects to benefit the Center's objectives. 
 
 
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Seven Clubs Join Together for Rotarians at Work Day

It was a beautiful day in the valley as multiple organizations gathered at San Pasqual Academy for their annual Ag Day or "Rotarians at Work Day".  A cool morning welcomed over 100 volunteers, and an announcement at 9:00 am declared that a record was set for the most Rotary Clubs in our District joining together on Saturday. 

Along with the Escondido Rotary Clubs, Coronado Rotary Club and La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club (seven in total) joined in.  The morning progressed to the fields for weeding, fertilizing, planting, and even rock painting in their Serenity Garden.  After a productive morning, a delicious lunch was served.  
 

 
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Old Mission Rotary Supports District 5340 RYLA

At a club meeting on Tuesday, April 30th, Old Mission Rotary welcomed four of the nine high school juniors who attended District 5340's Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA).  Eight students were from St. Augustine High School and one was from the Academy of Our Lady of Peace.  

Tom Sandler has served as the RYLA Chairman for Old Mission Rotary for 20 years and is relieved to see that the program is slowly recovering after the pandemic.  The quality of the training event was as good as ever.
 
Photo: (L-R) Old Mission RYLA Chairman Tom Sandler, Mirshah Misirlioglu (Our Lady of Peace), Carson Van Nort, Kendrick Vazquez and Jacob Kajmowicz (St. Augustine). Jerry Rey is a guidance counselor at St. Augustine.
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Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to the San Diego Blood Bank

On Tuesday, April 23rd the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $10,000 grant to the San Diego Blood Bank for purchasing sterile welding equipment. Sterile connecting devices produce sterile welds between pieces of compatible tubing to permit sterile connection of a variety of containers and tube diameters. 

The grant was made in honor of Past District Chuck Pretto who passed away after a valiant battle with Leukemia. Chuck's wife Kimberley and son Anthony attended our Rotary meeting.
 
Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Board Members Don Krupp, Jackie Carpenter, Bob Chalfa, Old Mission Rotarian and Blood Bank Development Manager Susan Josephson, Old Mission Rotary President Stan Vogelsang, Art Pratt Board Members Judi Copeland and Tom Sandler,  Kimberly and Anthony Pretto, Art Pratt Foundation President Lee Kaminetz and San Diego Blood Bank Development Director Cheryl Castro-Lector.
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Fallbrook Rotary Club Supports Rally for Children’s Arts 

For Rotarians a Work Day, the Fallbrook Rotary Club got together to support Rally for Children’s Arts in the Park! Last Saturday, Rotarians gathered at Live Oak Park to cook cheeseburger and hotdog combos to feed families and raise Rally for Children funds. Everyone enjoyed close to 500 burgers and hot dogs!
 
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Next Year's RI Foundation Goals

 
Mark Daniel Maloney, our incoming trustee chair, has set some Foundation-related goals he calls “Mark’s Magical Markers” for district leaders next year.  Clubs will be asked to incorporate these goals into their action plans as well. 
  1. Lead by example by contributing to the Annual Fund by August 31 and the Endowment Fund by December 31.
  2. Increase the number of donors in your district who are enrolled in Rotary Direct, our recurring giving program.
  3. Encourage giving to our PolioPlus Fund and learn how to establish or continue to build a district-administered PolioPlus Society.
  4. Raise awareness of the Paul Harris Society, whose members generously commit to giving $1,000 to the Annual Fund every year.
  5. Recruit a team to plan a million-dollar event to increase giving to our Foundation’s Endowment.
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SDSU International Scholar Seeks to Thwart Substance Abuse in His Native Zambia

Story Credit: SDSU International Affairs
 
Psychiatrist Brian Maila recently won a Rotary Foundation grant to further his academic research on interventions for substance use disorders in low-resource settings.
 
Brian Maila’s academic journey to San Diego State University originated not in the classroom but at his father’s grocery stores in his hometown of Kabwe, Central Province of Zambia.

As a young teenager, Maila began managing the family markets, spending considerable time at what he saw as an eventual career in business.
His father, however, had a different vision for his future.

“He came to me and said Sonny, I have looked at your results at school, and I am impressed that you are doing well. I would rather you focus on school than on business,” recalled Maila. “This business, let your young brothers and I focus on it.”

That conversation sent Maila on a path to becoming the first member of his immediate family to earn a university degree. Now, he researches addiction, treatment, policy, and prevention in the Joint Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use at SDSU and the University of California, San Diego.

Maila’s academic endeavors were recently enhanced when he was awarded a $41,400 grant from The Rotary Foundation to finance his studies in the United States. Rotary District 5340, The Rotary Club of Del Mar and The Rotary Club of Nkwazi in Lusaka, Zambia jointly sponsored Maila for the 2024-25 academic year award.

Maila becomes the fourth SDSU student since 2015 to receive financial backing through this specific Rotary program. Other recipients came from Uganda, Brazil and Sri Lanka.

“Our district always chooses to support an international student, someone who is from a developing country,” said Janice Kurth, Rotary Foundation chair for the San Diego/Imperial counties district and a member of Rotary Club of Del Mar. “Our primary focus with this grant is to prioritize global and public health.”

The district encompasses 60-plus Rotary Clubs in greater San Diego and Imperial counties. However, some individual Rotary Clubs also have their own programs supporting international scholars and projects. Old Mission Rotary, for example, has been a long-time funder of nutrition and other public health projects in rural Mexico for VIIDAI, a binational health and research collaboration between SDSU, UCSD and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California.

An international student’s hometown Rotary Club must officially support the grant for the student to receive funding. While these hometown Rotary Clubs do not provide money themselves, their role is essential to fostering international collaboration and relationships, said Kurth.

After earning his degree in Zambia, Maila traveled to Australia and South Africa for a six-week program on mental health and substance use, including opioid treatment. When he returned, Maila began implementing what he learned at the hospital where he worked.

Those efforts helped him land a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship through the State Department’s Institute of International Education to study at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Afterward, he returned to Zambia and put his education into practice again at the hospital. But Maila felt he needed key expertise. While well versed in treating substance use, he needed to learn more about prevention policies, community engagement, and theories underpinning both drug use and evidence-based interventions.  

“I needed to delve into research,” he said. “Research will help me address these issues at a larger scale, rather than address issues at the individual level.”

Maila will complete his JDP classes at SDSU this spring and then relocate to UCSD in the fall to pursue further courses before commencing his dissertation.

“I have keen interest in alcohol, opioids, and cigarette smoking,” he said. “It is high time we got researchers trained in this area to help address the substance use problem, because it is a growing concern in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
SDSU International Scholar Seeks to Thwart Substance Abuse in His Native Zambia 2024-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Mission Trails Gets a Clean Up

In recognition of Rotary's Enviromental Month, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club chose as their Rotarians at Work Day project - I love a Clean San Diego Creek Cleanup at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground in the Mission Trails Regional Park.  The club went off trail cognizant of snakes and poison oak to get into the brush area for trash and debris likely caused by run off associated with recent heavy storms.  They were accompanied by two park rangers who made sure they were safe and provided conservation and nature tips along the way.  Interactors from Santana High School also joined in and were amazing company and hard workers.  
 
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Registration Now Open for Governor's Dinner

 
2024 DISTRICT GOVERNOR AWARDS DINNER
MONDAY JUNE 24TH FROM 5PM TO 8:30PM
 
Tickets have been going fast and it won't be long before we are sold out - 
don't miss your opportunity to attend!
 
4:30pm Check-In/Registration Opens
5pm-6pm Cocktail-Garden Terrace (No Host Bar)
6:00pm-8:30pm Dinner and Program with Entertainment!!!
(Parking is included but you must get parking ticket validated at the valet station)
 
 
 
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Welcome Home - 50 Years Later!

 
Honor Flight San Diego has dedicated their April 26-28 24 Honor Flight to 90 Vietnam combat Naval Special Warfare SEALs, UDT and Boat Guys.  These men served in an unpopular war and were treated poorly on their return to San Diego.  Honor Flight is giving them the Honor and “Welcome Home” that is 50 years overdue.  The charter Alaska flight departs San Diego on Friday 26 April, tours the Washington DC war memorials including the Vietnam Memorial Wall and will return Sunday 28 April.  The Honor Flight is completely free to every veteran.
 
Bring your patriotic Red, White and Blue and welcome those who served as the arrive at San Diego Airport, Terminal 2 Baggage Claim on Sunday, 28 April 2024 at 1pm.  This is a family friendly tribute to those who served.  Navy SEAL Rotarians past and present will be on this historic flight - come out, show your patriotism and welcome them home.
 
Rotary District Military Coordination Committee is providing flight arrival details on their website via following link.
 
 
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Goat for Joe Golf Tournament and Mental Health Fair

 
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.  Their presenting sponsor is Lawyers Title San Diego.  Hosted by San Marcos and Oceanside Rotary clubs, this event 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, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or any other debilitating mental disability.  Please join them for this incredible event - register by going to www.goatforjoe.org.
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Message from District Governor Don Fipps

 
History of Rotarians at Work Day.
 
In 1911, Rotarians adopted the motto "Service Above Self."  Past RI President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, selected “Service Above Self” as the theme for 2005-2006.  Through the vision of Past District 5340 Governor Bob Watson 2005-06, every Rotarian in the world had the opportunity to renew our commitment to this timeless message of compassion and generosity of spirit by participating in Rotarians At Work Day.
 
The first Rotarians at Work Day was on April 29, 2006.  60 clubs within District 5340 came forward and identified one or more projects that they performed. Many clubs partnered with other clubs including those in Mexico in District 4100, and nearly all of the clubs integrated other groups to assist such as Rotaract Clubs and Interact Clubs. Rotarians planted trees and performed much-needed maintenance to our communities’ highways, senior centers, a variety of public buildings such as schools, and parks.  All in one day!
 
Today, Rotarians at Work Day is a Rotary International initiative spanning the globe.  Not every District does it on the same day, but Rotarians can be seen globally wearing their Rotarians at Work shirts while performing service in their communities.  This year, District 5340 is conducting its Rotarians at Work Day, April 27, 2024. 
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United Way Receives Funds from the Art Pratt Foundation

On Tuesday, April 16th the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $8540 to the United Way of San Diego.  The United Way of San Diego focuses on ways to support early childhood and youth success and family stability. The funds will be used to purchase furniture for their newly remodeled outdoor break space for their staff.  Nancy Sasaki is the President and CEO of the United Way of San Diego and she was present to accept the grant check.
 
Photo: (L-R) Old Mission Rotary President Stan Vogelsang, Art Pratt Board member Tom Sandler, President and CEO of the United Way of San Diego Nancy Sasaki, Art Pratt Board member Judi Copeland and Art Pratt Foundation President Lee Kaminetz.
 
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Editor Attending District Conference 2024-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

10 Things You Can Do to Build the Environment and Support Peace

 
How Can Your Club Make a Difference?
 
  1. Build a community garden and plant a peace pole.
  2. Implement a community tree planting project assuring that it will introduce or incorporate individuals from all different segments of the community.
  3. Plant Pollinator Gardens feeding birds, bees and butterfly populations, especially during the summer season.
  4. Teach the proper management of solid waste and help eliminate disease through elimination of exposure to pets and rodents carrying the disease.  Also helping reduce the pollution of rivers and oceans through discharge of wastewater materials in stormwater and title action.  
  5. Work with schools to have students help with clean stormwater projects.  Litter and pollution swept away by rainfall goes directly into lakes, creeks, rivers and streams.  
  6. Build sustainability in the community through community rehabilitation and restoration projects.  Rotarians should do these projects jointly with non-Rotarians and other partners to increase outreach across community lines.
  7.  In almost all parts of the world, mosquitoes are a transmitter of many illnesses. A Community Birdhouse or Bat House Project will provide a source of mosquito consumers for the community. These projects can be built and installed cooperatively with community members at schools, churches, and many public areas and can be used to build community.
  8. Teach youth groups such as Interact, Rotaract, school youth groups, church youth groups, and other such audiences the fundamentals of respect for the Environment, and the fundamentals of building Peace both based on the Four-Way-Test. Behaviors which negatively affect ecosystems and are environmentally damaging are as contrary to the Four-Way-Test as behaviors which disrespect other people and deny them human dignity.
  9. Provide education on and actions community members can take to reduce the impact of invasive and non-native species.
  10. Identify ways to reduce the community energy impact.  In some communities it may be carpools or in other areas it may be accessibility to alternate or natural fuel.  
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Rotary Nights at the Padres

 
Rotary Nights at the Padres
 
Join Rotarians from District 5340 for a Padres game!  All seats are located in left field at The Point. Electronic ticket(s) will be emailed to you by Patty Fortin, 5340 District Administrator 30 days before the game.  Click on the team's name to purchase tickets.  
 
Padres vs. Washington Nationals
June 25, 2024 - 6:40 PM
Tickets $58 - limit 4 per person
 
Padres vs. Dodgers
July 30, 2024 - 6:40 PM
Tickets $74 - limit 4 per person
 
Padres vs. Minnesota Twins
August 20, 2024 - 6:40 PM
Tickets $58 - limit 4 per person
 
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Sign Up for Operation Flags for Vets

 

The Rotary 5340 District Military Coordinating Committee (DMCC) is proud to be sponsoring the inaugural “Operation Flags for Vets” at Miramar National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend. In cooperation with the cemetery administration, members of Rotary District 5340 will be placing a small American flag at every gravesite to honor our fallen heroes. This effort is one that the cemetery has no funding or personnel to complete so they are excited to welcome Rotary to what will be a long-term commitment.  Click "Read More" for more information and how to sign up yourself or your club to help participate.   

To volunteer go to our new website rotarydistrict5340dmcc.com/volunteer.  

Operation Flags for Vets dates are listed in “Upcoming Events” for additional details.

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World Immunization Week

 
Time to start planning how you are going to support this effort.
 
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.
 
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
 
Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
 
Today, we have four Wild Polio Virus cases this calendar year and twelve last year – equal numbers in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.  Rotary International has made strides in Polio Eradication through teaching the importance of protecting children through lifesaving vaccines.  Learn more here.
 
Help Rotary raise awareness for polio eradication and the importance of vaccines during World Immunization Week, 24-30 April. Find a variety of resources to help spread the word at the End Polio Now Resource Center.
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Register for Zoom Workshop on Developing a Membership Action Plan

 
We all know that Rotary clubs everywhere struggle with attracting and retaining membership.  Rotary Zones 26 and 27 are hosting a Zoom workshop to help clubs achieve their membership goals. Click this link to registrar for the Zoon link that applies to the date you choose to participate.   Don't miss out on key discussions and insights that will help your club succeed.  
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La Mesa Rotary to Hold Pickleball Tournament

 
The La Mesa Rotary Club is having a pickleball tournament fundraiser on May 5, 2024 at the Hub, 9545 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA  92077.  Prices have been reduced from last year.  Come test your skill or if you never have played, join the free clinic for first time players.  Tickets are $70 for players and $40 for non-players.  
 
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Poway-Scripps Rotarians Are Busy Bees

The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps has been busy this year providing Service above Self.  They started in January with a blood drive. In February they donated 50 Hygiene kits to Interfaith Community Service follow shortly thereafter donating a lot of hygiene products to San Diego’s Your Safe Place. In March lots of items were donated to Poway Unified School Youth in Transition and helped them pack up 100 bags of items to hand out at their grab and go day to their needy families. Also donated approximately 100 baby items to STEP (Support the Enlisted Project) for their Baby on Board project. Working on several more upcoming projects as well as beginning to plan for the Poway Rotary parade, their annual fund raiser scheduled for Sept 14.
 
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Message from District Governor Don Fipps

 
This weekend, District 5340 conducted Rotary Youth Leadership Awards for area high school juniors at Idyllwild Pines Camp.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary International and funded by sponsoring clubs in the district. It aims to empower young people by providing them with the skills, experiences, and resources necessary to become effective leaders in their communities and beyond.
 
RYLA typically consists of a series of workshops, seminars, team-building activities, and networking opportunities. Participants engage in discussions on leadership principles, ethics, communication, problem-solving, and community service. They also have the chance to interact with established leaders from various fields who serve as mentors and role models.
 
Overall, RYLA aims to inspire and empower young people to make positive changes in their communities and to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Click 
"Read More" to get a pictorial look at this weekend's event.  
 
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Save the Date - Governor's Dinner

 
Mark your calendars today! You won't want to miss this year's Governors' Dinner slated for June 24 at the Del Mar Hilton.  This is going to be an evening of celebration.  Stay tuned for more information, including the registration link as it becomes available.
     
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Car-Seats Distributed to Marine Families

On Friday, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton and Rotary Club of Carlsbad were at the Warrior Warehouse to distribute more than 120 car seats to active-duty Marine families in need. That makes over 360 car seats distributed this fiscal year! 
 
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Wine Soiree To be Held on April 26, 2024

 
Friday, April 26 from 6 -10 pm
The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club, UCSD (parking included) $100pp
Details and registration here: https://lajollagtrotary.org
 
Lift a glass with the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotarians on April 26. Join us for our Wine Soiree FUNdraiser featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and live/silent auctions.
 
Join us at the Faculty Club on the UCSD campus to enjoy a collection of wines from Sonoma, Paso Robles, Stag’s Leap District in Napa and more.  Bid on some one-of-a-kind Experience Packages, all in support of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary’s local and international humanitarian projects. Unwind with friends and fellow Rotarians on a Friday evening and enjoy the creative pairings of UCSD’s chefs: Pomegranate Glazed Chicken Skewers, Tri-Tip Crostini, Meatballs, Beet Tartare, Garden Vegetables and a charcuterie board of fruits, cheeses, nuts and artisan breads.  Click "Read More" for additional information on this upcoming event.  
 
 
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LEAD Program Scheduled for October

 
Since 2009, the District LEAD Program has been an opportunity for clubs to provide a unique two-day leadership, confidence, and growth conference for area 8th grade students.  Pre-selected for their DEMONSTRATED leadership skills, the students attend a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) camp developed, presented, and funded by local Rotarians, and hear from speakers who help further nurture these talented leaders at a most critical point in their development. 
 
Over 70% of clubs in the district have participated in LEAD.  That means 30% have not availed their local students of the opportunity!  Your club could make all the difference!  Participating clubs can sponsor up to 3 pairs of students – 1 pair equals one boy and one girl - from their area-partner middle schools.  The LEAD Committee is standing by to help those clubs who haven't made this commitment identify middle school administrative support - we can help you get connected - and provide a club-specific presentation at one of your meetings to help your club make this a priority.  Click "Read More" to continue article. 
 
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District 5340 Military Coordinating Committee (DMCC) Established

 
San Diego County is home to more than 110,700 active-duty service members and 240,000 veterans, making it one of the largest concentrations of military personnel in the country. San Diego is the home to 118,300 family members, of which 60.7 percent are children, which represents 7.6 percent of San Diego County’s total population. Unfortunately, incidence of divorce and child abuse among military families is considerably higher than the general population. Many veterans struggle with mental health issues and nearly 1,000 are experiencing homelessness, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Click "Read More" to continue story.
 
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Florida Rotarian Paints Pet Portraits for Cleft Lip Surgeries

 
George Lewis joined the Rotary Club of Venice-Nokomis, Florida, USA, well into his 70s, but quickly found his purpose in Rotary. Lewis took part in a service project to install stoves for Mayan families in 2006 and learned of their need for clean drinking water. Organizing water projects with the help of district and global grants became his passion. Recently, he has turned his energies toward putting together grants to provide cleft lip surgeries. He has painted hundreds of pet portraits to raise money for the grants. Learn more of Lewis’ story on Rotary Voices.
 
Many of you have probably seen George on Facebook where he shares a number of his pet portraits and other art projects that he has engaged in for the benefit of supporting Rotary projects.   George takes requests from all over - not just Florida.  If you are interested in having a pet portrait painted by George, connect with him on his Facebook page.  
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Rotary Model United Nations 2024

 
District 5340’s 20th Annual Model United Nations Conference was held last week on March 23-24, 2024 at the Del Mar City Hall.  Congratulations to all 81 Student Delegates, 11 student Secretaries-General, and all Advisors, both Teachers and Rotarians, who participated in this year’s Conference! 
 
Once again, our outstanding high school students impressed us with their leadership and team-player abilities, their grace and strength under fire, their negotiations, conflict-resolution and coalition-building skills. 
 
Rotary International and the United Nations are globally recognized organizations and Rotary was intricately involved in the formation and Charter of the UN. This Model UN experience will be beneficial to our students in their college applications, collegiate studies and future career endeavors.  In fact, many of our Model UN alumni have pursued careers in international relations and other humanitarian vocations. Others have gone on to pursue degrees as varied as pre-med, law, business, and engineering.  Click "Read More" to continue article.  
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Rotarians Invited to Attend the Mr./Mrs./Ms. San Diego Awards Program 

 
San Diego Rotary Club 33 invites all Rotarians to attend the Mr./Mrs./Ms. San Diego awards program on Thursday, April 18 at 12 noon. Club 33 will honor the beloved late San Diego Padres Chairman Peter Seidler as the 2023 Mr. San Diego Award recipient. The award is given to a person deemed to have contributed outstanding community betterment to San Diego over an extended period. Seidler was notified of his selection and accepted the award in Nov. 2023, just before he passed away. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Padre's attire. Rotarians are encouraged to RSVP by April 15. Please contact jordan@rotary33.org or becky@rotary33.org to RSVP and to learn more.
 
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Golf Ball Drop and Silent Auction Slated for May 11 2024-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

Message from District Governor Don Fipps

 
April is Environmental Month!  Last weekend my Notes had an article about how April was Maternal and Child Health Month.  Rotary changed its monthly theme schedule in March so that now, April is about Environment. 
 
The goal of Rotary Environmental Month is to mobilize Rotary members and communities to take action to protect the environment, address climate change, and promote sustainable development. By focusing on environmental issues during this dedicated month, Rotary clubs seek to make a positive impact on the planet and inspire others to join in efforts to preserve the Earth for future generations.
 
Please attend First District Environmental Solutions Summit May 19, 2024, at the San Dieguito County Park, it is FREE.  Click here to register!
 
Access the new revised monthly theme document - Download 2024 Monthly Themes.
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Rise Up Industries Receives Rotary Grant

Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Board member Tom Sandler, Rise Up Project Manager Michael Lucero, Old Mission Rotary President Stan Vogelsang, Art Pratt Board members Bob Chalfa and Don Krupp.
 
Rise Up Industries is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit that prepares the formerly incarcerated for careers as CNC machine operators in their full-service CNC machine shop.  CNC (Computer Controlled Numerical Milling) Machines are highly technical computerized industrial machines.

The program assists many former gang members who receive employment, classroom training, and real-world experience on contract work to give them the skills needed for a well-paying career. The $10,000 Art Pratt Grant is assisting them with tenant improvements in a new and larger facility.
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Rally 4 Reilly Receives $5,198 Grant

 
On Tuesday, March 26th the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $5198 grant to Rally 4 Reilly. The non profit offers comfort and support while offering resources and financial assistance to individuals and families in San Diego County who are affected by spinal cord injuries. The award was accepted by Mark Daggett who is the Founder, Chairman, & Executive Director of Rally 4 Reilly and funds will be used to upgrade computer equipment.
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Fisher House Grounds Get a Spruce Up

Chula Vista Eastlake Rotary Club joined the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club for some yard cleanup at the Fisher House.   
 
Fisher Houses provide “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. These homes offer free, temporary lodging to military and veterans’ families, allowing them to be close to their loved one during a medical crisis and focus on what’s important—the healing process.
 
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Third Graders to Get Dictionaries

March 23, the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo a labeling party prepping for distribution of dictionaries to 3rd graders in Poway Unified School District. Each dictionary gets a label in the front cover that depicts the Rotary Four Way Test and a place for the student's name. Long time member and elementary school teacher Cathy Glover lovingly leads this project. Next up is the delivery to schools to get to the schools and get the dictionaries in the hands of the kids!
 
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Message from District Governor Don Fipps

Tomorrow is April Fool's Day.  I have never been very good creating April Fool's Day practical jokes, but I fall for them all the time.  Also, tomorrow starts Rotary's 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.  Rotary Creates Hope in the World by providing education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease. This is the power of Rotary!
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Multifamily Housing Complex Becomes Service Project

Members of the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake, wearing white protective suits, masks, and wielding sledgehammers, embarked on a significant service project within a multifamily housing complex in Southcrest. The community is closely connected with Balboa Elementary and Chavez Elementary schools. Positioned with St. Jude’s on a nearby hill as a backdrop, the volunteers tackled the work head-on with youth volunteers from the Urban League. The extensive damage encountered was a sobering reminder of the need for community involvement and support. The spirit of solidarity among the volunteers and local groups was inspiring. Together, they participated in demolition and debris removal, part of ongoing cleanup efforts. While the city facilitated the effort by providing dumpsters, it was the united effort of volunteers from the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake and other organizations that truly made a substantial impact. Special thank you to our coordinator and Rotarian Koko Fajardo.
 
The Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake has tackled a series of hands-on projects that showcases our capacity to mobilize for the greater good. "Rotary in Action" exemplifies more than just a motto; it's a testament to the remarkable outcomes achievable when communities come together in a united effort for positive change.
 
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Vines and Vittles Family Festival Date Set

 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR TODAY
 
Vines and Vittles Family Festival
June 1, 2024
2:00-5:00PM
         Webb Park in Rancho Bernardo
 
We're back on June 1. We look forward to a great day in the park. Join us for an unforgettable day of local flavors, crafts, and entertainment. For more information click here.  
 
 
 
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Rotary to be Awarded 2024 Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award

 

Join Us in Celebrating This Distinguished Award

Rotarians, you have served California's Community Colleges' "best" and we want to thank you! Mira Costa College Foundation invites you and two guests to a special viewing party. On April 3, we will be streaming the Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award event.
 
This year, the Newtwork of Community College Foundations will be presenting the Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award to the Rotary Foundation and California Rotary Districts for their exceptional philanthropic support across our state's community college campuses.  
 
Join us as we recognize them for their generous contributions and celebrate the impact of philanthropic commitments to our California Community Colleges.
     
    WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
    TIME: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
    WHERE: MiraCosta College Community Learning Center
    1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA  92058Community Room 127
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    Rotary to be Awarded the 2024 Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award

     
    Join Us in Celebrating This Distinguished Award
     
    Rotarians, you have served California's Community Colleges' "best" and we want to thank you!  Mira Costa College Foundation invites you and two guests to a special viewing party.  On April 3, we will be streaming the Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award event.
     
    This year, the Newtwork of Community College Foundations will be presenting the Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award to the Rotary Foundation and California Rotary Districts for their exceptional philanthropic support across our state's community college campuses.  
     
    Join us as we recognize them for their generous contributions and celebrate the impact of philanthropic commitments to our California Community Colleges.
       
      WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
      TIME: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
      WHERE: MiraCosta College Community Learning Center
      1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA  92058
      Community Room 127
       
      Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served at the event.  Speakers include District Governor Don Fipps and current MiraCosta College Foundation President Dave McGuigan.  Specific clubs in our district that have been involved with MiraCosta include:

      Oceanside Rotary Club
      Carlsbad Rotary Foundation
      Rotary Club of Encinitas
      Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club
      Rotary Club of El Camino Real “Oceanside”
      Rotary Club of Del Mar
      Vista Rotary Foundation
       
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      How to Reserve the Rotary Blow Up for Your Event

       
       
      8'x8' x 12" (H x W x D)
      Free to Use for Club Events
      Light and Easy to Set Up
      Outdoor or Indoor Events
      Four Outdoor Anchor Stakes
       
      Included: blowup, four outdoor stakes, patch kit and blower; not included: hammer (for stakes) and extension cord,
       
      To reserve the unit, send an email to District @Rotary5340.org that provides the following information:
       
      • Club name, your name and position within your respective club and the name and date(s) of the club function for which the blowup will be needed.
      • You will be contacted to confirm availability and to determine the pickup and return dates and times. 
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      Bowling for a Cause

       
      Join the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club for an evening of bowling and comradery. Their fundraising event will be held at Parkway Bowl on May 10 from 5:30 to 8:45PM. Proceeds benefit the Club's charity and community projects.  
       
      Tickets are:
      Individual - $60
      Teams of four - $240
      Cosmic team of four - $280
       
      Scan the UR code above or click here to purchase online.  By check: mail to La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Foundation, PO Box 3277, La Mesa, CA  91944.
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      District-Wide Volunteer Event at the Fair

       
      For 15 years, Nancy Stoke at the Torrey Pines Rotary Club has been collecting toys at the Del Mar Fair.  Each year, she and her team of dedicated volunteers set up collection boxes and collect toys and stuffed animals from willing participants.  Volunteers interact with departing Fair guests to encourage donations of toys won at the Fair, answer questions, arrange for hand-offs of gently used donations that may be at home, and hand out bookmarks or some token item as a thank you for a donation which has Rotary contact info on the back.  Volunteers get complimentary admission tickets to the Fair, so you can enjoy the Fair before or after your shift.  Click "Read More" to continue reading about this membership initiative that we would like all clubs to participate in.  
       
      District-Wide Volunteer Event at the Fair 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

      San Marcos Rotary Club Celebrates its Success

       
      The San Marcos Rotary Club is basking in the glow of recognition for its exceptional contributions to The Rotary Foundation during the 2022-2023 term. Past President Alan Geraci and Past Foundation Chair Steve Kildoo were recently commended by District Governor Don Fipps for their outstanding leadership and dedication. One of the club's crowning achievements was receiving the prestigious Every Rotarian, Every Year Club award, a testament to the unwavering commitment of each member to the Annual Fund. With an impressive 100% participation rate, the San Marcos Rotary Club demonstrated its unity and philanthropic spirit.
       
      Moreover, the club was lauded for its members' remarkable generosity, with a contribution of over $100 per capita. This level of support underscores the collective passion for giving back to the community and making a tangible impact. The Rotary Foundation, with its century-long legacy of transformative projects, has been a beneficiary of the San Marcos Rotary Club's dedication. Having invested over $4 billion in initiatives ranging from healthcare improvements to education and poverty alleviation worldwide, the Foundation continues to be a driving force for positive change.
       
      As the San Marcos Rotary Club looks ahead, its members remain steadfast in their commitment to effecting change both locally and globally. Join them in their mission to make a difference and be a part of something truly impactful. 
       
       
       
      San Marcos Rotary Club Celebrates its Success 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

      Save the Date to Celebrate 100 Years

       
      The Rotary Club of Oceanside is reaching a very significant milestone - its 100th Anniversary!  Mark your calendars today so that you can join in on the community celebration.  The event will be held April 20, 2024, from 11am to 2pm at Heritage Park, 220 Peyri Drive, Oceanside.  The event is free and on-site food vendors will be available.  There will be a whole host of activities to enjoy.  
      Save the Date to Celebrate 100 Years 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

      District Youth Music Competition Finals Set

       
      The Final Four have been chosen!   Earlier this month, twelve talented high school student musicians from across the District competed in the North and South Regional Semi-Finals of the 2024 District 5340 Rotary Youth Instrumental Music Competition.  The Regionals were held in Carlsbad and Coronado, each featuring the club-sponsored winners of this year's ten participating RYIMC clubs. Two students from each Regional will now advance to the District Finals to compete for the $2500 Grand Prize, and an invitation to play at the Governor's Dinner in June.   Click "Read More" for additional information, including time and date of the final competition.  
       
      District Youth Music Competition Finals Set 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

       $5000 for Camp Scholarships Awarded to YMCA

      On Tuesday, March 19th, The Old Mission Rotary Foundation awarded a grant of $5000 for camp scholarships for children living in the underserved community of City Heights.
       
      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.
       
      Old Mission Rotary has a long tradition of supporting the Copley-Price YMCA and meets at their beautiful, state-of-the art facility every Tuesday at noon. Lunch is catered by the onsite UrbanLife Cafe which is a YMCA program that trains youth in food service and retail restaurant operations.
       
      Photo: (L-R) Old Mission Rotary President Stan Vogelsang and Julian Villegas of the Copley-Price YMCA. Julian serves as the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging for the YMCA San Diego Region.
      $5000 for Camp Scholarships Awarded to YMCA 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

      The Rotary Club of Coronado Presents Peacemaker Award

      The Rotary Club of Coronado annually presents a Peacemaker Award to an individual or group whose service promotes good will and exemplifies “people of action.”  In recognition of his leadership in tackling the human trafficking epidemic, the club presented this year’s award to San Diego Club Rotarian Dave Oates. Active in this cause since 2019, Dave continues to spearhead preventative, education and survivor support initiatives in and out of Rotary to increase awareness of the scourge in the region and encourage active involvement in combatting it.
       
      In addition to his anti-human trafficking work within Rotary, Dave also serves on San Diego County’s Anti-Human Trafficking Advisory Council, which reports to the County Board of Supervisors on all matters relating to this issue. 
       
      Pictured above: Coronado Rotary Club President Bob Rutherford, Coronado Rotary Peace Committee Chair, Sharon Raffer, San Diego Rotary Club Peacemaker Award Honoree David Oates; Rotary District 5340 Governor Don Fipps and Coronado Rotary Club Past President, LuAnn Miller. Not pictured: San Diego Rotary Club President Michael Brunker
      The Rotary Club of Coronado Presents Peacemaker Award 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor, Don Fipps

       
      This weekend, Rotary District 5340 conducted its 20th Annual Model United Nations in Del Mar with 42 countries represented by teams of two from 20 difference schools debating two resolutions; Specific Actions to Address Loss of Global Diversity and Counter Terrorism: To Build a Safer World. 
       
      As Model United Nations delegates, students become exposed to and engaged in major world issues, while meeting and working alongside their peers from different socio-economic groups, cultures, and backgrounds.  This experience is very similar to the situations encountered by actual delegates to the United Nations.  Students will strengthen their leadership qualities while applying their studies in such areas as history, geography, and science to practical real-world situations.  Most importantly, they will learn how to peacefully resolve conflicts and reach consensus on various issues – critical tools to become peacebuilders and community leaders.  This is how we Create Hope in the World.
       
      To learn more visit: https://modelunrotary5340.com/
      Message from District Governor, Don Fipps 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

      Escondido Rotaries Go Wild

       
      Want to visit another club and get a good deal in the process?  Well, you can!  Simply attend the Rotary Club of Escondido's annual meeting being held at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park at the Hunte Pavilion and get a good deal.  For only $48 you get parking, admission to the park, lunch and a special program.  This is not a fundraiser, but the Club does need to meet a minimum headcount.  To join in, scan the QR code above or click here to make your reservation.  
      Escondido Rotaries Go Wild 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

      Entry Garden Built at San Dieguito Park 

      Nine members of Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club were joined by 15 students from Torrey Pines High School Earth Club to plant an entry garden at the San Dieguito Park. The club has a regular workday at this park every month to plant or clean up. This was a special day of planting green in celebration of St Patrick’s Day. The club and friends were able to plant about 150 one-gallon plants and seven flats, mulch and water in just under three hours. The result will be beautiful blooms to see and smell and nectar for birds and bees for years to come. Please come visit and see the San Dieguito Park for yourself. The club invites Rotarians to join them for future events - usually the third Sunday of each month.
       
      Entry Garden Built at San Dieguito Park 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

      Military Outreach Mission Receives $10,000 Grant

      Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Board Members Bob Chalfa, Judi Copeland and Donna Maytum, MOM President Sandy Carder, Art Pratt Board Members Don Krupp and Tom Sandler, MOM Executive Director Barbara Chavez and Art Pratt Foundation President Lee Kaminetz.
       
      On Tuesday, March 19th, The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Awarded a grant to the Military Outreach Mission of $10,000 to help replace their van.
       
      The Military Outreach Mission (MOM) serves a vastly underserved population of junior enlisted military in San Diego County with basic needs to help stretch their limited funds while they live in one of the most expensive areas in the country. Their services are free of charge and consist of: 
      • Distribution of food seven times a month at military housing. 
      • Enabling military families to shop at their La Mesa Distribution Center for baby items, children’s clothes, and household items.
      • Helping families feel a sense of community, especially spouses of deployed members, by holding special events such as baby showers, Christmas Stores, Easter egg hunts, back to school backpacks drive.
      • Helping families during personal emergencies.
       
      Military Outreach Mission Receives $10,000 Grant 2024-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      March is National Women’s History Month
       
      This month, let us celebrate women in Rotary.  In 1987, the United States Supreme Court ruled that women could be members of Rotary International.  The very first club President was Sylvia Whitlock of the Rotary Club of Duarte, California. The first woman Rotary International President was Jennifer Jones for 2022-2023. Stephanie Urchick will be our 2nd woman Rotary International President for 2024-25.   Today, 40.3% of the members of District 5340 are female. Next Rotary year, 2024-25, Dianne Crawford will be our District Governor.   Our District and Rotary International are much better organizations with woman as members and as leaders.  Let’s celebrate women in Rotary and all of us Create Hope in the World.  
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

      Dine and Dance Under the Stars

       
      Saturday, March 30, 2024
      5-9:00 PM
       
      Join the Rotary Club of Borrego Springs for dancing and dinner under the stars.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit a host of local causes. To purchase tickets either scan the QR code above or click here.  Admission includes tacos and all the fixin's, wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee.  
      Dine and Dance Under the Stars 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

      Foundation Cruise Will Honor PDG Chuck Pretto

       
      As many of us heard at Chuck Pretto's Funeral and Celebration of Life, it is very important to enjoy every day of your life. Kim Pretto shared at both services how wonderful it was to go on the Rotary Foundation River cruise last April. It was only a few short weeks later that Chuck was diagnosed. Kim's point was that you never know when your last day is, so enjoy life every day.
       
      This October on the next Rotary Foundation River Cruise, we will dedicate an evening to PDG Chuck’s legacy and memory. Come and help us celebrate Chuck, The Rotary Foundation and LIFE on this cruise. For more information email 5340cruise@gmail.com.
       
      Foundation Cruise Will Honor PDG Chuck Pretto 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

      Old Mission Rotary Hosts Subregional Level of the Four Way Test Speech Contest

       
      On Tuesday, March 12th, Old Mission Rotary Hosted a Subregional Level of the Rotary District 5340 Four Way Test Speech Contest.

      Pictured (L-R) Dante Salata of Coronado High School (Rotary Club of Coronado), Varun Venkatesh of Carlsbad High School (Rotary Club of Carlsbad), Angeline Rodriguez of Hoover High School (Club 33), Yana Patel of Brawley Union High School (Rotary Club of Brawley) and Celeste Rodriguez of Hoover High School (Club 33).

      The contest judges from Old Mission Rotary awarded first place to Varun Venkatesh and second place to Angeline Rodriguez.  Both students will continue on to the next level of competition.
       
       
       
      Old Mission Rotary Hosts Subregional Level of the Four Way Test Speech Contest 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

      Have You Reported on Your Rotarians at Work Day Project?

       
      Rotarians at Work Day
      April 27, 2024
       
      Now is the time to report on your Rotarians at Work Day event.  Who's planning on joining the District wide NAMI Walk event for mental health?  This important event in honor of Past District Governor Chuck Pretto will likely involve the support and participation of many Rotarians, however, we also know clubs have planned other events for April 27th.  Please help your District Leadership team by reporting your clubs' activities using the following link below:
       
       
      Of course, if you get stuck or need help, contact the Rotarians At Work Day Chair for District 5340, Past President Brett Morey of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle at 858-602-2532. 
       
      Most Rotarians in District 5340 realize that the last Saturday in April is known as Rotarians at Work Day encouraging club members around the world to conduct a hands-on project.  Did you know that this was started here in District 5340 and has since been adopted throughout the globe?  Well, you do now, and you can thank the late Bob Watson of the Rotary Club of Coronado.  Just another gentle reminder about how we can change the world for the better with one small gesture at a time.  Thank you in advance for sharing what your club is organizing for April 27th with the District Leadership Team.
      Have You Reported on Your Rotarians at Work Day Project? 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

      Medical and Dental Mission Philippines 2024

      The Rotary Club of San Diego-Paradise Valley traveled again on an important medical and dental mission.  Their goal was to complete three missions in three locations in the Philippines.
       
      Their first medical and dental mission was in the urban area of Smokey Mountain Tondo, Manila, followed by a long land journey to the next two communities located in the small towns of Barili and Naga, Cebu.  The last two communities required a tiring drive to a port using ferry boats to catch the other island to be there at a specific time.  With perseverance and determination, dedicated Rotarians and volunteers safely arrived on time to setup what they came to do.    The locals greeted them with open arms and are humbled to see them.  Their smiles gave them the energy to complete their mission.
       
      Armed with compassion and medical supplies, they provided essential care to those in need.  Rotarian club members and volunteers worked tirelessly, offering optical care, minor surgeries, dental services, medical check-ups and screenings to the underserved communities.
       
      This medical and dental mission not only addressed immediate health concerns but also empowered the communities with knowledge for long-term well-being.
       
      As the mission concluded, smiles replaced pain and the people's voices echoed with gratitude.  Rotarians and volunteers helped a total of 5,409 people.
       
      Medical and Dental Mission Philippines 2024 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

      New District 5340 Facebook Page

       
      We have launched our NEW FacebookDistrict 5340” page.    Please take the time to go to the page and click "Like" and "Follow".  Our old page (Rotary District 5340) is no longer active, and we need to build up our following on our new page.  This is where you will see District events and activities posted and should be your go-to-page for District news.  
       
      We also have an Instagram page as well as a LinkedIn page.  Again, make sure you like and follow our page on these platforms and don't forget to tag #District5340 so that we can see your events on the District Facebook page.
      New District 5340 Facebook Page 2024-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Night at the Padres

       
      Join Rotarians across the District at Rotary Night at the Padres!  Come see the San Diego Padres play the Colorado Rockies on May 14. 
       
      • Start time is 6:40PM.
      • Seats are located in left field at "The Point".
      • Game ticket is $58 - Limit of 5 per person! 
      • Game giveaway is a Joe Musgrove bobblehead!
      • Click here to purchase tickets.
       
      Rotary Night at the Padres 2024-03-14 07:00:00Z 0

      NAMI Walk in Honor of PDG Chuck Pretto

      Saturday, April 27th, 2024 – Liberty Station and April 13th – Imperial Valley Mall
       
      Please join us on this walk and celebrate the memory of Past District Governor Chuck Pretto. Chuck made Adolescent Behavioral and Mental Health his primary theme and his family have asked us to dedicate our walking team and our donations in memory of Chuck.

      District 5340 will have a walking team at NAMIwalk on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Liberty Station and on April 13 at the Imperial Valley Mall. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The event starts at 7:00am.  The walk is from 8:00am to 9:00am and the Wellness Expo is open until 11:00am. All proceeds will be used in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
       
      Rotary also needs volunteers to support this walk.  Click "Read More" for registration and volunteer contact.  
      NAMI Walk in Honor of PDG Chuck Pretto 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Attend the First District Environmental Solutions Summit

       
       
      Join Rotary members on Sunday May 19, 10 am to 3 pm at San Dieguito County Park, in Del Mar for a day filled with fun and hands-on environmental activities. The summit is organized by the District Environmental Sustainability (DES) Committee with the support of Rotary District 5340 and EDCO to make this event free and open to all. Bring your family and friends!  Click "Read More" to learn what you can expect when attending the summit.
       
      Attend the First District Environmental Solutions Summit 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Youth Instrumental Music Competition

      Rotary International District 5340 hosted an incredible event last weekend! On Saturday, March 9th, the 2024 Youth Instrumental Music Competition for the South Region took place at the Coronado Public Library. The competition aimed to identify and recognize the student contestant demonstrating the highest level of excellence in talent, training, and passion for music. Prize money was awarded at every level of the competition, with hopes of supporting today's young musicians in their dreams for tomorrow.

      The South Regional finalists were Asher Bende (French Horn), Mirren Fallon (Violin), Ava Patri (Tuba), and Enrique Wilcox (Vibes). Congratulations to all of them! We also want to congratulate Ethan Fairclough (Double Bass) and Caden Jiang (Violin) for advancing to the final round.

      If you want to learn more about the Youth Instrumental Music Competition and how it supports young musicians, visit the website.
       
      Youth Instrumental Music Competition 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      District Training Assembly Held Yesterday

      Rotary International District 5340 Governor Elect, Dianne Crawford, convened the 2024 Training Assembly today at Liberty Station Conference Center.  2024 District Governor Don Fipps led the opening session then passed the baton to Dianne for a day of informative training sessions.
       
       
       
      District Training Assembly Held Yesterday 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotarian Earns High Honor

      We are proud to report that Rotarian, Rotary Peace Fellow, Fulbrighter, RISE Sand Diego Fellow, Bogdan Bogey Matuozynski recently received the U.S. Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is a celebration of unity, compassion, and a shared vision for a better world. It embodies the strength of a community committed to kindness, diversity, and service to others. 

      Bogdan's experiences as a Rotary Peace Fellow, international educator, a student at the U.S. Naval War College, a Fulbright Awardee, and a federal law enforcement agent among other roles solidified his belief in kindness as the universal language of empathy. He expressed these experiences have taught him that true strength lies in vulnerability and that authentic connections are born from shared humanity. Community service, for him is a vital avenue for resolving conflicts and fostering positive peace. It's about actively engaging in our roles, formal or informal, whether in our jobs or as global citizens, to promote peace. 

      Rotarian Earns High Honor 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      $6,326 Grant Presented to Elder Law & Advocacy

      On Tuesday, March 5th, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $6,326 grant to Elder Law & Advocacy.  Since 1978, the non-profit has helped underserved seniors navigate the complex legal system and get equitable legal treatment.  The funds will be used to purchase an "owl" virtual meeting camera to facilitate virtual meetings.
       
      Photo: (L-R): Bob Chalfa and Donna Maytum of the Art Pratt Foundation, Lee Kaminetz president of the Art Pratt Foundation, Tom Sandler of the Art Pratt Foundation, Stan Vogelsang president of Old Mission Rotary and Jamie Levine who is the Executive Director and Supervising Attorney of Elder Law and Advocacy.
      $6,326 Grant Presented to Elder Law & Advocacy 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Dianne Crawford Named as a Black Leader of Influence

      District 5340 is honored to announce that District Governor Elect Dianne Crawford was selected as one of the 2024 Black Influential Leaders in San Diego! This recognition comes as she gets ready to step into her new role as District Governor for Rotary District 5340. Dianne says "It is truly humbling to be among the 50 exceptional leaders chosen for this honor."

      Dianne shared that as she embarks on his new chapter of her Rotary journey, she is reminded of the importance of serving our community and embodying the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self." She believes that by working together and serving others, we can create positive change and make a lasting impact on the world around us.

      She is very excited about her new role and the opportunity to lead thousands of passionate Rotarians throughout San Diego and Imperial County in serving their communities and the world. She see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
       
      Dianne Crawford Named as a Black Leader of Influence 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Argh.  Today, we all lost an hour of sleep as most of the country transitioned to Daylight Savings Time.  
       
      Several attempts have been made in California to end the practice of changing clocks twice a year. In 2018, California voters passed Proposition 7, which allowed the state legislature to establish permanent Daylight Savings Time (DST) if federal law, Uniform Time Act, is amended to permit such action. However, any change to Daylight Saving Time in California requires approval from the federal government due to existing federal law.
       
      Efforts to enact permanent DST at the federal level have faced challenges and have not yet been successful. There are various reasons for this, including concerns about the potential impact on interstate commerce, transportation schedules, and other logistical issues. Additionally, there is ongoing debate and disagreement about the benefits and drawbacks of DST, making it difficult to achieve consensus on a nationwide policy.
       
      As we adjust to the “spring forward” time change, let's use the daylight we have to Create Hope in the World.
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

       3rd Annual Spirit of the Community Recognition Gala Held.   

      On Saturday February 17th, Rotary of Escondido After Five held its third annual Spirit of the Community recognition gala fundraiser at California Center for the Arts Escondido. The Polynesian Themed Gala included a silent and live auction item, dinner, entertainment, and a special presentation of the Club’s “Spirit of the Community Award”. This year’s recipients were Cynthia and George Weir.
       
      The Spirit of the Community Award recognizes individuals that exemplify service to the community of Escondido. “The Weirs have been long time philanthropists in Escondido, supporting many community organizations and special projects. They were well deserving of this special recognition”. Stated Doug Clark, After Five’s Community Service Director. The award was presented by former Spirit of the Community recipients Al Owens and Rich Aeling.
       
      The nearly 150 guests, were treated to a Polynesian themed dinner, and entertained by Ho’okupu O Hawaii dance group. The silent and live auctions raised funds for the Rotary After 5 Foundation, which focuses on education, high school leadership training, underserved youth, youth sports, food insecurity, seniors, veterans, and other community need.
       
      3rd Annual Spirit of the Community Recognition Gala Held. 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Camp Enterprise

      Rotary Camp Enterprise, sponsored by Rotary International's San Diego Rotary Club, is an all-expenses paid, three-day workshop that provides a unique opportunity to learn from some of San Diego’s top business leaders in a fun and educational environment. Since 1976, Rotary Camp Enterprise has offered a select group of outstanding eleventh-grade students a series of panels, presentations, and group discussions that present a broad view and an exploration of the free enterprise system. 

      During the workshop, Rotarians assist the students with planning and preparation, but do not advise the students on the details of their chosen product and business plan. This approach allows students to learn team building, collaboration, and the give and take process of business by doing rather than being instructed on creating the best plan. Each team presents their final plan to a team of judges, and every student is required to present a part of the plan before the panel and audience. 

      Camp nominees from various schools are recommended by school counselors and are selected by the camp’s committee. Typically between 80-90 students primarily from San Diego’s public schools attend Camp Enterprise. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop essential business skills and network with like-minded peers. 
       
      Rotary Camp Enterprise 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      $20,000 in Scholarships Awarded to 11 Students

      This past week the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 11 students from Rancho Bernardo High School, Del Norte High School, and Mt Carmel High School.  There was a great turnout of students, friends and family.  Rotarians said they are always proud to award these scholarships and every single year leave optimistic for our future.
       
      $20,000 in Scholarships Awarded to 11 Students 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
      Rotary Serves Up Hot Dogs and Hamburgers 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

      The Rotary Club to La Jolla to Hold Benefit Concert 

       
      The Rotary Club of La Jolla is holding a benefit concert on June 12, 2024, featuring Alison Brown at the Conrad Performing Arts Center.  Alison Brown was raised in San Diego and just happens to be the daughter of the Club's current Rotary President, Barbara Brown.  She has been awarded both a Grammy (nominated four times!) and an Emmy.  She frequently collaborates with Steve Martin and is a member of the Banjo Hall of Fame.  Although she always wanted to play the banjo, she started her career as an investment banker.  She is hugely popular and has played to sold out concerts throughout the U.S, Europe and Japan.
       
      One Night only!
       Wednesday, June 12th, 7:00 PM.
      The Conrad Performing Arts Center
      Tickets are now available online or at the box office. 
       
      Ticket prices:
                     $250.00 (includes reception and Q&A with the artist)
      Only the first 100 tickets purchased at this level will be able to attend the reception due to fire regulations. 
       
      $175 and $100
       
      10% discount for active-duty military and students
      The Rotary Club to La Jolla to Hold Benefit Concert 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Competitive DDF Global Grant Proposal Letter of Intent

       
      Rotary District 5340 will support 3 competitively selected Global Grant projects in the Rotary year 2024-2025 with $20,000 of District Designated Funds (DDF). No cash contribution will be required.
       
      Rules:
      1.  A Rotary club in District 5340 must be either the international or host sponsor club for the project.
      2. The sponsor club from D5340 must meet DDF eligibility requirements per the D5340 2024-2025 Grant Policies.
      3. The timeline and deadlines specified below will be strictly adhered to. Failure to follow the timeline will result in disqualification.
      Competitive DDF Global Grant Proposal Letter of Intent 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Uniting to Combat Hunger

       
      To recognize our Veterans, District 5430 has organized a food drive during our District Assembly Day on March 9, 2024.  We are asking our participants to bring in non-perishable food items to the event. No glass items please.  Click "Read More" for additional information and instructions.  
       
      Uniting to Combat Hunger 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

      the Rotary Club of La Mesa Foundation presented a $7,000 grant to the Camp Julian Oaks Camp

       
      On Wednesday, February 14th, the Rotary Club of La Mesa Foundation presented a $7,000 grant to the Camp Julian Oaks Camp. The check will be used for assisting the operations of the camp. Camp Julian Oaks serves as an outreach for children and teens who have been abused and neglected.  These children have been removed from their homes and are desperately in need of love and hope. They are invited to camp for a week each summer, a weekend in the winter, and attend other gatherings throughout the year.

      Rotary Club of La Mesa President Becki Schwartz and Rotary Club of La Mesa Foundation Chair presented the check to Tina Massa. Tina and her husband Nick founded the camp in 2009.
       
      the Rotary Club of La Mesa Foundation presented a $7,000 grant to the Camp Julian Oaks Camp 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Scholarship Established for Welding Program

       
      The Rotary Club of Carlsbad established multiple welding school scholarships at Palomar College in honor of their long-time member, Pete Rogers. Thanks to the Palomar College Foundation Board for their help, the Pete Rogers Welding School Scholarship is an endowment that will exist in perpetuity. The scholarships created for this full-scale welding program offer countless opportunities for students.
      Scholarship Established for Welding Program 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Old Mission Rotary Grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Diego

       
      On Tuesday, February, 27th, the Old Mission Rotary Foundation presented a $4000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Diego. The funds will be used for scholarships for children to participate in Boys and Girls Clubs programs. Old Mission Rotary President Stan Vogelsang (L) presented the check to Michelle Malin who is a Senior Vice President at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and an Old Mission Rotary Club member.
      Old Mission Rotary Grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Diego 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Celebrate St Patrick's Day by Planting Green!

       
      On Sunday, March 17 the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club (SBECO) will be replanting a favorite entry garden at the San Dieguito County Park. SBECO has spent a decade improving the park each month. This entry garden was due for a major update. The bed was prepared in January with improved soft soil. The drought tolerant flowering shrubs we will be planting will bloom most of the year and provide food and nectar for a variety of birds and insects and a feast for human eyes for years to come. We will have about 150 1-gallon plants to put in the ground, then top off the area with mulch. Come help us beautify the park! Please email me to let me know if you can come: jenny@jparkermd.net
       
      St Patrick's Day, Sunday, March 17 from 9am-12pm. 
      San Dieguito County Park at 1628, Lomas Santa Fe Dr, Del Mar, CA 92104. Park inside - it's free for volunteers. 
      Wear Green, of course and your Rotary T-shirts/ hats, sunscreen and sturdy closed shoes/boots. 
      Bring a reusable water bottle and gloves if you have them. 
      Celebrate St Patrick's Day by Planting Green! 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
      March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month 2024-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

      Participate in Peace Corps' Virtual Service

       
      Make a lasting impact in communities around the world without leaving home.

      Rotary and Rotaract members are eligible to serve in the Peace Corps’ Virtual Service Pilot. Participants donate 5-15 hours per week for 3 to 6 months to support organizations abroad with their community-level projects related to education, health, agriculture, youth development, and entrepreneurship. Apply your professional skills, language skills, and interest in both global friendships and cultural exchange to build capacity and sustainability through a short-term, virtual engagement.

      Learn more about Virtual Service opportunities and apply - https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/virtual-service-pilot/.
      Participate in Peace Corps' Virtual Service 2024-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Month
       
      Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) form the bedrock of public health initiatives worldwide. While often overlooked, these fundamental elements play a pivotal role in preventing the spread of diseases, promoting overall well-being, and fostering socio-economic development.
       
      Water: Access to clean water is a basic human right, yet millions still lack this necessity. World Water Day is March 22. https://www.un.org/en/observances/water-day.
       
      Sanitation: Proper sanitation facilities are indispensable for human dignity and health.
       
      Hygiene: Personal hygiene practices, including handwashing with soap, proper food handling, and menstrual hygiene management, are fundamental in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
       
      Water, sanitation, and hygiene are indispensable pillars of public health, underpinning efforts to combat diseases, alleviate poverty, and promote sustainable development.
       
      You want to help and get involved?  Join the WASH Rotary Action Group and help - https://www.wash-rag.org/.  The Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide (BREW) Fellowship donates proceeds from their fundraising to WASH-RAG -  https://www.rotarybrew.org/index.php.  Drink beer while Creating Hope in the World.
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2024-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

      Trivia Registration Deadline Approaching

       
      Thank you to those teams who have already registered for Trivia Night 2024.   All teams registered and paid by February 9 will receive two free mulligans! Registration closes on March 1. Please visit www.cvsrtrivianight.org for registration details and more information!  Can your team unseat last year's winners from the San Marcos Rotary Club? Get your winning team together now.  
       
      If you aren’t sure of players at this point, you can register by putting “TBD” in the name spaces.  Visit www.cvsrtrivianight.org to register!  Please continue to share the flier with friends and colleagues to give yourself some new competition.  For those of you already registered, you will hear back from us the week of the event with last minute suggestions and reminders. Thank you for supporting the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Community Benefit Fund.
      Trivia Registration Deadline Approaching 2024-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

      Local Non-Profits Receive Grants from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club

      Each year, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club provides grants to deserving organizations. Taking advantage of District Matching Grants, the grants were doubled  allowing the club to do even more good. Many of the club members volunteer with these organizations and are featured in the photos below.  This year, the club issued grants to the Santee Food Bank, Meals on Wheels San Diego County, Paws for Purple Hearts San Diego, Innovation Charter High School, Reading Legacies, East County Transitional Living Center and a malaria net project.
       
      Local Non-Profits Receive Grants from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club 2024-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

      10th Annual Mariachi Festival

       
      Route 78 Rotary club is proud to announce that Mariachi Los Camperos will be the featured performers at our 10th Annual Mariachi Festival on Sunday, April 7 at the Center for the Arts, Escondido.  The pre-concert VIP "Tacos and Tequila" event includes a taco lunch, tequila tasting, Silent Auction and a live Tequila Auction. Those tickets ($100) sell out quickly.  There are also general admission tickets for the concert only ($25 to $50) The QR code on the flyer will take you directly to the CCAE website to buy tickets or you can click here - type mariachi in search bar.  
       
      10th Annual Mariachi Festival 2024-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
      New Mailing Address for the District 2024-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

      A Night of Laughter

       
      Join the Rotary Club of Point Loma for a night of laughter and fellowship.  The Club is hosting its 21st Annual Comedy Night on Friday, March 15 featuring Stephanie Blum, Jim McDonald and Dewey Bratcher and with Host Tony Calabrese.  You can purchase tickets online at pointlomarotary.org, or through any Rotarian or at the door.  Proceeds fund local and international projects.  If you have any questions, please contact Diana at dianalm13@hotmail.com or by phone at 619 733-0600.
      A Night of Laughter 2024-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

      $4,000 Awarded to Mission Valley YMCA

       
      On Tuesday, February 20th, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $4000 grant to the Mission Valley YMCA.  The funds will be used for scholarships for individuals and families to participate in YMCA programs. Old Mission Rotary President Stan Vogelsang (L) presented the check to Mission Valley YMCA Director and Old Mission Rotary Club member Ron Sauvajot.
      $4,000 Awarded to Mission Valley YMCA 2024-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

      Message From District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Celebrating 119 Years of Rotary: A Global Legacy of Service
       
      This February marks the 119th anniversary of Rotary International, a testament to its enduring commitment to service and fellowship. Founded February 23, 1905, Rotary has grown into a global force for good, with over 46,000 clubs, both Rotary and Rotaract, spanning 200 countries. From eradicating polio to promoting peace, Rotary's impact knows no bounds.
       
      One of Rotary's most celebrated traditions is the "Sun Never Sets on Rotary," an online relay event commemorating the 119 years of Rotary.  Rotarians from several countries are participating by showcasing their projects, symbolizing its global reach and the continuous work undertaken by Rotarians around the clock. 
       
      The last Zoom event featuring Scotland ended yesterday morning at 6 am.  The event was a 50-minute review of the activities and projects in District 1320 - South Scotland, home club of the late Gordon McInally's (Past RI president).  If you search YouTube, you should find this event along with several others from across the globe.
       
      An interesting nugget that I came away with was that the wife of Paul Harris, Jane Harris, was born in Edinburgh Scotland and is buried there.
       
      As we celebrate this milestone, let's reaffirm our dedication to service and continue shining the light of hope worldwide. Let us Create Hope in the World. 
       
      Happy Birthday Rotary! 
       
      Message From District Governor Don Fipps 2024-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

      Easier Access to Polio Vaccine


       
      Countries will soon have easier access to the novel oral polio vaccine type 2, also known as nOPV2, a crucial new tool for stopping outbreaks caused by variant poliovirus. The World Health Organization made this possible by issuing a key approval for nOPV2 in December. This is the first approval of its kind for a vaccine being used under the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing.
       
      With nearly 1 billion doses administered already, this next-generation vaccine will continue to play an important role in tackling type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, also known as type 2 variant poliovirus, and in protecting millions of children against illness and paralysis.
      Easier Access to Polio Vaccine 2024-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

      Continued Support for "Your Safe Place" Project

       
      The Anti-Trafficking Committee has received enormous support for their efforts.  This time it was the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps who donated lots of hygiene products for the "Your Safe Place" project.
       
      Continued Support for "Your Safe Place" Project 2024-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

      AYC & TETT Volleyball Tournament for Polio Awareness

       

       
      Recently Steve Brown, former Trustee for Rotary International, received news from Abdul Qayoum Almas, Jalalabad Rotary President 2018-2019 and In Country Program Director of the Afghan Youth Connect Project (AYC) and Teaching English through Technology (TETT) and a member of the Afghanistan National PolioPlus Committee, about a polio eradication awareness campaign undertaken in Afghanistan by his team.  Their team has been involved in this effort for many years.  Last year there were only six cases of polio caused by the wild virus in Afghanistan and this year there have not been any such cases.   
       
      The AYC and TETT team members collectively carried out a volleyball tournament for polio awareness campaign voluntarily. Furthermore, it is substantial to imply that this volleyball tournament was held between following schools’ students on a much larger scale, hence fortunately the watchers of different ages participated.
       
      1-      Nangarhar Boys High School
      2-      Chicknawary Boys High School
      3-      Abdul Wakil Boys High School
      4-      Shahid Mohammad Arif Boys High School
      5-      Nasrat II Boys High School
      6-      Mia Omer Boys High School
       
      This volleyball tournament was arranged in Jalalabad - Sirajul Amerat playground, and after the government collapse and since Taliban ruling, this was the biggest volleyball sport activity for the polio awareness after many years. It is also important to indicate that at the start of the tournament, the students also presented and showcased the gymnastics and kickboxing moves and tactics to the audience which was appreciated and enjoyed by all.
       
      These young sportsmen also received cash amounts as a present from the Director of Nangarhar Education Department. All schools’ administrators and students along with the education department members participated in this tournament.
       
      This is our joint mission to eradicate polio and we therefore take full responsibility on our shoulders to assist under any circumstances. This was a grand celebration that successfully within two days this volleyball tournament was finished as pre-planned, and hundreds of people are aware now and will share the message with their friends, families and loved ones in the neighborhood about polio eradication, its prevention and significance of vaccination for their children. The sport tools which have polio messages and logos will be used in the future in different areas.  There was also a PowerPoint Presentation created highlighting the volleyball tournament and the polio awareness campaign, Click here to download the PowerPoint photo presentation.  
       
      A report out of this effort emphasizes the need for Rotarians to remain vigilant in keeping up the momentum of giving to the polio eradication campaign. 
      AYC & TETT Volleyball Tournament for Polio Awareness  2024-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

      Join Us for a 60-minute Conversation About Empowering Women

       
      On March 8, 2024, Rotary International is hosting a 60-minute panel discussion as a way to celebrate and recognize International Women’s Day, and we would love for you to join us!  
       
      The discussion will focus on the importance of not only including but being a champion of women in leadership — in the workplace and beyond. We will discuss the importance of identifying leaders early, establishing mentorship and sponsorship programs, supporting women in joining women-led professional organizations, and focusing on allyship. We’ll also announce and celebrate the recipient of the 2023-24 Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award.  

      This event is open to Rotary members and members of the public of all genders. Feel free to share with your networks.  Click Read More for registration information. 
      Join Us for a 60-minute Conversation About Empowering Women 2024-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Earlier this month presidents-elect went to Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS).  This was an opportunity for presidents-elect (and other future presidents) of all Clubs in our District to get together and share ideas and concerns to help prepare them for a successful Rotary year.  Training is essential as it gives Club leaders the tools do accomplish their goals and achieve success during their year of leadership and for them to connect with their counterparts fostering a collaboration of ideas that can be generated year long.    
       
      The District's Training Assembly (DTA) coming up March 9th at the Liberty Station Conference Center is another opportunity to connect and share ideas and methods for not only presidents-elect but for all Club officers.  It is also an ideal opportunity for Rotarians who are red badgers to learn more about Rotary.  This seminar is open to all and this year it is FREE!  Come learn about Rotary programs, tips on program and project management and best practices from other Rotarians.  DTA is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with other Rotarians.  Let us inspire you to Create Hope in the World.  
       
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2024-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

      Showing The Beach Some Love

       
      After numerous winter storms created by atmospheric rivers and El Niño events, Rotarians and Rotaract members from across District 5340 joined forces in the Cupid’s Clean Up at Mission Bay.  Lead by Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Founder Brett Morey and his wife Karla, both Rotarians in the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, more than 30 volunteers showed up to clean up the sand, the park, boardwalk and parking lots.  Over a dozen UCSD Rotaractors participated along with members of Pacific Beach Rotaract & Rotarians from around the District representing Carlsbad Hi-Noon, La Jolla Golden Triangle, La Mesa Sunrise and San Diego Coastal.  Many members wore NFL jerseys since it was Super Bowl weekend as well as Surfers Unite hats, shirts and sweatshirts which drew attention to those walking along the shore.  The event not only removed debris but created new friendships and interest from non-Rotarians to join in on future volunteer opportunities.
       
      For those interested in participating in upcoming volunteer opportunities such as the teaching inner city kids how to surf with City2Surf and Hope Leadership Academy, volunteering as a family at the Switchfoot Bro-AM in Encinitas, assisting at-risk youth through the 100 Wave Challenge and Boys to Men Mentoring or assisting disabled children and adults with Life Rolls On at La Jolla Shores simply text “SURF” to 858-602-2532 or register at: www.surfersunite.org.
       
      Get more out of your experience as a Rotarian by joining this Rotary Fellowship with members in 32 countries too.
      Showing The Beach Some Love 2024-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake Tackle Big Project

      Members of the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake, wearing white protective suits, masks, and wielding sledgehammers, embarked on a significant service project within a multifamily housing complex in Southcrest. The community is closely connected with Balboa Elementary and Chavez Elementary schools. Positioned with St. Jude’s on a nearby hill as a backdrop, the volunteers tackled the work head-on with youth volunteers from the Urban League. The extensive damage encountered was a sobering reminder of the need for community involvement and support. The spirit of solidarity among the volunteers and local groups was inspiring. Together, they participated in demolition and debris removal, part of ongoing cleanup efforts. While the city facilitated the effort by providing dumpsters, it was the united effort of volunteers from the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake and other organizations that truly made a substantial impact. Special thank you their coordinator and Rotarian Koko Fajardo.

      The Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake has tackled a series of hands-on projects that showcases our capacity to mobilize for the greater good. "Rotary in Action" exemplifies more than just a motto; it's a testament to the remarkable outcomes achievable when communities come together in a united effort for positive change. 
       
      Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake Tackle Big Project 2024-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

      Old Mission Rotary Club Hosts 4-Way Test Speech Contest

      Photo caption: (L-R) Reality Changer Achievement Coach Lizeth Araiza, Contestants Muquadas Delawarzai and Diego Maya, Old Mission Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest Chair Eric Benink, Contestant Andrea Dona, Reality Changer Achievement Coach Michael Alvarez Franco, Contestant Aimee Guiterrez and Reality Changer Achievement Coach Melanie Lopez.
       
      Old Mission Rotary hosted a Four Way Test Speech Contest on Tuesday, February 13th.  Four high school students from the Reality Changers Program participated. Reality Changers prepares youth to become first generational college graduates and agents of change in their communities. The four contestants were all very impressive and the Rotarian judges selected Aimee Guiterrez to continue on to round two of the District 5340 competition.
      Old Mission Rotary Club Hosts 4-Way Test Speech Contest 2024-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

      Personal Hygiene Supply Campaign a Success

      Rotary District 5340 Members continue to answer the call to help human trafficking and domestic violence survivors. Thanks so much for the additional donations of needed personal hygiene supplies by La Jolla Rotary, Fallbrook Village Rotary Club, Scripps Ranch-Poway Rotary, and the Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary Club. The District estimates that Rotarians contributed nearly $10,000 in much needed items. You all continue to show those in need that they matter!
       
      Personal Hygiene Supply Campaign a Success 2024-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

      Encinitas Rotary Creates Magic!  

       
      On March 16, 2024, the Encinitas Rotary Club's Charity Benefit Magic Show featuring five professional magicians from the famed Magic Castle will be held at the Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center.  These magicians have performed on Penn & Teller, Masters of Illusion, late night TV and Disney Cruises. The night will be full of magic and humor for the whole family!  One of the magicians is a Rotarian who has been the showrunner for 38 years. Last year, the first for Encinitas Rotary Club and North County, was a blast!   This year is on the way to being a sellout. Tickets make great presents.  Show length is 2.5 hours long (including intermission), so may not be suitable for some young children.  Tickets can be purchased here.  
      Encinitas Rotary Creates Magic! 2024-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

      Beach Cleanup a Success

       
      Surfers United expressed a special thank you to all their volunteers for the cleanup efforts on our shores yesterday.  The had over 18 college students from Rotaract at UCSD, Rotarians & Rotaractors from five different clubs including San Diego Coastal Rotary Club, La Mesa Sunrise Rotary, Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club and Pacific Beach Rotaract.  This is what makes Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship so special, bringing together generations of community leaders to make a positive difference in the world.
       
      Sign up for other upcoming events at: www.surfersunite.org/events.
      Beach Cleanup a Success 2024-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

      Community Resource Center in Encinitas Receives Donated Items

      The Rotary Club of Carlsbad was happy to participate in collecting food items for the community.  Rotary Areas 3 (Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos) and 4 (Encinitas, Encinitas Coastal Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Del Mar/Solana, Beach, Solana Beach Eco and San Diego Evening) presented collected items to the Community Resource Center in Encinitas. This is definitely Rotary in Action!
       
      Community Resource Center in Encinitas Receives Donated Items 2024-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

      Old Mission Rotary is Looking for Talent

       
      Old Mission Rotary is looking for talent to compete for prize money at our Saturday, May 18th So You Think You've Got Talent San Diego!
       
      Please pass along our invitation to anyone you know who has a talent.  Acts can include musical performance, singing, dancing, comedy, magic, gymnastics and much more. 
       
      For more information, please contact Don Krupp at gottalent@oldmissionrotary.org or call 360 561-7983.
       
      Old Mission Rotary is Looking for Talent 2024-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

      Carlsbad Rotary Club Assists Thousand Smiles

      Our Smiles International Foundation partnered with Children's Lifeline International and the Rotary Clubs of Los Cabos, MX and Carlsbad, who together had another marvelous and successful week of providing longitudinal care for the disadvantaged children of Baja, Mexico suffering with their facial differences resulting from congenital Cleft Lip and Palate formation. Using specialized and safe pediatric anesthesia, 17 more of the 355 children treated at this clinic received a large number of reconstructive procedures over the week's comprehensive management. 59 total surgical procedures were performed taking advantage of the opportunity to provide more than one procedure at a time under this skilled specialty Anesthesia. Click on the picture and enjoy a video prepared by SIF vice president, Sra. Maribel V. Moses that shows the team in action with these children.
       
      Carlsbad Rotary Club Assists Thousand Smiles 2024-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

      District Hosting the 59th International Golfing Championship

       
      The 59th International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians World Championship is coming to San Diego on September 22, 2024 and you're invited!   The International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians is a Fellowship within Rotary International. Their purpose is to promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through fellowship amongst golfing Rotarians.
       
      This year the event is hosted by District 5340.  The venue for this event, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel, is located on the 18th hole of the beautiful Torrey Pines Golf Course with majestic views of the Pacific Ocean. The course hosts the annual Farmers Insurance Open and the 2008 & 2021 US Open.
       
      Interact with attendees at the IGFR House of Friendship throughout the event and enjoy the hospitality provided by the Rotarians from District 5340, San Diego & Imperial Valley. Join us for what is sure to be an incredible & memorable event.  For more information, click here.
       
      District Hosting the 59th International Golfing Championship 2024-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Message From District Governor Don Fipps

       
      February is Peace Building and Conflict Resolution month.
       
      Peace building is not merely the absence of violence but the active cultivation of conditions that promote cooperation, harmony, and justice. It involves addressing the root causes of conflicts, whether they stem from political, social, economic, or cultural disparities. By fostering inclusive dialogue, promoting empathy, and empowering marginalized voices, peace building initiatives aim to bridge divides and forge pathways towards mutual understanding and respect.
       
      Conflict resolution, on the other hand, is the process of managing and resolving disputes through peaceful means. It encompasses a spectrum of approaches, ranging from negotiation and mediation to arbitration and reconciliation. Central to conflict resolution is the recognition of the humanity and dignity of all parties involved, as well as a commitment to finding win-win solutions that honor the interests and rights of each stakeholder.
       
      Peace building and conflict resolution are not abstract ideals but practical endeavors that require collective action and unwavering commitment. By embracing the principles of dialogue, reconciliation, prevention, collaboration, and long-term engagement, societies can overcome divisions, build resilience, and create a world where peace and justice prevail. This is how we Create Hope in the World.
       
      Message From District Governor Don Fipps 2024-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      I am excited to share that this weekend presidents-elect from District 5340 as well as all Districts in the Southeast region will be participating in the 46th year of Southwest PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar).  PETS started in 1978 with six Rotary Districts. Today we have grown to nine Rotary Districts and are adding two additional Districts next year. Leadership has planned a full weekend of fellowship, education and inspirational speakers for attendees. Attendees will have an opportunity to  visit all the District Hospitality rooms throughout the weekend and will have the opportunity to meet with  fellow presidents-elect from District 5000 (Hawaii), District 5240 (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Kern Counties), District 5280 (Los Angeles Area), District 5300 (Pasadena, High Desert & Las Vegas Area), District 5340 (Orange Country), District 5330 (Inland Empire; Low Desert), District 5340 (San Diego), District 5495 (Central; Northern Arizona); District 5500 (Tucson; Southern Arizona) as well as your District leadership. 

      Our incoming District Governor, Dianne Crawford and her team have prepared classes that will provide the president’s-elect with information they need to lead their clubs. They will experience courses ranging from Welcome to the Digital Age, Budget, Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Membership, Fundraising, Partnerships and so much more.  To continue, click "Read More".
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2024-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

      February is Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention Month. 

       
      Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children. Rotary’s goal is to create environments where peace can be built and maintained through sustainable and measurable activities in communities worldwide. Peacebuilding remains a cornerstone of our mission as a humanitarian service organization.  Click "Read More" to learn more about Rotary's Peacebuilding efforts.  
      February is Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention Month. 2024-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Beach Cleanup

      Recently, the Pacific Beach Rotaract Club spent part of their weekend cleaning up Pacific Beach.  Here's a glimpse of their effort.  
       
      Beach Cleanup 2024-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Hope Through Housing

      Photo: Photo: (L-R) Art Pratt Board member Steve Nuñez, Old Mission Rotary Club president Stan Vogelsang, Stephanie De La Torre of Hope Through Housing, Art Pratt Board members Aryanna Edwards and Shari Stauder.
       
      The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary is happy to support another great organization: Hope Through Housing. A $10,000 Art Pratt Grant will be used to fund laptops for the technology center for low-income tenants at Encanto Village apartments.
       
      Hope Through Housing is a program that provides low-income youth and adults and veterans with a home and a community of support to get their lives back on track. 
       
      So many marginalized and underserved community members slip through the cracks of Federal and State protections meant to provide support. It's through programs like Hope Through Housing that San Diego is able to be a nationwide leader in welcoming and caring for all people.
       
      Special thank you to Stephanie De La Torre who is the Lead Services Coordinator for Hope Through Housing in San Diego County. Members of Old Mission Rotary met at the Encanto Village Hope Through Housing community apartment building on Tuesday, January 30th.
      Hope Through Housing 2024-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotarians Harvest Pack Bulk Foodstuffs for the North County Food Bank.  

      Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, working with the food insecurity element so prevalent in today’s society, spent one extended club meeting packing Harvest Pack bulk foodstuffs for the North County Food Bank.  
       
      Over 50 Rotarians, family members and guests proceeded to measure, weigh, vacuum seal and box meals for 20,000 children during the 2.5-hour project.  It was an exercise in mass quantities of oatmeal, cinnamon and sugar to help children kick-start their day with a healthy breakfast.  Food Bank employees were on hand to accept and deliver the boxes of prepared food to the North County Food Bank for distribution.  
       
       
      Rotarians Harvest Pack Bulk Foodstuffs for the North County Food Bank. 2024-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Personal Hygiene Drive Still Underway

      Rotarians are answering the call to provide personal hygiene products as part of an outreach effort associated with the District's Anti-Human Trafficking effort.  This is just a small sampling of all the personal hygiene items donated by Rotary District 5340 member clubs that will help domestic violence and human trafficking survivors know that they matter and are supported. Thank you all and keep them coming! Please refer back to the News section of this edition of Newsbits. All items will go to onesafeplacenorth.org/ and https://www.sandiego.gov/yoursafeplace.
       
       
      Personal Hygiene Drive Still Underway 2024-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

      2024 District Training Assembly

      FREE EVENT
      Coffee Hour 7:30-8:30 am
       
      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.
       
      Come learn about Rotary programs, tips on program and project management and best practices from other Rotarians.  DTA is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with other Rotarians.  Register by clicking the link below.  Classes fill up quickly, so don’t miss out, register today!
       
      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 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.—two members of every club planning to apply for a Global Grant are required to attend this Seminar.
      2024 District Training Assembly 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

      RYLA 2024

       
       
      RYLA weekend will take place April 12-14, 2024, at the Idyllwild Pines Camp. This exciting program provides high school juniors from throughout District 5340 with a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to connect with other young leaders during an all-expenses-paid weekend. "Rylarians" will be inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These students then return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve, through Rotary and beyond.  Click "Read More" for additional information related to registration, key dates, etc.  You will also find a link to the new RYLA video that was just released.  
      RYLA 2024 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Cruise Planned for October 2024

      Posted on Jan 28, 2024
       
      Barry Rassin, 2018-19 Rotary International President and his wife, Esther are our special guests on this cruise. Enjoy a beautiful and fun-filled France river cruise vacation with Rotarians, while improving lives! This 2024 cruise is an opportunity to combine a wonderful time with Rotarians and raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. Click here to download cruise information.
       
      Contact 5340cruise@gmail.com to sign up for this adventure.
       
      Rotary Cruise Planned for October 2024 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

      Rainwater Harvesting System Invented by High Schooler

       
      Ron Feuchs, is a project coach working with a high school student in New York, Madeline Abrams. Ron relays that Madeline has created a unique way to use discarded water bottles to create an irrigation system for growing vegetables.   By using empty water bottles, cutting them in half lengthwise, duct taping them with waterproof tape, Madeline has created a gutter system to capture the rainfall that comes off of a roof. She then uses water bottles to create a downspout to direct the water to a holding tank similar to a rain barrel.    Madeline recently presented on Zoom to Rotary Clubs in Zone 22 in Africa with 25 members in attendance. Madeline will be presenting her water harvesting innovation again on Zoom on February 17. Ron is inviting Rotarians in District 5340 to view her presentation on Saturday, Feb 17, 2024, at10:00 AM Pacific Time.
       
       
      Click "Read More" for additional information on the project.  
       
      Rainwater Harvesting System Invented by High Schooler 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

      Promoting Rotary on Social Media

       
      Want to learn how to leverage social media to promote Rotary and your club?  Check out the Learning Center in My Rotary.  Simply log in and look for the public image box and then click Promoting Rotary on social media.  
       
      Promoting Rotary on Social Media 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

      The Rotarian Minute on Facebook

       
      Join the Facebook Rotarian Minute Group. You will find quotes from Rotary Leaders, history and news you can use in your club meeting and to educate your members about Rotary.  To join, click on the photo above.  
      The Rotarian Minute on Facebook 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      This past week Rotary International District 5340 said farewell to our Immediate Past District Governor Chuck Pretto.  Many District Rotarians and Rotaractors attended his funeral and his last Rotary club meeting of the San Diego Rotary Club, a celebration of life.  The best way to honor Chuck is to support what he loved, The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund.  Donations to the Annual Fund come back to District 5340 to fund our numerous District and Global Grants.  These grants support Rotary’s worldwide effort to reduce human suffering and to make our communities vibrant and a better place to live.  Here is the link to make your contribution to the Rotary Foundation. It is easy to donate in honor or memory of PDG Chuck Pretto. 
       
      Let us Create Hope in the World.  
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
      Making Our Clubs Simply Irresistible 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotarians Joined in on Clean Up Project

       
      The Mission Valley Evening Rotary Club's January Service project with the San Diego River Park Foundation was very productive!  their volunteers chopped away plants encroaching on the sidewalk on Qualcomm Way, cut branches back on trees hanging over sidewalks, picked trash and pulled weeds to improve the area.
      Rotarians Joined in on Clean Up Project 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

      San Diego Flood Victims Need Our Help

      Picture Source: USA Today
       
      The Rotary Club of Southeast San Diego is collecting gift cards for families affected by the recent floods in the Southeast San Diego area.  The critical need is for housing, which is scarce.  Without housing, meals are limited to whatever is quick.  Gift cards for fast food meals are needed to fill in the gap.  Cards for burgers, sandwiches, breakfast, and hot meals are needed.  If you would like to donate to this effort, please contact the club at sesdrotary@yahoo.com.
       
      La Mesa Rotary Club members Mark and Nancy Matthews are volunteers with Disaster Aid USA, which is a Rotary Club Project managed and run by American Rotarians. They were incorporated in Washington D.C. on June 10, 2010. The Matthews are looking for Rotarians who would like to assist with clean up following the damage caused by the recent flooding.  They assessed the affected areas and see the need for additional manpower in cleaning out the houses and is asking for your help.  If you are interested, please contact either Nancy or Mark Matthews at 619 454-8694.
      San Diego Flood Victims Need Our Help 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0

      Hygiene Kits Assembled by Rotarians

       
      Once again Rotary Club of Carlsbad members gathered to assemble much needed hygiene kits for their community. Working together 900 hygiene kits were assembled and a total of 1500 kits distributed (thanks to individuals in their community who participated in a kit matching campaign) to local nonprofit organizations serving neighbors in need. 
      Hygiene Kits Assembled by Rotarians 2024-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
      2nd Annual Binational Softball Game with Club Rotario Tijuana Independencia 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

      Blue Hawaii Gala and Fundraiser

       
      The Rotary Club of Escondido After Five will hold their annual fundraising on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the Center for the Arts Escondido. The Polynesian themed gala will begin at 5pm and include silent and live auction items, dinner, entertainment, and a special presentation of the Club’s “Spirit of the Community Award”. Live auction items include a special experiential day with Escondido Police and Fire Departments, as well as airline tickets.  Click "Read More" for additional information.  
      Blue Hawaii Gala and Fundraiser 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

      Time to Tee Off

       
      Grab your golf buddies to play Coronado’s beautiful course and see if you can take home bragging rights and cash prizes. You can win a $10,000 Hole-in-One prize on the 9th hole or sink a putt from 50 feet to be entered in a drawing for $10,000. You can also win prizes for closest to the flag on par 3's.  

      While you’re having fun, you’re also supporting Rotary’s more than 60 community projects, including Camp Able, Coronado SAFE, Feed the Needy and Wounded Warriors.  Click "Read More" for details.  
       
      Time to Tee Off 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

      Join the Effort to Collect Basic Supplies for Victims of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence 

       
      Rotarians! Make a difference to folks in great need to know that they matter and care. Support this hygiene drive through your clubs to support human trafficking and domestic violence victims. We're looking to compile a list of personal essentials to give to individuals who are just beginning their healing journey. Details on the flyer. Contact David Oates at david@publicrelationssecurity.com to coordinate activities. Thanks for making a difference!
      Join the Effort to Collect Basic Supplies for Victims of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      On Monday, January 15, 2024, Rotary District 5340 lost an outstanding Rotarian, a dear friend and mentor, Past District Governor Chuck Pretto. We lost him after battling leukemia for 8 months.  Chuck had a tremendous impact on all Rotary members, Rotarians and Rotaractors during his many years in Rotary.  He and his family hosted Rotary Youth Exchange students that had a profound impact on the lives of Chuck and his family along with the students they housed.  My heart goes out to his wife Kimerly and his two children Anthony and Liza.   Rest in peace, dear Chuck.  You will be deeply missed, but your spirit will forever resonate in the hearts of those who were blessed to call you a friend, a family member, and a loved one.
       
      I know Chuck's passing impacted many of you and if you'd like to attend his Celebration of Life, his family has provided the information below.  
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

      Being a Rotarian - Incoming RI President Stephanie Urchick

       
      Incoming RI President Stephanie Urchick
       
      Every club is different. There’s not a cookbook that we can give to clubs and say, “Do this and you’re going to be fine.” Every club develops its own culture. Country to country, Rotary is done differently. You can have Rotary clubs in the same district that are very different. We need every club to take a moment, do an assessment, and look at the four priorities of the Action Plan. Then they must ask themselves, Is there something we can do a little differently, or are we already doing the best we can in this or that category? If you’re already irresistible, then stay that way. But we have to attract people to our existing clubs, and we have to start new clubs. That’s the way to grow Rotary and to have a future.

      It’s simply The Magic of Rotary. People can put any verb they want in front of it. Believe in the magic of Rotary. Spread the magic of Rotary. Build on the magic of Rotary. Celebrate the magic of Rotary. There are all kinds of words that we can use.
      Being a Rotarian - Incoming RI President Stephanie Urchick 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

      2024-25 Annual Theme Revealed

       
      Rotary International President-elect Stephanie Urchick announced the 2024-25 theme, The Magic of Rotary, at the International Assembly on January 8, 2024. The assembly is Rotary’s annual learning event for incoming governors and leaders. Urchick, a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA, called on members to use the magic of Rotary to recognize and amplify the organization’s power to save lives. She also called on them to make their Rotary clubs “simply irresistible.” Read more and see the theme speech.
      2024-25 Annual Theme Revealed 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

      Model UN Training Session

       
      District 5340 Model United Nations Training Session was held yesterday where the student delegates selected the country they will represent and then learn about two resolutions (Biodiversity and Terrorism) to be discussed during the 20th Annual Model UN Conference March 23-24.  The event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Del Mar.
      Model UN Training Session 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

      Car Seats for Military Families

       
      The Rotary Club of Carlsbad in early January provided car seats for active-duty Marines in need.  Using social media, the club utilized this effort to encourage community members to consider joining Rotary.
      Car Seats for Military Families 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

      Passing of PDG Chuck Pretto

       
      It's with great sorrow that District 5340 announce that after a very long 8-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and GVHD, Past District Governor Chuck Pretto passed away this morning.
       
      Chuck received his Bone Marrow Transplant on August 29th, but shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with graft versus host disease which caused a great deal of side effects to him, which is very common in most transplant recipients.   
       
      The Pretto family would like to thank Rotarians for sending love, cards, words of encouragement and the tender way in which they supported the family on a personal level during these past months.
       
      We will post an update when we have information from his family on services/celebration of life.
       
      Rest in Peace
       
       
      Passing of PDG Chuck Pretto 2024-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

      January is Vocational Services Month

       
      It all began almost one hundred sixteen years ago on February 23, 1905 in the windy city of Chicago. At that time the Chicago Rotary Club’s constitution had two objects. The first was the “promotion of the business interests of its members” and the second was the “concept of friendship.” 
       
      In 1910 at Rotary’s first Convention in Chicago, a quote of “As man comes into the light of wisdom, he comes to see that conduct toward others pays, that business is the science of human service and that he profits most who serves his fellows best,” became one of Rotary’s first mottos. Then two years later in 1911, at the conference in Oregon a second motto we all are familiar with -- “Service Above Self” was introduced. The idea of business as an object of Rotary was established in 1912 by the International Association of Rotary Clubs when it adopted a statement containing the 5 objects of Rotary. Both "mottos" were officially adopted in 1950.  Click "Read More" to continue article.
      January is Vocational Services Month 2023-12-31 08:00:00Z 0

      New Years Cheer - The Paul Harris Society

       
      Thinking of a way to start the New Year off with a meaningful gift that lasts long past the holiday season?  Here's the perfect gift that keeps on giving year-after-year - the Paul Harris Society.
       
      Joining the Paul Harris Society is one of the best gifts ever.  It's easy.  Just enroll in Rotary Direct to contribute monthly, quarterly or annually.  Your generous contribution to the Rotary Foundation allows us to fulfill the promises we make to improve our communities here and around the world.
       
      If you need assistance, you may email James Morrison and he can walk you through the process.  Let's lift a glass to Creating Hope in the World. 
      New Years Cheer - The Paul Harris Society 2023-12-31 08:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Leap Year: A Symbol of Hope
       
      In the rhythmic cycle of time, a leap year emerges every four years, carrying with it an extra day. Beyond its role in synchronizing calendars, this anomaly symbolizes hope and possibility.
       
      The bonus day challenges us to break free from routine, finding beauty in the unexpected. It encourages us to dream big and embrace the extraordinary in the midst of the ordinary.
       
      The universality of the leap year unites us globally. This shared experience transcends borders, fostering a sense of commonality among diverse cultures.
       
      As we mark this extra day, February 29, 2024, let it serve as a reminder to Create Hope in the World. May it inspire acts of kindness, compassion, and unity, weaving a tapestry of positivity as we navigate the uncertainties of the future. 
       
      Happy New Year.
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-12-30 08:00:00Z 0

      Start the New Year Off with the Gift of Life

       
      Give the Gift of Life and Create Hope in the World.  There is no better way to create hope that by donating blood.  This lifesaving donation means everything to someone in need.  Join Rotarians of the Poway Scripps Rotary Club in making a difference in someone's life on Thursday, January 18.  Make a reservation by calling the number above.   What a way to start the New Year off - being of service to others.  
      Start the New Year Off with the Gift of Life 2023-12-30 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotary's Float in the 2024 Tournament of Roses Parade - January 1, 2024

       
      Every year, the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee has a viewing audience of over 41 million households in the United States and 28 million households around the world in more than 243 countries/ territories. The Tournament estimates that more than 700,000 are present live on the parade route, over 22,000 view the floats as they are decorated; and almost 122,000 view the post-parade floats. That's what we call boosting Rotary's public image.   Tomorrow, make sure you turn on the TV or your streaming service, whichever communication mode you use to see this year's float in all its glory.
       
      Shown below, you will find our District Governor and other volunteers doing their part to ready the float for public viewing.
       
       
      Rotary's Float in the 2024 Tournament of Roses Parade - January 1, 2024 2023-12-30 08:00:00Z 0

      Membership Seminar Slated for January 20

       
      Membership Seminar
      Saturday, January 20, 2024
      9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
       VIA ZOOM
       
      Join Rotarians throughout the District for this informative seminar that will provide an opportunity to learn and engage in discussions about how to attract new members and enhance the club experience for existing members.  Participants will be provided with a list of available resources and will participate in break-out discussions with other Rotarians who will share their thoughts and practices on membership.
       
      This seminar is for Club Presidents, Membership Chairs, and all Rotarians who would like to know more about how to help their clubs grow and thrive.  
      Zoom information will be provided to registered participants three days before the event.
       
       
      Membership Seminar Slated for January 20 2023-12-30 08:00:00Z 0

      Escondido East Rotary Club Plays Santa

       
      The Escondido East Rotary Club was very busy this holiday season. The club first stocked stockings for the kids at Escondido Community Child Development Center, a nonprofit pre-school for single parents or a family on a low income. Then the following week they had their very own Santa, Walt Cichocki and club members meet the kids at the school and Santa and elf (our club President Shelby King) pass out the gifts to the kids. 

      Then the club adopted three families in need this Christmas. One family's daughter is in the hospital with leukemia; she is doing better; along with gifts she is being showered with prayers for her. The other two families were very surprised as Santa Walt delivered gifts to them at their home. The club also rang the bell for the Salvation Army's kettle in front of Major Market Grocery store, bringing in around $860 from passing by customers.
       
      Escondido East Rotary Club Plays Santa 2023-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
      Happy Holidays 2023-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

      Newsbits Schedule Change

       
      Surgery Schedule: 
      • The Newsbits editor is slated to have a full knee replacement on Tuesday, January 2.  Newsbits will be dark January 7 and 14 as she enters her recovery period.  It is anticipated the next edition will come out on January 22, 2024.
      Newsbits Schedule Change 2023-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

      Big West Peace Fellow

       
      Your Endowment /Major Gift Advisers, Marge Cole and Steve Lewis are excited to share some fabulous news with regards to the selection of the latest Peace Fellow nominated from our two paired zones.  After much effort this past year to fully fund ($500K+) our shared Zone 26 & 27 Named Endowment Fund #E10557 that was created under the leadership of PRIVP Jerry Hall back in 1987, we’re pleased to inform you that Isabel ‘Izzy’ Gutierrez was selected from District 5340 in Zone 26 as one of the 92 fellowships awarded in the 2023 calendar year selected from 42 countries.  Izzy is our first Peace Fellow that’s being funded by our paired zones fully funded Named Endowment Fund!
       
      As a Foreign Service Officer in the United States Department of State, Izzy worked in overseas posts promoting peace and strengthening diplomatic relationships between countries.
       
      Izzy is one of 17 Peace Fellows attending the International Christian University (ICU) in Japan.  ICU was founded in 1949 as a unique experiment in international education after the Second World War and is a recognized leader in international education and is known in Japan for its emphasis on academic excellence.
       
      As Izzy earlier noted “studying at the Rotary Peace Center in Japan will help strengthen my work as a diplomat by giving me a deeper understanding of international relations and how to most effectively make an impact.”
       
      Please review the three attachments specific to our Rotary Peace Centers and our Zone 26 and 27 Endowed Fund for Peace and Conflict Resolution as well as our newest Peace Fellow, Izzy Gutierrez. 
       
      We’re happy to inform you that our named endowed fund balance has just exceeded $530,000 and continues to grow!  To date, there are 17 Districts here in the Big West who have previously invested both cash and DDF into this fund since its inception and another 20 individual Rotarians who have generously made additional cash contributions to this Endowed Fund.  Currently, our fund will allow us to fund one new Fellow every four years.  Once our named fund hits $750,000 in total contributions, we’ll be able to fully fund a new Fellow every three years.
       
      To learn more about Peace Centers and Izzy, click here to download the summary.  Listen to Izzy herself as she expresses her gratitude and conveys what she hopes to accomplish as a fellow.  
      Big West Peace Fellow 2023-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

      Over 4,200 Clubs Participated in World Polio Day

       
      Thank you to the more than 4,200 clubs that organized over 6,300 actions in 115 countries for this year’s World Polio Day! We also want to recognize and celebrate Districts 4455, 4170, 4700, 4590, and 4380 for having the highest percentage of clubs register a World Polio Day action.
       
      The dedication, passion, and generosity of Rotary members in polio eradication is unparalleled. Thank you for making World Polio Day a success!
       
      Polio Update - Closing in on Zero!
       
      Wild poliovirus is still circulating in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Last year, the variant poliovirus was detected in a few previously polio-free countries — a stark reminder that if polio exists anywhere, it’s a threat everywhere. To get an idea of the recent progress made and challenges met, the Rotary magazine team sat down with Aidan O’Leary of the World Health Organization, Melissa Corkum of UNICEF, and Omotayo Bolu of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
       
      Over 4,200 Clubs Participated in World Polio Day 2023-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

      A Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      As the year comes to a close, people around the world are gearing up to celebrate the holiday season, a time of joy, reflection, and togetherness. While traditions may vary, one common thread unites us all—the spirit of happiness and goodwill. In this global tapestry of cultures and beliefs, the holiday season serves as a reminder of our shared humanity and the importance of embracing diversity. Whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, Eid al-Fitr, or Eid al-Adha, the underlying message is one of love, peace, and unity. As we exchange greetings of "Happy Holidays," let us celebrate the richness of our global traditions and foster understanding and respect for one another. Let’s Create Hope in the World.  Wishing you a joyful and harmonious holiday season!
      A Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

      Wheelchairs Donated

       
      For the second time, past president Richard Makau of the Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset, traveled and delivered for the Rotary Club of Sweetwater San Diego, another wheelchair and a wheeled folding walker with seat for an indigent patient in Kenya, Africa. Members of the club led by president Marissa De Luna (fourth from left) are shown with past president Richard Makau (second from left) receiving the wheelchair and folding walker.
       
       
       
       
      Wheelchairs Donated 2023-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

      Internal Medicine Physician Joins the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines

       
      Torrey Pines Rotary Club met Wednesday, November 29, and held their bi-monthly meeting at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel. The Club inducted their newest member of this nearly 60-year-old club.
       
      The induction honors were conducted by PDG Karl Kruse. Dr. Merritt Hougen (Internal Medicine) spend 41 years at Scripps Clinic and was responsible for establishing the General Internal and Urgent Care facility at Scripps. Merritt was joined at the podium by his wife (Linne) and President Leilani Sakai, and PDG Karl Cruse (see photo).
       
      It can be said of Torrey Pines Rotary Club that the Club is not only known as “the Wine Club” but can also boast that the Club has five members who hold doctorate degrees, a dentist, a medical doctor, and the Club’s oldest member, Max Gurney (Member Emeritus), 102+ years young, and a WWII veteran.
       
      Also, Torrey Pines Rotary Club is very proud of its Club Foundation, which distributes thousands of dollars each year to support such causes as veterans, youth, education, international and national crises, the Club’s Care ‘N Share toy drive, and other community causes and organizations.
       
      Torrey Pines Rotary Club will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this coming June 2024. 
       
      Internal Medicine Physician Joins the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines 2023-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

      The Environment Gets a Great Assist from the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club

      During Thanksgiving week, Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club was able to assist in planting 39 native oak trees. Since this is the best time of year to plant trees, the club scheduled two service projects at San Dieguito County Park. They have a regular monthly third Sunday service project at the park. On Sunday, November 19, a group from the club planted 17 oak trees in their Native Plant Trail area. They came back with more members and Rotarians from San Diego Coastal Rotary Club as well as several members from the community to plant another 22 oaks around the park on Green Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). This was wonderful way to work off extra Thanksgiving calories and an excellent environmental project for multiple reasons. The trees will be well cared for by the park service and will survive to old age, making our community more lush, vibrant, welcoming to wildlife (humans included) and resilient to climate change for many years to come - a lasting Rotary legacy.
       
      Working with community and local families that enjoy the park showcases Rotary and helps teach the values of volunteering/ giving back to the next generation as well as the importance of trees and the environment. They may have recruited a few new Rotarians too! Working together in such a beautiful setting always brings fellowship - they had a great time. We are hoping that tree planting will catch on as a common Rotary event.  If your club is interested in a similar project, there are multiple ideas all over the county and many eager partners to help. Please contact Rotarian Jenny Parker at jenny@jparkermd.net if you want more information. 
       
      The Environment Gets a Great Assist from the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club 2023-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Santee-Lakeside Rotary Provides Holiday Cheer to Seniors

       Santee-Lakeside Rotary club members have been hard at work this holiday season. This past Thursday they made 70 "We Care Bags" for Meals on Wheels San Diego County. These bags will bring holiday cheer to local seniors in their community. 
       
       
      In addition, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club along with Santana Interact Club and family members and friends wrote holiday cards for seniors in the community.  These cards were presented at their holiday party to John Hossick (green coat) who is the president of the Santee Mobile Home Association Committee and who will ensure these holiday wishes get delivered to the seniors who often times are alone for the holidays. 
       
      Santee-Lakeside Rotary Provides Holiday Cheer to Seniors 2023-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Santa's Helpers Build Bikes for Kids

      Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club, its members and past presidents, came together yesterday to build this year’s bike/helmet/lock donations to some of Carlsbad’s children who would never otherwise get a bike. These children are in for a great surprise.
       
      Santa's Helpers Build Bikes for Kids 2023-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Gifts of Love Across the Border

      Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake members recently visited friends at Casa Para Pobres Desamparados del Hermano Pablo, A.C. in la Rumorosa, BC. Residents received personalized gifts, blankets, and other provisions. More importantly, club members who participated in this visit said they treasure the opportunity to be of service.
       
      Gifts of Love Across the Border 2023-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

      Maui Says Thank You to Rotarians

       
      After a devastating fire destroyed the historic town of Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii, on August 8, 2023, Rotary District 5000 created a fund to help the survivors recover and rebuild. Rotary members from around the world responded in a big way. Click below for a short video message from District 5000 Governor Mark Merriam who provides an update on the fund and thanks the donors.
       
      Maui Says Thank You to Rotarians 2023-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

      Platelet Shortage - Call to Action

       
      Past District Governor Needs Your Help
       
      Kim Pretto has asked for assistance in getting members to donate platelets.  Past District Governor Chuck Pretto has been fighting cancer and is using them and there is a shortage.  
       
      Interested platelet donors should contact the Blood Bank of San Diego or the American Red Cross to schedule a donation.   Please make sure you tell them you are donating on Chuck's behalf.
       
      The process of donation typically takes 2-3 hours.  It involves drawing blood, separating platelets and returning the remaining components to the donor through an automated collection device.  The actual platelet donation itself usually lasts around 90 to 120 minutes.  Keep in mind that specific procedures might vary depending on the donation center or organization.
       
      Govenor Don Fipps Donating Platelets today for PDG Chuck Pretto
      Platelet Shortage - Call to Action 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Santee Santas Get a Helping Hand

      Once again, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club joined with the Santee Santa's Foundation in gearing up for its holiday outreach.  The Santee Santas Foundation is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) registered organization, providing help to members of its community living within the Santee School District and in need of assistance.
       
      Santee Santas’ signature effort is an annual holiday children’s toy and food (grocery store gift card) drive focused on bringing the Christmas spirit to 150-200 families in our community. Their senior outreach program ensures seniors in our community who are living alone or in senior care facilities are not forgotten over the holidays. Their volunteers serve the Santee community throughout the year and have done so since 1953! 
       
      The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club kicked this holiday effort off this past Saturday with their well-organized assembly line method of putting boxes together.  They put a total of 800 boxes together in less than two hours.  Several members also have signed up for packing food items into the boxes they have put together.  Food is placed in boxes with content dependent on family size and toys are sorted and wrapped for recipient children from 0-11. Children 12-18 receive a gift card to purchase a special gift of their choosing. There is a myriad of tasks for volunteers who want to help.  If you'd like to help here is the link to sign up to volunteer.
       
      Santee Santas Get a Helping Hand 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

      A New Home for a Family in Mexico

      This past week Governor Don Fipps was in Tecate Mexico with the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and Rotaract of San Diego State University building a home for a family living on a dirt floor in a single room and one bed.  By the end of the week, the group left the with keys to a home consisting of a concrete slab, lockable steel door, 3 windows, an internal loft and a roof.  Govenor Fipps was joined by District Governor Elect Dianne Crawford and District Governor Nominee Designee Jeb E Bakke Rotary District 5340 Members.  What a great Christmas present for this family.
       
      A New Home for a Family in Mexico 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Low Ride and Stride Fundraiser Raised Over $142,000 This Year

       
      The Rotary Club of Coronado has partnered with Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) on two occasions in 2023.  STEP is a 501(c)(3) that builds financial self-sufficiency among junior active duty and listed members, recently discharged enlisted veterans and their families facing financial crisis through counseling, education, and emergency grants.  STEP was one of the beneficiaries of the annual Low Ride and Stride club fundraiser, which raised over $142,000 this year.
       
       
      Low Ride and Stride Fundraiser Raised Over $142,000 This Year 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Message From District Govenor Don Fipps

       
      Welcome to December.  This month, Rotary International recognizes Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.  This is one of the 7 Areas of Focus for The Rotary Foundation. Our most recent District Foundation Seminar mentioned some of the aspects of this Area of Focus.  Eradicating polio globally is our largest effort, but there are other diseases that plague our global community, one such disease is malaria.  There is a $6M program lead by The Rotary Foundation through its Programs of Scale, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia. The project will add 2,500 community health workers to the national health system in Zambia, allowing for effective malaria diagnosis and treatment for more than 1.3 million people in ten of the most highly affected districts in Central and Muchinga provinces.  This is the power of Rotary to Create Hope in the World.
      Message From District Govenor Don Fipps 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Chula Vista Rotary Decorates Trees for Veterans

       
      One of the Rotary Club of Chula Vista's favorite annual traditions is decorating Christmas trees at the Veterans Home of California - Chula Vista.  This past Saturday the club put up 5 Christmas trees for the Veterans - located in the main lobby, three wings, and activity room.  It's another way to Create Hope that the Rotary Club of Chula Vista is spreading joy and celebrating "Service Above Self".
      Chula Vista Rotary Decorates Trees for Veterans 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

      San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club
       Assembles Welcome Home Baskets at Father Joe's Warehouse

      The Welcome Home Basket Project, benefitting clients of Father Joe’s Villages, has been a favorite hands-on activity of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club.  These baskets are filled with household items to help previously unhoused people get started in their new homes. Thanks to a $3,000 District Grant and a matching $3,000 donation from the club’s Foundation, items were purchased for 72 Welcome Home Baskets.
       
      On a Wednesday morning after their regular club meeting, 12 Rotarians met at Father Joe's Warehouse and set up an assembly line to put the baskets together.  As each basket was completed, a hand-written note welcoming the recipients to their new home was added.  These notes were prepared by members of the Community Service Committee and were sealed with a Rotary sticker.  Many thanks to all who participated in making this such a rewarding event!
       
      San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club Assembles Welcome Home Baskets at Father Joe's Warehouse 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

      RI Annual Report for 2022-2023 Has Been Released

       
      According to John Hewko, General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation recently relayed that Rotary International released its Annual Report. "Thanks to Rotarians' generosity, we can all reflect on another year with pride in our achievement and ambition for the future.
       
      The commitment of friends, leaders, and problem-solvers united in taking action makes a life-changing impact. This past year, 1,098 global grants supported large-scale projects, scholarships, and vocational training teams. Leaders who are building peace in the Middle East or North Africa will soon have the opportunity to get world-class professional development at the newest Rotary Peace Center at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. Our global polio eradication effort is intensifying through our joint commitment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our progress in advancing important causes is possible because of your support.  
       
      As you explore the stories, review RI's finances, and hear from RI's community of donors in this year’s report, I hope that you’re as inspired as I am by the change we’re making – change that adds hope to people’s lives today and makes a difference for years to come"
       
       
      RI Annual Report for 2022-2023 Has Been Released 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

      December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

       
      December is Disease Prevention & Treatment month. 

      Rotary is dedicated to fighting and preventing disease. Rotary and Rotarians are committed to helping people to live healthy lives.  Our signature project in this area is Polio eradication, but polio is not the only disease or aspect of healthy living on which Rotarians have expended energies. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the people in the world who can't afford to pay for healthcare. 

      The health and vitality of a person, a family and a community can be seriously impaired by what in many cases is a preventable disease.  Disease prevention is really a keystone to progress in other areas as well because of the interplay with other areas of focus like Water and Sanitation and Maternal & Child Health.
      December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month 2023-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Club Collects Books Galore

      The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club is feeling thankful for an incredible Book Drive they conducted this past October, with books still coming in! More than 6,000 titles were dropped off to benefit the Friends of Santee Library. The collection generated roughly $5,300 in income.  As a result of so many children’s books coming in, they have even partnered with a local nonprofit for a holiday infant-2nd grade book giveaway! 
       
      This effort was coordinated by Rotarian Cheryl Cozart who is a retired librarian.  It was also supported by the newly formed Interact Club at Santana High School. Rotarian, Elana Levins-Craig has extensive communication capability due to all of her efforts supporting various programs throughout the region.  Her call to action on the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club's behalf was definitely fruitful.   
       
      Up next for the club will be an activity on December 2 in support of the Santee Santas Foundation and a Holiday card distribution to seniors in local mobile home parks.   More to come as these projects come to fruition.  
       
      Rotary Club Collects Books Galore 2023-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

      Support The RI Foundation on Giving Tuesday

       
      Giving Tuesday, a Global Day of Generosity, is an opportunity to make a big impact with a gift of any size supporting projects you’re passionate about. Our Foundation helps Rotary members advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty. Consider making a gift this Giving Tuesday, November 28.
      Support The RI Foundation on Giving Tuesday 2023-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

      Giving Thanks Through Action

      Oceanside Rotary Club members participated in a service project that supported the Tri-City Pantry.  Over 300 bags of food were assembled for families for Thanksgiving.  The Oceanside Rotary Foundation contributed $3,500 towards the project!
       
      Giving Thanks Through Action 2023-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

      Coronado Rotary Club Feeds 400!

      On the morning of November 15 and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, members from the Coronado Rotary Club were at Father Joe’s Villages serving 400 meals to those in need.   In the words of one of the Rotarians - "the hands of God are often at the end of our own arms".  Another good example that Rotarians are Creating Hope in the World.
       
      Coronado Rotary Club Feeds 400! 2023-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      This past week we celebrated Thanksgiving prompting us to reflect on all the good works Rotary has done throughout the year.    This Tuesday, November 28 is Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It was created to encourage people to donate to charitable organizations and causes they care about. Rotary International has embraced the concept of Giving Tuesday and encourages the use of this day as a fundraising opportunity for clubs and for The Rotary Foundation. Since 2017, Rotary has also used Giving Tuesday to reach out directly to prospective and current donors, and the campaign has grown each year.
       
      It is important that we all support this online giving opportunity since many clubs rely on grants provided by the Rotary International Foundation to Create the Hope in the World in their communities and throughout the world. I encourage you to make a donation and to encourage your friends on social media to consider giving a gift to the Rotary International Foundation Annual Fund.  All donations will help us provide all the support needed to make a difference in the world.  
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

      Give to Rotary on Giving Tuesday!

       
       
      November 28, 2023
       
      A Call to Action for All Rotarians.  November 28 is Giving Tuesday, and we need your help to raise funds and awareness for The Rotary Foundation this Giving Tuesday. 
       
      This Global Day of Generosity is an opportunity for all members to make a big impact, with a gift of any size that supports projects you’re passionate about.
       
      Here’s what we need you to do:
        
      Watch our Giving Tuesday video with Southeast San Diego.
      Donate to Annual Fund-SHARE on Giving Tuesday to support district and global grants.
      • Share our Giving Tuesday graphics on Facebook or LinkedIn.
       
      The Foundation will recognize the top three clubs in fundraising, donor participation, and online giving. Find out which clubs were recognized last year and set a giving goal for your club this year. Just be sure the gifts are made on November 28!
      Give to Rotary on Giving Tuesday! 2023-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
      District Facebook Page is Down 2023-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

      This Holiday Season Give a Gift that Gives to the World! 

       
      The Rotary E-Club of San Diego is selling a limited edition of beautiful convertible cross body/”fanny” packs from Guatemala.  These make ideal presents for Rotarians who want to give with a purpose.  Two Guatemalan college students, Nallely and Reyna, whom the EClub has been supporting tuition costs through District Grants and private donors, are selling their hand-made products to raise money for needed college expenses outside of tuition.  Click "Read More" for additional information including cost and contact information.
      This Holiday Season Give a Gift that Gives to the World! 2023-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

      Smiles International Pre-Thanksgiving Clinic a Success

      Rotarian, Dr. Jeffery James Moses, Founder and President of Smiles International Foundation relayed that their pre-Thanksgiving Clinic where they served patients with cleft lip and palate issues was a blessing for the Smiles International Foundation's cleft mission team as well as their partner, Children’s Lifeline International. Patients benefitted from continuity treatment and long-term staged follow-up care throughout the course of the last 18 years by the team. 

      The Rotary clubs of Carlsbad California and Tecate Mexico, Districts 5340 and 4100, and many young adults forming the ranks of SAVG (Smiles Action Volunteer Group) help provide logistic support along with pre-clinic advertising. 

      During this clinic, 27 pre-screened children received specialty consultation, annual treatment planning and scheduling. 14 of them were deemed ready and received facial reconstructive procedures. These children were scheduled into an outpatient facility built by Rotary as a Centennial project of the Rotary clubs of Bakersfield, CA, and Tecate, Mexico. 

      Patients benefitted from the precision pediatric anesthesia by their anesthesiology team led by Dr. Nick Pollard. Then, with a surgical team led by Craniomaxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Andrew Campbell, an estimated 50 combined surgical procedures were able to be performed over the course of this clinic. Multiple procedures are given to each child, where possible, taking advantage of the anesthesia time allotted. Many children with this congenital facial difference require several surgical procedures applied at various stages of growth in order to achieve the desired final outcome of them entering their community with enhanced abilities to properly eat, breathe, hear, speak, and smile.

      While the USA calculated value was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars if billed privately, due to the volunteers all donating their expertise, the value of care donated to these children and their family's is incalculable. 

      Again, many thanks are extended to each volunteer and each sponsor for the opportunity to serve this deserving population.
       
      Smiles International Pre-Thanksgiving Clinic a Success 2023-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

      How Does Rotary International's Annual Fund Work?

       
      Your gift to the Annual Fund helps Rotary and Rotaract clubs take action today to create positive change in communities close to home and around the world. Your contributions help us strengthen peace efforts, fight disease, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support education, grow local economies, and protect the environment.
       
      The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund includes SHARE, the World Fund, and our areas of focus funds. The Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative asks all members to donate to the Annual Fund each year and take part in at least one Foundation project or program each year.
      How Does Rotary International's Annual Fund Work? 2023-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
      A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words 2023-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

      Thanksgiving Meal Bags Collected

      This past week, the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary club collected 29 Thanksgiving Meal Bags for families in need within their community, which will be distributed by the Chula Vista Community Collaborative. Each bag includes the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal and two gift cards totaling $50. 
       
      Thanksgiving Meal Bags Collected 2023-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

      Toy Drive Underway

       
      The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps is assisting STEP (Support the Enlisted Project) with their Toy Drive for military children in their community. 
       
      If you'd like to participate or if you need more information, please call (858) 695-6810 or  email barb.fiorina@teamstepusa.org.
      Toy Drive Underway 2023-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

      Coronado Rotary Club Recognized for Polio Plus Contributions

       
      At District 5340's recent Foundation Seminar, the Rotary Club of Coronado was recognized for outstanding club contributions to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Program.  Over the past 15 years, with the Gates Foundation match, they have collectively donated over $3 million to Polio Plus.  Congratulations, the Coronado Rotary Club is certainly Creating Hope in the World.
      Coronado Rotary Club Recognized for Polio Plus Contributions 2023-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

      Socks and Sleeping Bag Drive

       
      The Rotary Club of Eastlake is holding a sock and sleeping bags drive to assist the Dreams for Change/Safe Parking Program to assist the housing insecure during the holiday season.  The collection drive will run from October 14 to December 9.
       
      For more information, please contact Miriam at 619 259-9810 or Stephanie at 619 851-2984.
      Socks and Sleeping Bag Drive 2023-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

      A Heart-Warming Journey to Renovate Casa Hogar Infantil Uriel

       
      Join the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake in a heartwarming journey as they renovate Casa Hogar Infantil Uriel, a children's home in Tijuana. Witness the transformative power of service and compassion in action. Special thanks to Fordham University student Sofia Hernandez for producing this video.   Watch here.
      A Heart-Warming Journey to Renovate Casa Hogar Infantil Uriel 2023-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
      Save the Date - Trivia Night 2024 2023-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

      El Cajon Rotary Volunteers at Thousand Smiles Clinic

      Members of the El Cajon Rotary Club traveled south to Ensenada to lend a hand at the Thousand Smiles Clinic.  Tasked with shopping and providing lunches for the volunteers, club members provided sandwiches and all accompaniments on Friday and chili and salad on Saturday.  Members also had the opportunity to meet and talk to other Rotarians and volunteers as well as get a glimpse of the many services provided to young ones who otherwise would never receive care.  This particular weekend, with school out on Friday, the clinic registered over 120 children to receive care.  Families lined up outside starting in wee hour of the morning.   Children were screened and provided basic exams and education on Friday with approximately 20 children returning on Saturday for necessary surgeries or more complicated procedures. 
       
      Volunteer professional staff included dentists, an ENT physician, anesthesiologist, audiologist, hygienists, dental students and nurses.  Alongside Rotarians were community members both local and US based who provided meal preps, basic education and much more.  The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary club is likely to have a new Rotarian soon as a result of a first-time community volunteer who learned about Rotary and saw first-hand that Rotarians are People of Action!   
       
      El Cajon Rotary Club has a long-standing relationship with the Thousand Smiles Foundation providing volunteers, purchasing a commercial grade stove and building picnic tables for outside breaks and dining.  
       
       
      El Cajon Rotary Volunteers at Thousand Smiles Clinic 2023-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
      Holiday Drive for Military Children 2023-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Daylight Savings Time ended today at 2 am.  If you have not yet, set your clocks back one hour.  I am a morning person, up at 5 am so I can be in the pool for my swim workouts at UCSD Canyonview Aquatics Center Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 am.  As a result, I get up at the same time every day.  I use the time in the morning for me.  My Rotary Club of Del Mar recently had a speaker, Jarvis Leverson, The Morning Hero @the.morninghero talking about getting up early with a structured routine and being intentional with every minute of the day.  I thought he was one of the better speakers I have heard for personal growth.  
       
      November is Rotary Foundation Month and as part of this week's 2023 Rotary Zone 26/27 Insitute at the Town and County Resort, we will be celebrating on Friday the Rotary Foundation at the Rotary Foundation Gala, Disco Inferno. We are going to have fun.  I hope to see you there!
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Brewing Beer for the Holidays

       
      The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary club is brewing beer for the holidays again. This is open to all Rotarians and friends of Rotarians and will feature three types of beers you will be able to personally brew and bottle. The owner of Citizen Brewers (by Mission Gorge Rd. and highway 8) will teach everyone how to make the beers, and you will have the chance to do all the work. This is a unique opportunity to engage in a San Diego tradition. The beers that are made always taste professionally made. The labels will be created by all of us and display the Rotary logo so you can share them with friends and family as gifts over the holidays or drink the beers yourself. Contact Ivan Alba at mathispower@hotmail.com to sign up, but space is limited. After all the cases are claimed, those who still wish to make beer will be invited to the next brewing event very soon.
      Brewing Beer for the Holidays 2023-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

      November is Rotary Foundation Month

       
      Rotary Foundation Month is celebrated in November every year to emphasize the importance of and need for Rotarian support of The Rotary Foundation.  The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world. The Rotary Foundation transforms donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Since its inception more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent over $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
       
      The Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty. For instance, a donation as little as 60 cents can protect a child from polio, $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness, and $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.   
       
      To make a contribution, visit rotary.org/donate
      November is Rotary Foundation Month 2023-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Clean Up Day a Huge Success

      The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo's clean-up day this past week at Westwood in Rancho Bernardo was a big success.  There was a huge turnout from the club including 30 students from Rancho Bernardo High School, Mt Carmel High School, Del Norte High School, and Poway High School, which made the work easy.  More than 100 vehicles brought junk and donations to fill five huge EDCO Trash bins and provide gently used stuff for Interfaith Community Services, Rise Resale and The Assistance League Thrift Shop. Club members finished off their successful day with a wonderful Mexican lunch provided by Toni Craft from craftcateringllc.com.  
       
      Clean Up Day a Huge Success 2023-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Jeb Bakke Elected to Serve as District Governor 2026-27

      Your District Nomination Committee met to interview candidates to serve as District Governor.  Jeb Bakke from the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary club was selected to lead District 5340 as Governor in 2026/27.  Please join us in congratulating Jeb!  
       
       
      Jeb originally joined Poway Rotary Club (now Poway Scripps) in 1991, where he served in various offices and avenues of service.  He moved to the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise club in 1994 where he was also active in a variety of capacities. He took a leave of absence to raise his young family, while keeping in touch with the many relationships he formed through Rotary.  He returned to Rotary in 2017 to RB Sunrise where he served as President in 2020-21.  He has served the district as International Service Chair from 2021-23 and is currently an assistant governor for Area 15 that serves both the Paradise Valley and Sweetwater Rotary clubs as well as four active Rotaract clubs - D5340 of SDSU, UCSD, Pacific Beach and City Heights.  Click "Read More" to continue.
       
      Jeb Bakke Elected to Serve as District Governor 2026-27 2023-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
      Spooktacular Benefits Seeds of Hope 2023-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

      The Rotary Club of Carlsbad Installs Peace Pole 

      The Rotary Club of Carlsbad installed their first Peace Pole on October 19, 2023, at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Discovery Center in Carlsbad. It was the celebrated highlight of the Club's 84th year (established on 10/19/1939)! Agua Hedionda welcomes the public all year and serves over 8,500 children from 13 school districts in the community. The Peace Pole will be enjoyed by thousands for years to come encouraging thoughts and conversations about peace. May Peace Prevail on Earth! 
       
       
      The Rotary Club of Carlsbad Installs Peace Pole 2023-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

      The Spooky Season is Here

      The San Diego Rotary Club brought the spirit of the spooky season to their community! They teamed up with San Diego Youth Services to transform their Temporary Housing for Youth Center into a Halloween graveyard. It was a heartwarming experience, and members we're grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these incredible young individuals.
       
      As People of Action, this Rotary club will continue to work hand in hand to create a brighter future for all.
       
      The Spooky Season is Here 2023-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

      Encinitas Rotary Club Raises Money for Alzheimer's San Diego

      The Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club members recently participated in the Walk4ALZ fundraiser, raising a total of $3,375 for Alzheimer's San Diego. This was the club's first participation in the event, and several members and friends walked in North County to show their support for the cause. After the walk, members gathered at Union Kitchen to celebrate their successful fundraising efforts. Alzheimer's San Diego aims to assist the 100,000 San Diegans living with dementia and their care partners. The funds raised from the walk will benefit the local community in San Diego County.
       
      Encinitas Rotary Club Raises Money for Alzheimer's San Diego 2023-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Today is National Cat Day! As most of you know by now, dogs have a prominent place in my Governorship.  However, in our home we have a cat that “gets along” with our CC Puppy Rosebud. Cats make wonderful companions but don’t suffer from separation anxiety. All companion animals teach us to care for those that require our support. Rotary members care for those who need our help to Create Hope in the World.
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

      Join the Polio Plus Society or Polio Plus Kennel Klub

       
      World Polio Day is October 24th.  There is an excellent article in this month’s Rotarian that describes why your gifts are so important, how your gifts are being used, and why we need to continue our fight to eradicate Polio.  To show our ongoing support, District 5340 is inviting you to join the District’s PolioPlus Society and/or The Rotary PolioPlus Kennel Klub.  Joining is easy!  Just commit to an annual contribution of $100 or more and receive a Polio Plus Society pin, End Polio Now wristband, and printable PolioPlus Society Certificate or an End Polio Now Doggie Bandana.  Click "Read More" to get links to each membership and to view additional statistics. 
      Join the Polio Plus Society or Polio Plus Kennel Klub 2023-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

      Join Us at the Zone Institute - November 8-12

       
      Sunny San Diego is calling. There is still time to register to join us in person at the Town and Country Resort or on our virtual campus. Hear from our amazing keynote Leapfrog founder John Marggraff, Peace Corp Director Carol Spahn, Brainwise Founder Dr. Patricia Gorman Berry and Rotary International President Elect Stephanie Urchick, dance the night away as we raise money to support the Rotary Foundation at Friday’s Disco Inferno Celebration and Celebrate our incoming District Governors at the Saturday Evening Gala. Learn more https://www.zoneinstitute.org/2023-institute-schedule.
       
       
      Join Us at the Zone Institute - November 8-12 2023-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

      Romona Rotarians Distribute Dictionaries at Three Schools

      When they say a picture says a thousand words, they weren't kidding.  The Rotary Club of Ramona recently distributed dictionaries to 3rd graders at three elementary schools - all of it caught on camera!   Of special note, Superintendent Thurman was in attendance for all distributions, which is quite impressive. 
       
      Rotarian Eva Trieger was so excited about handing out dictionaries this morning to third graders in Mrs. Brisendine's and Mrs. Ramirez's classes at Mt. Woodson Elementary School! Superintendent Dr. Brian Thurman was there, too.
       
      At James Dukes Elementary School, Rotarian Traci Jones visited Mrs. Stewart's 3rd grade class along with Superintendent Thurman. Special needs student Daisy received her dictionary on her Chameleon, a portable braille display with local apps, like an editor and library. 
       
      Here's Mrs. Gibbs' 3rd grade class at James Dukes Elementary School with Rotary President Carol Fowler and Superintendent Thurman.
       
      Rotarian Lee Castillo was at Barnett Elementary School to hand out dictionaries and tell the kids about the Rotary Club. Also present were Superintendent Thurman, Principal Meris, and teachers Mrs. Wrenn, Mrs. Youngdale, and Mrs. Rosenbusch. Another great Rotary day.
       
       
      Romona Rotarians Distribute Dictionaries at Three Schools 2023-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Have you wondered what The Rotary Foundation is really about? What does it mean to me? Attend the District Foundation Seminar November 4th at 8:30 am until noon at the Sharp Prebys Innovation & Education Center in Kearny Mesa; come to be impressed and inspired.   Breakfast will be included in this state-or-the-art training facility that opened earlier this year.  Find out how you too can Create Hope in the World.  Register Here
       
      Tuesday, October 24th is World Polio Day, it is a time for Rotary members, public health advocates, and all who want a world free from polio to come together, recognize our progress in the fight to end polio, and talk about the actions we need to take in order to end polio for good. Learn more at: World Polio Day.
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

      2023 Camp LEAD a Success

      District Governor Don Fipps and DG Designee Luis Carranza visited the LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Camp at the San Diego County Office of Education, Cuyamaca Outdoor School. There were over 80 8th grade students enrolled in the two-day program.  Congratulations to the committee of Paul Pierce, John Harmata, Jessica Long, Jim Czarnowski, Elizabeth Harmata, Jim Piburn, Gregory Harris & John Simonelli for a great 2023 program. 
       
      2023 Camp LEAD a Success 2023-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

      Cyber Security Tips

       
      With the ever-growing complexity of the internet and the potential for abuse, one needs to know how to protect themselves from being hacked or scammed.  This article is to give you some ideas on how you protect yourself from being a victim of cyber-crimes.  
       
      Here are some of the top cyber security tips to keep in mind.
      1. Use strong passwords and a Password Manager: Use a unique password for each separate account you have and use a password manager to remember them for you.
      2. Add an extra layer of security to your accounts by using two-factor authentication.
      3. Verify the authenticity of links before clicking on them.
      4. Protect your online activity by using a VPN when connected to public Wi-Fi.
      5. Keep your apps and devices up to date with the latest security patches and updates.
      6. Avoid jailbreaking your iPhone, as it can make it more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.  Jailbreaking even unlocks your phone so you can use it with a carrier other than the one from which you purchased it. Once you jailbreak your phone, you're entirely on your own since you may void the warranty you have with your carrier. This means that if something horrible happens to your phone, you can't rely on AT&T, Verizon, or Apple to fix it.
      7. Avoid storing sensitive information on your phone, and always use a passcode lock to protect it from unauthorized access.
      8. Use privacy-focused apps that don’t collect or share your personal data.
      9. Secure your local network by changing the default login credentials of your router, enabling WPA2 encryption, and disabling remote management. 
      10. Prohibit users from accessing both personal apps and non-business sites. Remember that cybersecurity protocols evolve as new technology emerges, so it’s important to stay informed and up to date with the latest trends and best practices.
      What is a VPN?
       
      A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a technology that allows you to create a secure and encrypted connection between your device and the internet. It works by routing your internet traffic through a remote server and encrypting it, making it difficult for anyone to intercept or eavesdrop on your online activity.
       
      VPNs are used for a variety of reasons, including:
      • Privacy: VPNs can help protect your privacy by masking your IP address and encrypting your internet traffic, making it difficult for anyone to track your online activity.
      • Security: VPNs can help protect your online security by encrypting your internet traffic, making it difficult for hackers and other malicious actors to intercept or steal your data.
      • Access: VPNs can help you bypass geographic restrictions and access content that may be blocked in your region. For example, if you’re traveling abroad and want to access content that’s only available in your home country, you can use a VPN to make it appear as though you’re still in that country.
      • Anonymity: VPNs can help protect your anonymity by masking your IP address and making it difficult for anyone to trace your online activity back to you.
      How to avoid being a victim of email fraud.
       
      Email fraud, also known as phishing, is a common cybercrime that can lead to identity theft and financial loss. Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of email fraud:
      • Be cautious of unsolicited emails: If you receive an email from an unknown sender, do not open any attachments or click on any links. Delete the email immediately.
      • Verify the sender’s identity: If you receive an email from a known sender but the content seems suspicious, verify the sender’s identity by contacting them through another channel such as phone or text message.
      • Check the email address: Scammers often use fake email addresses that look similar to legitimate ones. Check the email address carefully to ensure it is legitimate.
      • Avoid sharing personal information: Do not share your personal information such as passwords, social security numbers, or bank account details over email.
      • Use anti-virus software: Install anti-virus software on your computer and keep it up-to-date to protect against malware and other cyber threats.
      • Be wary of urgent requests: Scammers often create a sense of urgency to trick you into taking immediate action. Be wary of emails that demand immediate action or threaten negative consequences.
      • Educate yourself: Stay informed about the latest phishing scams and educate yourself on how to recognize and avoid them.
      What to be aware of when using Zoom.
       
      Zoom is a popular video conferencing platform that has become increasingly important for remote work and online learning. Here are some security tips to keep in mind when using Zoom:
      • Use a strong password: Always use a strong password to protect your Zoom account from unauthorized access. Avoid using common passwords such as “password” or “123456”.
      • Enable two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your Zoom account by requiring a code in addition to your password to log in.
      • Protect your meetings: Zoom offers several tools to protect your meetings, including password protection, waiting rooms, and the ability to remove disruptive attendees. You can also lock your meeting once all attendees have joined.
      • Be cautious of links: Do not click on any links in chat messages or emails from unknown senders. Scammers often use phishing emails to trick users into revealing their login credentials.
      • Keep your software up to date: Make sure you are using the latest version of Zoom to take advantage of the latest security features and bug fixes.
      Cyber Security Tips 2023-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

      Has Your Club Registered its World Polio Day Action yet? It’s Not Too Late!

       

       
      World Polio Day is 24 October, and even a small action can help your community understand how Rotary members around the world are working to make history and eradicate polio.
       
      Don’t forget that districts with the highest percentage of registered clubs by 24 October will receive a special video message from President R. Gordon R. McInally! 
       
      Has Your Club Registered its World Polio Day Action yet? It’s Not Too Late!  2023-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

      Young Musicians Opportunity

       
      As the 2023-24 Rotary Youth Instrumental Competition (RYIMC) kicks off, every club in District 5340 is once again invited to join in seeking out and rewarding the most musically gifted and dedicated high school students in our communities.  This long-standing Rotary tradition annually demonstrates Rotary's commitment to today's youth and tomorrow's leaders by awarding cash prizes to local young musicians demonstrating the highest levels of excellence in talent, training and love for music.  Click "Read More" to continue.
       
      Young Musicians Opportunity 2023-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

      Why You Should Plant Trees

      Fall is a great time to plant trees in San Diego. The temperatures are cooling, reducing stress on the trees and the winter rains will nurture new roots. I’m going to give you some reasons why trees are so vital to our community and then give you tree planting events to join this fall. If you are a planner, note that San Diego Tree Week is April 22-28. There will be several tree planting events on Saturday, April 27 which happens to be Rotarians at Work Day. If your club does not already have plans, consider joining one of these events.   Click "Read More" to continue.
       
      Why You Should Plant Trees 2023-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Please join us for the Walk to End Polio fundraiser sponsored by District 5340 Rotaract Council on October 22.  It is at Balboa Park starting at 8 am; we'll be walking five of the seven bridges with mimosas and breakfast burritos at the finish.  What better way to start off your Sunday morning than to walk in the 4th Annual Walk to End Polio. Just click HERE.  
       
      Today is Global Handwashing Day and reminds people around the world to wash their hands with soap.  You might not think that by merely washing your hands with soap, you could be saving a life. It seems like such a mundane thing to do. It's something your parents or teachers have drilled into your head for years. "Remember to wash your hands." That's because washing your hands, with soap of course, is the best way to get rid of germs.  My Apple Watch automatically starts timing my handwashing and alerts me when 20 seconds have passed.  Yes, that is left over from COIVD-19 precautions. 
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

      La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club Spruces Up Ensenada School

      A much-needed paint job and sports court refurbishment were given to Ensenada Benito Juarez Elementary School by our own La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club on October 7-8, 2023.  Led by past president Ron Kohl, a veteran organizer of cross-border project trips, the efforts of over 100 people painted ten school buildings and installed basketball backboards, new rims, and new sports nets.

      Ron Kohl and the leadership team, Tony Grillo, Ranjan Lahiri, and Garry Kachkovsky geared up with a pre-project visit, budget calculations, and arranged for Baja fellowship and fun!  52 Rotarians and guests, arriving by a chartered bus, were joined by the Rotary Club of Ensenada Todos Santos, Ensenada Interact students, Rotarians from Tijuana, and over two dozen college students from SDSU and UCSD Rotaract Clubs! We also had school parents, teachers, and children help paint the buildings.

      The La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotarians and Rotaract Students donated over 100 stuffed toys to present to the children at the school. The children each carried their new toys close to them the whole day, even while painting!

      Following the project, a delicious paella dinner was provided by the Ensenada Todos Santos Rotary Club at Chateau Camou Winery in Guadalupe Valley. Early Sunday morning, Rotary Surfers Unite leader Brett Morey took Rotaract Students surfing. 

      So great to bless others down in Ensenada once again. Who wants to join us next October?  For more information about our club or to join us on a future project, email info@lajollagtrotary.org or check out our website https://lajollagtrotary.org
       
       
      La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club Spruces Up Ensenada School 2023-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

      Fall Gardening for Interact Club

      September 23 was a busy day at the La Mesa Community Garden. The La Mesa Interact Club volunteered to help in the garden, and Craig of Yard-to-Table Creations provided a great workshop about fall planting!
       
      Fall Gardening for Interact Club 2023-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

      Carlsbad Oktoberfest a Success

      Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and Carlsbad Rotary produced a sensational 41st Oktoberfest at the Strawberry Fields this year with thousands of people enjoying this Family Fall Festival.  Bill Baer and Kate Hanham chaired this massive event representing each of their Rotary clubs.  German meals, music, beer (of course), dancing, contests, and loads of fun - thanks are extended to all Rotarian volunteers who made it happen.
       
      Carlsbad Oktoberfest a Success 2023-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

      Annual Poinsettia Fundraiser Launches

       
      It's not too early to start thinking about the holidays.  Order your poinsettias today.  Your orders will help support the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo fund projects for the Marines and Sailors stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.  Payment instructions are above.
      Annual Poinsettia Fundraiser Launches 2023-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

      Catamaran Cruise October 15!

       
      The San Diego Coastal Rotary club is holding a fundraising event on board the Triton, the largest catamarans on the western seaboard.  Join them on Sunday, October 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 PM.  The event will take place at 2700 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA.  
       
      Tickets are $60 per person, and proceeds will go to the San Diego Coastal Rotary Foundation to help fund youth projects such as RYLA and LEAD. 
       
      They’re asking that attendees submit the ticket payment via Venmo (@sdcoastalrotary) with their name and email listed, which they will use to send additional event details.
      Catamaran Cruise October 15! 2023-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

      A September to Remember - Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship

      Last month was truly remarkable as Sufers Unite supported four major events locally including the 100 Wave Challenge for Boys to Men Mentoring at Mission Beach, Life Rolls On assisting disabled children and adults at La Jolla Shores, the Supergirl Pro in Oceanside and City2Surf with inner city kids and Hope Leadership Academy (HLA).  Unfortunately, due to weather the HLA team had to make a difficult decision to cancel the City2Surf event however we will hold it again next May in Del Mar as we have for almost a decade.
       
      A September to Remember - Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship 2023-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Today is National Hero Day and honors the people we look up to and who inspire us to be the best person we can possibly be.  In an effort to Create Hope in the World, let’s be a hero to someone in our lives whether that person is one of our children or for many of us, grandchildren.  Be the role model or mentor that had a positive influence in your life, pay it forward, be the hero!
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-10-07 07:00:00Z 0

      Students Remembered

      For anyone who lives in Santee and its surrounding areas, the horrific shooting at Santana High School on March 5, 2001 is forever etched in their hearts and minds.  This was the day that student Andy Williams shot 15 people, two of whom died. The two students that were killed were 14-year-old Bryan Zuckor and 17-year-old Randy Gordon. 
       
      In memory of the two boys who lost their lives, a community scholarship fund was established, and the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club was asked to be the administrator of the fund.  Two scholarships are awarded each year - one to a girl and one to boy.  Rotarians interview and make the final selection.  With an emphasis on bully prevention, eligible scholarship candidates (current students at Santana) were asked to write on the subject of bullying and how it has or has not affected their lives and things they can do to promote a non-bulling atmosphere at their school.
       
      The funds allocated have diminished over the years and the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club was set to retire the program.  One past Santana graduate Kristin Dare who is also the Executive Director for the Santee-Chamber of Commerce learned of the depleted funds and initially started a Go-Fund-Me Account to keep the program alive.  She said that Santana Students agreed that at the names of Bryan and Randy would be spoken, and their memory kept alive.  Her efforts grew to become a Santana Class of 2003 20-year reunion class project championed by Kristin Dare, Lauren Gaines, Andrew McPortland and El Cajon City Councilman Phil Ortiz. 
       
      On Thursday, October 5 these champions presented the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club with a check for $7,000 to ensure that Bryan and Randy's names are spoken and to honor them by keeping efforts around bulling prevention alive.  This time the table was turned, and the community rallied to support the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club's efforts by ensuring they had the funds to administer the scholarship fund to deserving students at Santana High School.  It was a unique picture of cooperation and support that exemplifies Rotary's theme of Creating Hope in the World.  
       
      How fitting it was that this presentation occurred during the month of October which is National Bullying Prevention month.
       
      Photo L-R: Andrew McPortland, Karen Flect club president, Lauren Gaines, Kristin Dare, club treasurer Bill Pommering and Councilman Phil Ortiz
      Students Remembered 2023-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Dance-A-Thon

       
      October is National Bullying Prevention month and the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is sponsoring over 75 Preuss students to participate in a dance-a-thon organized by Motivated to Act to raise awareness for youth mental health. The event is open to the public and features live multicultural performances, dancing, and a chance to meet former NFL players. Please join us on October 14 from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information visit Calendar - MTA - Motivated To Act - View Upcoming Events.
       
      Dance-A-Thon 2023-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Today is National Homemade Cookies Day.  A wonderful way to Create Hope in the World is to bake some homemade cookies, package them up and share them with neighbors, co-workers, and friends!  This gesture will make anyone feel better.  My favorite is chocolate chip with macadamia nuts.  Have a home baked cookie and a great Sunday!
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

      7th Annual Pub Crawl for Polio

       
      Saddle up, partners! Join us on Saturday, October 21 for a rootin' tootin' good time at the Wild West Pub Crawl for Polio through Pacific Beach. Dust off your cowboy boots and two-step with us for an unforgettable day of drinks, costumes, and community spirit.
       
      Come make new friends and enjoy PB's most famous bars and pubs, while doing good! These local bars will be slinging awesome drink and food specials, and a chance to win some awesome local swag and gift cards in our annual costume contest. Yeehaw!
       
      The theme is WILD WEST, and the best in creativity will sweep the competition. So, bring your boots, hats and chaps, because this crawl is going to be a trip!
       
      All proceeds fund the fight against polio.
      7th Annual Pub Crawl for Polio 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

      New Rescue Board Donated by Del Mar Rotary Club

      Club members from the Del Mar Rotary Club Brett Mattei (former Del Mar lifeguard), Steven McDowell (Community Services Chair), Matt Kurth (Club President), Toni Mecaro (President-Elect) hand over a new rescue board to Lifeguard Aidan Goodman, who also serves as Vice President of the Del Mar Lifeguard Association.
       
      New Rescue Board Donated by Del Mar Rotary Club 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Interactors Build Dog Beds for Shelter Pets

      Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians were joined by 33 Hilltop High Interactors at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility to make 21 dog beds for shelter pets. Former Mayors Cheryl and Greg Cox (also former County Supervisor) hosted the clubs and commented on how "friendly and focused" Interactors were. It's fantastic to see so many young people committed to service. The future is bright with this generation.
       
      Interactors Build Dog Beds for Shelter Pets 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotarians Build Community Garden

       
      On September 26, 2023, Rotarians of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club planted raised gardens at San Diego Oasis in Rancho Bernardo. The produce will be enjoyed by chefs at Shamily's teaching kitchen. 
      Rotarians Build Community Garden 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Ride the Point November 11, 2023

       
      Ride the hidden, unridden, and forbidden in the Point Loma Rotary 10th Annual Jim Krause Memorial Bicycle Ride the Point for pancreatic cancer research on November 11, 2023.  The ride starts and ends at Liberty Station and includes exclusive scenic routes throughout beautiful San Diego. This local all-volunteer ride has raised over $300,000 for pancreatic cancer research at UCSD Moore's Cancer Center.
       
      Ride the Point has three distances to accommodate diverse levels of cycling experience. The 5-mile Family Fun Ride is a relatively flat course on bike paths along beautiful San Diego Bay and is perfect for cruisers, beginning riders, challenged athletes, and families. The 25 and Metric Century are street rides with exclusive routes and challenging climbs around scenic San Diego. The public is invited to the free healthy lifestyle expo at Oggi’s in Liberty Station from 9 am until 2 pm with local vendors, music, and refreshments. For more information visit www.RideThePoint.org, watch our YouTube Video, or follow us on Facebook
       
      Ride the Point November 11, 2023 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

      October is Economic and Community Development Month

       
      Rotary supports investments in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities.
       
      The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable, and long-term economic improvements in their communities and livelihoods by:
      • Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities.
      • Developing opportunities for productive work.
      • Reducing poverty in under-served communities.
      • Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development.
      October is Economic and Community Development Month 2023-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Today is National Punctuation Day. This day commemorates all punctuation on September 24th. A period, a comma, a semicolon, a question mark, and an exclamation point are examples of some of the punctuation used in writing. They separate sentences and their elements to clarify meaning. Without them, meaning would be lost or up for interpretation.  Do we overuse punctuation marks?  Yes, we do!
       
      Rotarians worldwide, at the direction of our RI President, is working to Create Hope in the World!  Is this possible?  Yes, we just need to keep doing what we do every day; reducing human suffering and making our communities a better place to live.  Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

      Santee Youth Join In on Community Project

      The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club celebrated Community Week by partnering with the Santee Kawanis Club and West Hills High School Key Club along with the newly formed Interact Club from Santana High School.  This new Interact Club was spearheaded by a RYLA student sponsored by the Santee-Lakeside Rotary club who was so motivated by his experience last year at camp that he went back to his school and found not one but three teachers who were willing to be their sponsor and a whole host of students who wanted to be involved.  This is the first Interact Club started by the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club.    
       
      The project itself was coordinated by Santee-Lakeside Rotary club president, Karen Fleck and Santee-Kawanian Dan Bickford.  Their joint effort was the creation of a butterfly garden at Woodglen Vista Park in Santee.  They planted 160 Monarch Butterfly friendly plants, bushes and trees. As you can see from the pictures below, there were a lot of students involved.   Another outstanding example of Creating Hope in the World.
       
      Santee Youth Join In on Community Project 2023-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

      San Diego Rotary Holds Week-Long Event

      For the third year, Rotary International (San Diego Rotary), Kiwanis International, Lions International, and Optimist International worked together to celebrate and give back to our communities with a week-long service event. Rotary and Rotaract clubs were encouraged to partner with local Kiwanis, Lions, and Optimist clubs on a project that will have a long-term impact in their community. In San Diego, our #CelebrateCommunity project featured a project at San Diego's first high school - San Diego High School on Friday, September 22, that included presentations about each of our service organizations and the youth clubs we sponsor.

      They modeled doing more when we work together and affirmed when we harness the collective power of our four organizations’ 3.4 million members we can #CelebrateCommunity together.

      The visit ended with a QR code on the screen that led to a survey allowing attendees to ask for more information from the organization of their choice or all of the above.  They had 85 responses within ten minutes!

      Each student in attendance received details how they can register for the next Student Self Leadership Program from Blanchard.com and 2,500 flyers were being distributed campus wide for all students, faculty, staff, and parents to enroll by the Sunday, September 24 deadline.  
       
      San Diego Rotary Holds Week-Long Event 2023-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

      El Cajon Rotary Distributed Grants to local Non-Profits

      On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, non-profits throughout San Diego County were guests of the El Cajon Rotary Club for their Annual Grants Night event.  Through fundraising efforts, the Rotary club distributed grant checks of various amounts to 20 non-profit organizations.  Organizations included the American Legion Boys State program, El Cajon Police Department, Noah Homes, Saint Madeline Sophies Center, the Miglat Project - an anti-sex slavery project, Crisis House, Boys and Girls Club, 29 Eleven Maternity Home, Sonshine Haven, Meals on Wheels, Workshop for Warriors, Wreaths Across America San Diego, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, Fisher House Southern California, Home of Guiding Hands, Shelter Box USA, Proxteem Mobility and Esteem, Friends of the Water Conservation Garden, East County Transitional Living Center and Foothills Christian High School Football for a player scholarship.  
       
      Each recipient was provided an opportunity to speak to the club about the programs that will benefit from these grants.  It was clear in listening to them that these organizations and the El Cajon Rotary Club are indeed Creating Hope in the World. 
       
       
      El Cajon Rotary Distributed Grants to local Non-Profits 2023-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

      San Diego vs Hunger - Help Package 50,000 Meals

       
      The Mission Valley Evening Rotary Club invites you to join them in helping package 50,000 meals that will be donated to The San Diego Food Bank and the recovery efforts in Maui and Ukraine.
       
      This service project will be held on Saturday, November 18 and will have two shifts to choose from:  9-11 AM or 1-3:00 PM.  Click here to register.  There is a $65 cost (underwrites the cost of meals) to participate.  
      San Diego vs Hunger - Help Package 50,000 Meals 2023-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

      District & Club Digital Marketing & PR Strategies Virtual Training 

       
      District & Club Digital Marketing & PR Strategies Virtual Training 
      September 27, 2023, from 5:00 to 6:15 PM
       
      Rotarian Amy Scruggs will lead a practical and engaging virtual discussion about how clubs and districts can create more effective and impactful digital marketing and public relations materials and campaigns.
       
      Amy is a professional television host, media coach, bestselling author, and hit recording artist who owns Amy Scruggs Media, a media coaching and consulting service. This is a free training opportunity organized by our Zones 26 & 27 Regional Public Image Coordinators. 

      You must register in advance for this event. 
       
       
      District & Club Digital Marketing & PR Strategies Virtual Training 2023-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

      Foundation Seminar Slated for November 4

       
      Our District Foundation Seminar will be held November 4.  Come for a morning of inspiration and fellowship as we share the great works that our clubs, district and the Rotary Foundation do in our community and the world. 
       
      This is a fantastic event for newer Rotarians to attend to learn and be inspired through the work we do and long-time Rotarians to be reinvigorated and reminded and of the “why” behind all we do.  A continental breakfast will be provided at 8:30 a.m. with presentations beginning at 9 a.m.

      This is also an opportunity to experience the beautiful newly completed Sharp Prebys Innovation & Education Center, which is a new community resource offered at significant discounts to non-profit organizations making a difference in our community.  Thank you Sharp!    Registration is now open. $20 per person.
       
       
       
       
      Foundation Seminar Slated for November 4 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

      Family Fall Festival

       
      Mark your calendars for October 7, 2023, from noon until 8:00 p.m. and be part of the 41st Annual Oktoberfest Fall Festival brought to you by Carlsbad Rotary clubs.  Indulge in authentic German cuisine from Tip Top Meats, partake in activities for both kids and adults.  Immerse yourself in live German music and, of course, relish in our vibrant Beir Garten!  The garden will showcase a diverse selection of draft beers, including a special Oktoberfest brew, along with a variety of wines.  
       
      Oktoberfest requires a $10 Entrance Fee to the Strawberry fields.  Free parking.  Cashless Event.  Learn more and to purchase food tickets by clicking here.   
      Family Fall Festival 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

      Ensenada Work Project

       
      Join the Rotaract Club of UCSD on October 7&8 for their Ensenada Work Project alongside La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club (LJGTRC) to revitalize a local school!  It will cost Rotaract/Rotary volunteers around $78 to take part in this amazing opportunity. This would cover the chartered bus, snacks and drinks on the bus, volunteer event, hotel, food (dinner & lunch), wine and beer at dinner, a t-shirt, and surfing lessons. However, there may be reduced costs for Rotaractors  due to subsidies from the LJGTRC or Rotaract District 5340!   Passports required.

      Make sure to fill out this interest form for more details:
       
      Ensenada Work Project 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

      Collaboration Between Clubs Helps Community

      Encinitas Coastal Rotary and the Encinitas Rotary Club successfully collaborated with students from SDA to refurbish and paint seven picnic tables and student cubbies at the Boys & Girls Club Griset Ranch. This joint effort was a fantastic project completed with great enthusiasm and dedication. As community service enthusiasts and People of Action, the Encinitas clubs are committed to serving their youth and community. They look forward to more successful collaborations in the future. 
       
      Collaboration Between Clubs Helps Community 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

      Message From District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Today is National Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of the United States and those who have become United States citizens. On this day, members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.  That is 11 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Clubs should not feel bad when it takes a few months to rewrite and approve their constitution.
       
      I visited the best kept secret club in District 5340.  That is the Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global.  As an E-Club, they meet remotely monthly, and they do great work and help other clubs with their community service projects and on District and Global Grants.  If you are an in-person meeting challenged individual but still want to do great work in Rotary by Creating Change in the World, this may be the club for you.  Contact them at Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global (recsdg.org).
      Message From District Governor Don Fipps 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

      Residents at Operation Hope North County are Treated to a Mexican Feast

      As People of Action, members Corie and Blanca from the Route 78 Rotary Club brought and served dinner to the residents at Operation Hope North County. Residents loved the tacos & quesadillas from Señor Grubby’s! They all came back for seconds! Thank you to Thrivent for funding this Action Team activity.
       
      Residents at Operation Hope North County are Treated to a Mexican Feast 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

      2025 Council on Legislation Deadline

       
      The Council on Legislation (COL) is Rotary’s governing body that amends its constitutional documents. Every three years the Council on Legislation meets to debate and vote on proposed enactments. Each district sends one representative to the Council on Legislation, and any club or district may propose enactments. The next COL is scheduled for the spring on 2025 and I will be the representative for District 5340. If your club or district is considering proposing an enactment for the COL they must be received by Rotary on or before December 31, 2023.
       
      Detailed instructions on how to propose enactments can be found at https://my-cms.rotary.org/en/document/how-propose-enactments-council-legislation.

      You can also find additional information on the COL at https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/councils.

      Note that these enactments must be to propose changes to the constitutional documents only, not to recommend decisions that can be handled by the RI Board or TRF Trustees. And, due to the extensive process for submissions, it is recommended to start this process way ahead of the actual deadline if you are inclined to do so.
       
      Feel free to contact me PDG Philippe Lamoise, COL Representative for District 5340 if you have any questions.
       
      2025 Council on Legislation Deadline 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

      The Future is Bright with this Generation.

      Chula Vista Sunrise Rotarians were joined by 33 Hilltop High Interactors at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility to make 21 dog beds for shelter pets. Former Mayors Cheryl & Greg Cox (also former County Supervisor) hosted their clubs & commented on how "friendly and focused" thr Interactors were. It's fantastic to see so many young people committed to service. The future is bright with this generation.
       
      The Future is Bright with this Generation. 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

      Point Loma Fundraiser a Success

      On August 26, the Point Loma Rotary Club held its Peninsula Pints & Bragging Rights; Cornhole for a Cause fundraiser.  This was a unique outdoor event for the community organized by the Point Loma Rotary Club and in partnership with Good Wood Customs.   The event incorporated a cornhole tournament with divisions for beginners and advanced players, with a total prize pool of $1,500, while also offering local craft brews, a DJ, specialty food vendors, local small businesses for shopping and children's activities. 
       
      For over 70 years, the Point Loma Rotary Club has provided support for local San Diego civic projects including: Boy Scouts, Peninsula YMCA, Little League, and Point Loma Library. They sponsor students at camps to develop leadership and public speaking skills. And. on an international level, the club funded ShelterBox survival kits for the international disasters; funded polio eradication; and clean water projects in Fiji.  They definitely put their fundraising dollars to good use.  
       
       
      Point Loma Fundraiser a Success 2023-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

      Card Signing Party

       
      The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club held its meeting in the beautiful library in Lakeside.  Besides getting a tour of the facility, Rotarians settled in and put on their creative hats to create cards of support for PDG Chuck Pretto who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant.  There was a lot of lobe and support put into designing each card and we know that Chuck will fill the love behind them.
       
       
      Card Signing Party 2023-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

      A Party with a Purpose

      We are THIS close to ending polio!!  Recently, the Coronado Rotary’s annual End Polio Now wine tasting at Rotarian Jim Kaufman’s home was another fantastic sold-out event.  It’s the “party with a purpose” that they love!  The club has raised over $1.2 million and given more than 22 million polio drops to children all over the planet that will never have polio.
       
      A Party with a Purpose 2023-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

      Blood Drive Held by Poway-Scripps Rotary

      The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps were very excited by the strong turnout at their recent blood drive in conjunction with the San Diego Blood Bank. The drive was held in a new location, the old Vons in Scripps Ranch and everyone was bowled over by 22 donors rolling up their sleeves to donate blood.
       
      Thanks to members Don, Jeri and Karen for handling this community service project. As for the second photo, well that deserves an explanation.  Member Karen never met a stranger, and she went hog wild for this fellow who parked his Harley near the bloodmobile. She sidled up to him, asked to sit on his bike with him, yada, yada, yada, you can guess the rest. Club members teased that they hope to see this photo as her 2023 Christmas card.  They added to their Facebook page a call to action: "We promise you, if you join the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps, you too can have this kind of fun."  
       
      Blood Drive Held by Poway-Scripps Rotary 2023-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

      Sign Up to Help Decorate the Rotary Float

       
      Help decorate the Rotary float for the Rose Parade, seen by millions of people throughout the world. Signup began Saturday Sept. 2nd.  Work hand-in-hand with Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors as we cover every inch of the float with flowers and other natural materials. This takes place in a large float barn, where you’ll see many other floats also being built.  Join in - go to www.rotaryfloat.org and register today.

      Become an ambassador club and get entered into a drawing to ride the float!
      Sign Up to Help Decorate the Rotary Float 2023-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

      Don't Miss the Boat!

       
      Registration is open for the District Conference Cruise to Ensenada, which will be a casual, fun, educational, relaxing and affordable weekend cruise on Royal Caribbean's newly remodeled "Navigator of the Seas." The 3-night cruise will depart from Los Angeles at 4pm on Friday afternoon April 26th, sail to and dock in Ensenada and return to Los Angeles at 8am Monday morning April 29th. Our planned Rotary activities include a Welcome Aboard reception on Friday, Saturday Day at Sea with two Rotary General Session meetings and the option to participate in Rotarians at Work projects in Ensenada and a paella lunch on Sunday. 
       
      Don't wait to register. Cabins are going fast!  After you register, join the District Facebook group dedicated to the District Cruise.  You can share information and ask questions, etc.  
       
      Important:  Click "Read More" for some very vital information on the upcoming cruise. 
       
      Don't Miss the Boat! 2023-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      The Rotary theme for September is Basic Education and Literacy.  Also, today is National Grandparents Day.  What better way to celebrate grandparents than to have them read to their grandchildren.  Let us Create Hope in the World through education and literacy.
       
      The 2023 Rotary Zone Institute is in San Diego this year at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley November 8-12, 2023.  This is your opportunity to attend an event designed for learning, fellowship and fun!  It is open to all Rotarians. Click here to learn more and to register.  https://www.zoneinstitute.org/ 
       
      The District 5340 Rotary Foundation Gala is November 10 during the Zone Institute: Click on the button below for more information and to purchase tickets:  

       
      Come join us for an evening of Disco Inferno and help raise funds for The Rotary Foundation.
       
       
       
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

      September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

       
      September is Basic Education and Literacy Month for Rotary.  This is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.  We all know how critical reading and writing are for success in life – for gaining information, communicating, making agreements, and so forth.  Enhancing Basic Education skills and Literacy are essential in reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.  Improvements can reduce maternal death, improve childhood survivability, and reduce poverty.  They can also enable success in business or a profession. 
       
      Projects undertaken by a Rotary Club can address low adult literacy, returning youth to school, enhancing student performance, or supplementing limited school resources.  Listed below are examples of a number of projects in which clubs are engaged. 
       
      Call to Action:  Consider how your club is, or could be, MAKING A DIFFERENCE by supporting basic education and literacy in your community or somewhere else in the world.  
      September is Basic Education and Literacy Month 2023-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

      “Disco Inferno -  Buy your Ticket, Don’t be left out!”

       
      COME IN YOUR BEST DISCO ATTIRE!
      Let's Celebrate!  Let's Party! Friday Night in San Diego!
       
      NO HOST COCKTAIL BAR: 5:30pm to 7pm
       
      LIVE SHOW BAND - FULL STRENGTH!
       
      SILENT AUCTION - JEWELS WITH A PURPOSE
       
      Dinner/Presentation/Dancing: 7pm to 10:30pm
       
      Ticket price: $175Last Day To Purchase Ticket is November 1st!
       
      Opening Remarks: Rotary International President Elect 2024-2025 Stephanie A. Urchick
       
      Featured Guest: Rotary Foundation Trustee and Past Rotary International Vice President Greg Podd
       
      Master of Ceremonies: Inspirational Speaker & Equity Consultant Jordan Harrison,
       
      Join Us in Supporting the Rotary Foundation - Polio Fund!!!
       
      SPONSORED BY FUTURE LEGENDS
       

       
      “Disco Inferno - Buy your Ticket, Don’t be left out!” 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

      Create Hope in the World and Grow Rotary with Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship

      Posted by Brett Morey
       
      Did you know District Governor Don Fipps joined Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship as a Lifetime member more than five years ago?  Not only can Don throw a proper shaka he and his wife Donna quickly embraced Surfers Unite because it attracts members to Rotary while creating fun and relevant service projects in San Diego and across the globe.  Surfers Unite now has members in 38 countries.  There are four SoCal events you just might want to participate in and extend an invite to friends in the surfing community to join as well.  All Surfers Unite events are open to Rotarians, family members, Rotaract, Interact and those who wish to make a difference.  So, what exactly can volunteers do?  Well for those who want to serve on our Life Rolls On crew we will take disabled children and adults surfing.  Volunteers will be working the registration desk, handing out jerseys, assisting with wheelchair transfers, serving as photographers, assisting in the water and many other capacities.  Know a teen or college student considering a career in the medical field?  Let us introduce you to some of the best Occupational and Physical Therapists in Southern California and cheer folks on from the shore.  Register today to serve on Team Pink with Surfers Unite at Huntington Beach August 26 or La Jolla Shores on September 23 and use the opportunity to invite surfers you know in your club.  Know someone who has some mobility challenges?  Get them set up as a participant in Life Rolls On.
       
      Create Hope in the World and Grow Rotary with Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Brett Morey 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

      Golf Tournament Benefiting Boys & Girls Club

       
      Calling all golfers.  The San Marcos Rotary Club is holding its 15 Annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.  Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.  Tee times are starting at 11:00 AM.  Come join in on the fun.  There will be contests, prizes and food.  Register now by go to www.sanmarcosrotarygolf.org.
       
      Golf Tournament Benefiting Boys & Girls Club 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
      SD Downtown Evening Rotary Club Presents Sindashi 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

      Thousand Smiles Major Beneficiary of Talent Contest

      So You Think You've Got Talent San Diego is the fundraiser gala for Old Mission Rotary.  President Stan Vogelsang reported that the 11th annual talent show generated a net profit of $28,514.  

      The Thousand Smiles Foundation received $21,146 which is about 20% of their annual operating budget. Thousand Smiles is a permanent dental clinic in Ensenada Baja composed of doctors, dentists, orthodontists, speech therapists, audiologists, health educators, nurses, and regular volunteers who work to provide dental care, orthodontia, as well as surgical repair of cleft lips/cleft palates for children in Mexico who might otherwise receive no care.  

      The Old Mission Rotary Foundation received $7,369 of the net profits.  These funds will be disbursed to a variety of local programs and organizations.
       
      The show took place on Saturday, May 13 at Francis Parker School and we congratulate Michelle Malin who served as the chair of the event.
       
       
      Photo Caption:  So You Think You've Got Talent San Diego fund raiser Chair Michelle Malin presents a check for $21,146 to Bob Chalfa of Old Mission Rotary and Thousand Smiles
       
      Thousand Smiles Major Beneficiary of Talent Contest 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

      Old Mission Rotary Supports the STAR/PAL Back to School Event

      Old Mission Rotary is proud to support the STAR/PAL Program that connects at risk youth with San Diego law enforcement.  Charlotte Cofield represented Old Mission Rotary at their Back-to-School event on Saturday, August 19 at Colina Del Sol Park where school supplies were distributed to kids from the local underserved community.
       
      Photo caption: Charlotte Cofield is the Community Service Chair of Old Mission Rotary (front row second from right) and Vicki Yates is a Rotarian from the Oregon City Club and a great friend of Old Mission Rotary (front row second far right).
      Old Mission Rotary Supports the STAR/PAL Back to School Event 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotarians Needed to Serve as Advisors for LEAD

      Can you find our current District Governor, Don Fipps in this photo?  He was serving as a LEAD Advisor in 2013!
       
      Please consider volunteering to serve as an Advisor at the LEAD conference on October 14 and 15, 2023. You can make a difference in the lives of 8th grade students as you exemplify leadership and service. Please see the LEAD website at www.rotary5340lead.org for information (complete your registration application by clicking on “Advisors” then “Advisor Application Form”). If you have questions or want to discuss LEAD, please contact Paul Pierce at 760-942-9911 or pepjr@peplaw.com. For a 10-30 minute LEAD presentation at your club, please contact Jim Piburn at (619) 372-8474 or james.piburn_plrc@yahoo.com.
       
      Rotarians Needed to Serve as Advisors for LEAD 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

      Down Time for Newsbits Editor

       
      Our Newsbits Editor is having knee surgery and will be recovering over the next couple of weeks.  As a result, Newsbits will go dark for the next two weeks.  In the meantime, continue to submit articles, etc. to sandyp304@gmail.com and articles will be posted as soon as possible.  
      Down Time for Newsbits Editor 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Today is National Just Because Day.  This day offers up an opportunity to do stuff…just because. It is a Sunday!  So feel free to celebrate this day any way you choose.  Just because!  Every day we all do things that are expected or required of us. Sometimes we even do things because we have to do them; we don’t know why.  Well, on this occasion, that does not apply.  This day is a chance to do something without rhyme or reason.  However, it is my hope for this National Just Because Day, that you do something to Create Hope in the World, just because, after all we are Rotarians and Rotaractors!
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

      Designer Handbags, BINGO, Girlfriends' Night Out

       
      Get ready for a night of excitement and style with our upcoming Purse Bingo event! Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, for a chance to win beautiful designer handbags while enjoying a fun-filled evening with your girlfriends. Early bird tickets are available for just $55 until Sept. 15. But hurry, seating is limited! Plus, you'll be supporting three women-focused charities as all net proceeds from the night will go to them. Don't miss out on the chance to have fun while helping others!
       
      Designer Handbags, BINGO, Girlfriends' Night Out 2023-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Update on PDG Chuck Pretto:

      Chuck goes back to the hospital on August 23rd to begin the process for his stem cell transplant.  He expects to be in the hospital for five weeks.  Then once home, he will need to “shelter at home” to rebuild his immune system.  He very much appreciates everyone’s supports, prayers and well wishes.  Once in the hospital, he can’t receive flowers, but he loves receiving the cards, emails and calls, when appropriate.
       
      Today is National Radio Day to recognize the great invention of the radio. Celebrate the news, information, music, and stories carried across the airwaves.  You may be asking yourself, why does our District Governor care?  I am an FCC licensed amateur radio operator, general class, with the call sign KJ6NQQ.  I am a member of an organization that talks every night at 7 PM across the Western United States to be ready for emergency radio use when conventional communication is no longer available.  Let’s hope that never happens.  http://www.goldenbearnet.org/
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

      The Rotary Minute

       
      What is the best way to improve your members' knowledge of Rotary?  One exemplary way is to dedicate 1 minute to it at every meeting.  All Rotarian Minutes are available online: https://bit.ly/44MRlGi.
      The Rotary Minute 2023-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

      Become Climate Friendly and Sustainable

       
      You're invited to join a webinar with RI President Elect Stephanie Urchick on “Become Climate Friendly and Sustainable.”

      The District Environmental Sustainability Committee is pleased to extend an invitation to join a keynote presentation by RI President Elect Stephanie Urchick on August 26, 2023, 7:30 AM. Pacific Standard Time. Are you concerned about the climate or other environmental issues? You and your club can easily be part of the solution by becoming more climate friendly and sustainable. How? Join the webinar and hear Rotary International President-Elect Stephanie Urchick, Synergy Rotary Fellowship Alliance, and ESRAG leaders share ways you can succeed. More information here.

      RSVP here to receive the zoom link or the recording of the presentation.
       
       
      Become Climate Friendly and Sustainable 2023-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

      8 tips for Building a Strong Social Media Presence

      By Taiwo ‘Orbs’ Okunlola, assistant public image chair for the Rotaract Club of Surulere South, Lagos, Nigeria.  Taken from Rotary Voices.
       
      As a brand marketing consultant and past assistant to my club’s public image chair, I’m consumed with a zeal for putting the Rotaract Club of Surulere South on the map. I want us to be known for the selfless services our members are rendering. I want to motivate others to join us in the work we do.
       
      You see, it’s one thing to carry out projects. It’s another thing to publicize them on Rotary Showcase and social media. Many of us know the importance of social media, but managing social media platforms effectively can be a challenge.
       
      Here are eight tips to build a strong social media presence for your club.
      1. Security: Don’t share your club login details with multiple handlers. This is to protect your club’s reputation from hackers.
      2. Consistency: Post regularly and consistently to keep your followers engaged and interested. If possible, use a content calendar to plan out your posts in advance. 
      3. Engage with your followers: Respond to comments and messages promptly, and make sure to interact with your followers to build relationships and foster a sense of community.
      4. Share fun and engaging content: While it’s important to post about your club’s projects and activities, don’t be afraid to spice things up with other fun, lighthearted content. You can post about relevant holidays and events or showcase your members’ personalities and interests. By sharing a variety of content, you’ll keep your followers interested.
      5. Visual appeal: Use high-quality images and videos in your posts to make them eye-catching. You can also use tools like Canva to create graphics and designs that align with your club’s branding.
      6. Promote your social media presence: Make sure to include links to your social media accounts on your club’s website and social media reference landing pages like Linktree. To increase your reach, encourage your members to share your content with their networks.
      7. Share content from similar NGOs: Sharing content from other NGOs aligned with your club’s mission is a great way to build relationships while expanding your social media visibility. You can share posts from other organizations and give shout-outs to show support for their work.
      8. Finally, understand that public image does not end on social media. It extends to how you respond to prospective members’ direct messages (DMs). Your social accounts might attract prospective members, but failing to respond to their messages could make you lose them.
      Remember to always keep your club’s mission and values in mind when creating content and engaging with your followers. Encourage members to get acquainted with the Brand Center to see all the ways they can use it to support and promote Rotary. Building a strong social media presence is crucial for Rotaract clubs to showcase their projects, attract new members, and build relationships with other organizations. By following these tips, your club can make a significant impact through social media and achieve your goals.
      8 tips for Building a Strong Social Media Presence 2023-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

      Mark Your Calendars for World Polio Day 2023 

       
      Join the global movement on October 24 as Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs around the world take action to promote awareness of polio and raise funding for Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. With poliovirus now being reported in previously polio-free areas, the past few years have truly shown that polio anywhere is a threat to children everywhere.
       
      In this critical year for polio eradication, we need your help to show the world the tenacity of Rotary members in accomplishing an audacious goal: a polio-free world. Visit our World Polio Day webpage for resources and tips on how you and your club can participate in promoting a polio-free world on October 24.
       
      The District’s Don’t Wait Vaccinate Committee (DWV) has joined forces with the District’s Foundation PolioPlus Committee.  Since 1994 the DWV’s mission has been to educate the community on the value of all vaccinations for all ages, especially children, including Polio. 

      The members’ efforts focused on engagement with high schools (Interact), participation with the Department of Health and Human Services attending fairs, distribution of materials and volunteer support when needed.  Going forward the PolioPlus Committee will take the lead focused on supporting The Rotary Foundation to raise awareness and fundraising for PolioPlus and the DWV sub-group will continue to educate the community on the importance of vaccinations.
       
      Upcoming events 2023:

      Month of August – San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Promotes Immunization Month. 
      October 22nd – District Event: Rotaract PolioPlus Walk in Balboa Park.
      October 24th – World Polio Day – Need ideas or Register your Club event at World Polio Day | End Polio. 
       
      Let’s make polio history. Together, we end polio!
       
       
      Contact information: 

      Beth Garrow, District Foundation PolioPlus Chair – bethgarrow@comcast.net
      Jeanne Schmelzer and Cheryl Wilson– Don’t Wait, Vaccinate Subcommittee Co-chairs: jschmelzer@netzelgrigsby.com, cherylaw237@gmail.com
      Emily Chen – District 5340 Rotaract Chair -emilyluo.chen@gmail.com
       
       
      Mark Your Calendars for World Polio Day 2023 2023-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

      First Generation College Students Helped by La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club

      Our local La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is gearing up for the school year at Preuss Charter School, located on UCSD’s campus. Every year these local Rotarians help Preuss School by providing scholarships, student awards, connecting with pupil peers in Afghanistan-sponsored schools, hosting an annual career day, sponsoring 150 pupils to participate in a joint Cygnet Theatre educational program, and engaging the students in Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, Model UN, and the Hands of Peace project.

      The award-winning Preuss Charter focusses on students from low-income families and first-generation college students and has an impressive track record of preparing and admitting students into UCSD and other colleges. The partnership with La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club means more students can make college a reality and be given the tools for success in life.

      Another joint venture between La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotarians and Preuss is the Interact program for high school age students. With meetings held on campus, Preuss students in the Interact Club become immersed in community responsibility through volunteerism. Similar programs can be established at other public schools, through a Rotary club sponsor.
       
      Photo: Peace Pole Donated by La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club installed at The Preuss School UC San Diego in 2022
      First Generation College Students Helped by La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club 2023-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

      Pickleball Tournament Slated for October

       
      The Escondido East Rotary Club is hosting their first Pickleball Tournament/Fundraiser at Castle Creek in Escondido. Proceeds will help out their yearlong of giving to their communities. You can scan the QR code above or sign up on Eventbrite. Space is limited so please do it soon. For more information, you can contact Rotarian's Kevin at 719-291-5286 or Don 760-807-5131. Hope to see you out there.  They will have some fun club competitions. Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/686661481977?aff=oddtdtcreator.
       
      Pickleball Tournament Slated for October 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Welcome Back BBQ for School Staff

       
      Welcome Back FUESD! On Thursday the Rotary Club of Fallbrook held its annual Welcome Back barbeque for the staff of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. FUESD staff took a break from preparing for the coming school year and were treated to a BBQ lunch at Ingold Sports Park. Just their way of thanking them for all they do to care for the children in their community.
      Welcome Back BBQ for School Staff 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Community-Wide School Beautification Day

       
      Santee-Lakeside Rotarians were hard at work supporting Santee School District and Pathway Community Church on School Beautification Day. This annual event occurs prior to the beginning of the new school year.  Beautification efforts were completed at all nine school sites. Projects included weeding, painting, spreading mulch and making each of the schools pretty for students' first day.
      Community-Wide School Beautification Day 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Old Mission Rotary Awarded a Rotary Global Grant for the Thousand Smiles Clinic

      Old Mission Rotary applied and was awarded a Global Grant of $61,000 from the Rotary International Foundation.  The funds will be used for the Thousand Smiles Clinic in Ensenada for solar energy and for vacuum pumps for the surgery suites.
       
      Photo: Bob Chalfa (R) is an old hand at Rotary Global Grants and retired attorney Bob Self crafted the grant request.
      Old Mission Rotary Awarded a Rotary Global Grant for the Thousand Smiles Clinic 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Visit to the Old Globe

      The El Cajon Rotary club had an outing in beautiful Balboa Park this past week.  They specifically came to tour the Old Globe Theatre.  They were met with a very nice surprise.  The volunteer leading the tour was none other than PDG Marge Cole!  Marge has a deep appreciation for the arts, travel and Rotary.  Rotarians were briefed on the history of the Old Globe, given a behind the scenes tour of the theatre itself and a glimpse into the story of the Shakespearean comedy - The Merry Wives of Windsor.
       
      Visit to the Old Globe 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      I want to thank everyone that had already donated to the Maui Fires Relief Fund.  From District 5000 Governor Mark Merriam: “The outpouring of support is incredible.  My email is full of people wanting to know how to help.  We are so grateful for all the care and concern. I have had multiple meetings with Maui folks, they are in shock, but it helps to know Rotary stands with them.” This is how we Create Hope in the World.
       
      Today is National Spirt of “45 Day that honors the can-do attitude of an entire generation affected by the trials and hardships of World War II. Observed every year on the second Sunday in August, communities around the country hold events and memorials. Each one honors those who have inspired us, sacrificed, and preserved our nation for future generations.  The Greatest Generation has left us all a great legacy.  
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Maui Needs Our Help

       
      You have heard about the devastating fires in Maui, Hawaii.  Rotary District 5000 in Hawaii has activated their District Foundation to collect donations and provide relief through the Maui Fire Relief Fund.
       
      Click this link if you wish to donate to this effort.
       
      Maui Needs Our Help 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Upcoming Rotarian-Led Journeys into Cambodia

       
      Just a reminder here about the three upcoming Rotarian-Led Journeys into Cambodia:
       
      • 2023: Sat. Nov 11th to Mon. Nov 20th
      • 2024: Sat. Jan 27th to Mon. Feb 5th
      • 2024: Sat. Feb 17th to Mon. Feb 26th
       
      It’s been several years since we’ve done a November trip. November is beautiful in Cambodia… the rice fields are all a gorgeous green, before harvesting begins. It looks like we will have a smaller group traveling, too, which can lead to all the interactions being more personal. There’s still time to sign up for November. And of course, plenty of time before the January and February trips.
       
      Click here for informational brochure.  Page 3 of the PDF details the trip costs (as low as $995/person, without airfare), and how to reserve. The cost to reserve the trip is $250 per single or $350 per couple (the balance of the trip cost is then paid by 75 days before the trip starts).  To reserve online go to https://fundsustainablecambodia.org/trip-registration.
       
      Upcoming Rotarian-Led Journeys into Cambodia 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Route 78 Rotary Club Serves Lunches

       
      Last week Route 78 Rotary club made lunches on Friday and Saturday for all the patients and their families at Thousand Smiles Clinic in Ensenada.  It was a very good clinic - seven cleft surgeries, four sets of ear tubes and over 130 dental patients!
      Route 78 Rotary Club Serves Lunches 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      School Supplies for Needy Children

       
      With the help of pageant winners, The Fallbrook Village Rotary club just finished a project for the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). EFMP provides school supplies to families for special needs children.
      School Supplies for Needy Children 2023-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Uncorked Carlsbad Coming August 19

       
      Mark your calendars today to join in on the fun at the Rotary Club of Carlsbad’s annual Uncorked Wine & Vine! The festival is on August 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the ViaSat Courtyard Plaza - 2446 Town Garden Road, Carlsbad, 92009.  You can obtain tickets at www.givsum.com or click the QR code above.   We can’t wait to see you. 
      Uncorked Carlsbad Coming August 19 2023-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

      Del Mar’s 19th Annual Sunset Soirée.

       
      Come enjoy the Del Mar sunset from the top of beautiful Del Mar Plaza at the Rotary Club of Del Mar’s 19th annual Sunset Soirée. Take in the dazzling sunset view while enjoying hosted wine, beer, and cocktail tastings, as well as samples of menu items from Del Mar area restaurants.  The event will be on Tuesday September 12, 2023, 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Del Mar Plaza - Ocean View Deck, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014.
       
      Visit www.delmarsunsetsoiree.org for details, tickets, and to explore sponsorship opportunities.  Click "Read More" for additional information.  
       
      Del Mar’s 19th Annual Sunset Soirée. 2023-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

      August is Membership and New Club Development Month

       
      August is when Rotary Clubs around the world focus on membership in Rotary. This is the perfect time to celebrate your club’s members and the amazing work they do in their communities and consider the many options available for strengthening your membership.
       
      Does your club have a plan? Are you executing your own plan to invite your friends and business associates to join your Rotary Club?
       
      There are many ways to join in the celebration.  Click "Read More" to learn about a few activities to get you started.
       
      August is Membership and New Club Development Month 2023-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

      3rd Annual LobsterFest

       
      Enjoy a fun night and help the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary raise funds for their 2023-2024 community and humanitarian projects at their 3rd Annual Baja Style LobsterFest. The event will run from 5:00-9:00 PM on October 14, 2023, in the beautiful courtyard of the Del Mar Hilton. 
       
      For more information, to register for a fun evening, or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit DMSBLobsterfest.com or call Vicky Mallett, Event Chair, at 858-245-7968.  Click "Read More" for additional information.
       
      3rd Annual LobsterFest 2023-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      Today is National Friendship Day, Yes, last week was International Friendship Day.  On the first Sunday in August, National Friendship Day encourages people across the country and world to connect with friends.  Make a new friend or reconnect with an old one.  August is also Membership and New Club Development Month for Rotary International.  What better way to connect with a friend than to invite them to your club’s Rotary meeting or, better yet, your club’s service activity.  Let’s get more people in Rotary to help us Create Hope in the World.
       
      From the week’s club visits: The Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco has a Zero Waste initiative.  Clubs should be looking to reduce waste at their weekly meetings; use reusable dinnerware, divert organic waste from the landfill, recycle properly, offer a vegetarian option in the menu.  For more information of what you may be able to do, contact the District 5340's Environment Sustainability Committee at info@sbeco.org or https://portal.clubrunner.ca/10061/page/zero-waste-committee.
       
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

      East County Rotary Clubs Set Kids Up for Success

      With school just around the corner, East County Rotarians were doing their best to set kids up for success and what better way than to make sure they have the supplies they need to be successful students.
       
      This past week, the La Mesa Rotary Club got busy packing almost 100 backpacks with various supplies for kids going back to school. 
       
       
      The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club did something similar with a program called Buddy's Backpacks. Rotarians donated $620 plus supplies to help meet their club goal of 1,000 full backpacks for kids.  Rotarians will also help with putting bags together and with the distribution (more to come on this).
       
      East County Rotary Clubs Set Kids Up for Success 2023-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Gives a Sheet!

      Every year as part of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club's installation dinner, members of the club donate scores of toilet paper to be given to the East County Transitional Living Center in El Cajon.  The Center is a recovery center for homeless who are trying to get back on their feet.  With the number of clients that are housed at any one time, the need to have toilet paper is essential to the organization.  Appropriately named "Give a Sheet" this service project is one of the club's favorite outreach efforts.  Shown in the picture below are members delivering this much needed commodity.  Much of the paper rolls are stacked waist high behind those who took time out of their day to help club president, Karen Fleck with the delivery. 
       
      Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Gives a Sheet! 2023-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Be a LifeSaver!

       
      Calling all Rotarians - Join in on one of the most impactful service efforts you can participate in - giving life-sustaining blood.  The Rotary Club of Poway Scripps is hosting a blood drive on August 24 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The drive will take place in the Vons parking lot located at 10016 Scripps Ranch Blvd. Scripps Ranch 92131.  Scan the QR code above or click here to schedule an appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Photo ID is required.  Arrive hydrated. 
      Be a LifeSaver! 2023-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Binational Rotary Softball Game Was a Home Run!

       
      Districts 5340 and 4100 held a binational exposition softball game on July 29 at the Unidad Deportiva Tijuana.  Coordinators and ball players hit it out of the park.  Everyone had a great time playing and enjoying a BBQ following the game. This event helped build relations between the two districts and is slated to be an annual softball game. It also opens up the possibility of Rotarians and Rotaractors from District 5340 to participate in some local recreational softball leagues.  
       
      To see a portion of the game, click here to watch the video. 
      Binational Rotary Softball Game Was a Home Run! 2023-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

      International Literacy Day

       
      International Literacy Day is September 8. We encourage members to give in support of basic education and literacy year-round, and especially on and around this day. Through your donation, or by encouraging others to donate, you can empower educators to inspire learning at all ages, increase adult literacy, and reduce gender disparity in education.  This is a great opportunity to give a hand up to those whose lives would change if they were literate.  
      International Literacy Day 2023-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Plan ahead for Celebrate Community Week 

       
      Celebrate Community, an annual collaborative initiative from the service organizations Kiwanis International, Lions International, Optimist International and Rotary International, will take place the week of September 11-17, 2023. Barry Villamil, a member of the Rotary Club of Pearlridge, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, describes working with local Lions clubs to beautify a pedestrian underpass in a blog post for Rotary Voices. Plan your event now and learn more on the event’s Facebook page.
      Plan ahead for Celebrate Community Week 2023-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Nominations Now Open for District Governor

       
      The District 5340 Nominating Committee is now accepting completed application forms for the Governor of District 5340 for Rotary Year 2026 – 2027.  The application deadline is September 30, 2023. 
       
      All nominations must be submitted on the District Governor-Nominee Application Form.  
       
      Fully completed forms can scanned and emailed to Dan Gensler at dgensler@wealthenhancement.com or submitted to the District mailing address: District 5340 – DG Nomination Committee, 5052 Clairemont Drive #178651, San Diego, CA  92117. 
       
      Qualifications for District Governor are prescribed by the Rotary International Manual of Procedures (RIMOP). 
       
      Click "Read More" to continue.
       
      Nominations Now Open for District Governor 2023-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Friendship Exchange Unites Members from across the Globe

      Posted by RI: Megs S. Lunn
       
      Edwin Bos and his family have visited India, Nepal, and most recently, the Philippines, through one of Rotary’s unique programs, Rotary Friendship Exchange. This exchange program gives Rotary members and their families the chance to experience new cultures — and make lifelong friends — by staying in the homes of Rotarians in other countries.
       
      "Participating in the exchange was the best decision I’ve made as a Rotarian."

      Ellen Waldmer
      Member of the Rotary Club of Jefferson, Wisconsin, USA
       
      Bos, assistant governor of District 6250 in Wisconsin, USA, led 13 Rotary members and their families on an exchange to the Philippines, where they stayed with Rotarians in District 3850. While there, they visited several projects, including a depository for shoe donations, a library’s computer literacy program, and a clean water initiative. Participants also enjoyed local festivals and learned about ecotourism in the Philippines.
       
      Rotary members hike on Mararison Island, Antique, Philippines
       
      Rotary Friendship Exchange fosters interclub collaboration, with the goal of advancing international understanding and peace through service projects and spending time together.
       
      Bos’ district has worked on several international service projects, including a global grant project with the Rotary Club of Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines, that provided clean water.
       
      “Participating in the exchange was the best decision I’ve made as a Rotarian,” says Ellen Waldmer, of the Rotary Club of Jefferson, Wisconsin, USA. “I had the opportunity to see a water project our clubs and others helped fund and celebrate with the children and families it benefited.
       
      “We’ve made so many new Rotary friends while visiting our host families and clubs. It’s an experience we will treasure for years to come,” she adds.
       
       
      Rotary Friendship Exchange Unites Members from across the Globe RI: Megs S. Lunn 2023-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

      A Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
       
       
      Today is International Day of Friendship and was designated by the United Nations General Assembly. On July 30, we step back and get thankful for these relationships worldwide, as they promote and encourage peace, happiness, and unity.  This is what happens in Rotary.  I am happy to say that the members of my club are my friends. According to a Mayo Clinic article, friendships can have a major impact on your health and well-being, but it's not always easy to develop or maintain friendships. Let's Create Hope in the World by understanding the importance of social connections in your life and what you can do to develop and nurture lasting friendships. 
       
      One of the ways the district promotes friendships is through its Rotary Night at the Padres.  This past Tuesday, July 25, the Padres played against the Pittsburgh Pirates and won 5 to 1. All 52 of us in attendance had a great time in fellowship with one another. The next Rotary Night at the Padres is August 22 against the Miami Marlins and is sold out.   
       
      In support of today's International Day of Friendship on you might consider learning about Rotary's Friendship Exchange.  Rotary Friendship Exchanges allow participants to experience new cultures, expand their global understanding, and immerse themselves in service opportunities, all while building lifelong friendships. 
      A Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

      Rancho BEERnardo Festival Slated for October

       
      The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival fundraiser on Saturday, October 21, 2023, from 2:00-5:00 PM.  A special early first-hour tasting of special brews will be held for VIPs from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  The festival will take place at Webb Park at the corner of Bernardo Center Drive and Avena Place in Rancho Bernardo.  
       
      The festival will have 30+ top-rated breweries with 70+ of the best rated beers available in Southern California. Wine tastings are also offered from regional wineries, along with live music, delicious food and fun games. 

      If you’re ready to buy, good news - SAVE $15.00 on VIP tickets - but only until August 21!  For more information about tickets, participating breweries and wineries, visit RBFEST.COM. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event. 
       
      Rancho BEERnardo Festival Slated for October 2023-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

      Congratulations to Rotary Clubs Earning Rotary Citations

       
      The Rotary Citation awards recognize the hard work clubs do throughout the year. Working to achieve the citation goals helps clubs engage their members, stay relevant in their communities, and run more efficiently. A welcoming and engaging club not only fosters a positive experience for its members, but also reflects the values of Rotary. When clubs achieve citation goals, they contribute to the overall health and culture of Rotary for generations to come.  Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to the Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.
       
      Congratulations to the following Rotary clubs for achieving their goals and receiving this recognition.  
       
      Congratulations to Rotary Clubs Earning Rotary Citations 2023-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

      Sunset Sip n" Sail

       
      Enjoy a beautiful night on the water.  The Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake is sailing away on August 26, 2023, for an evening of drinking dancing and music.  Want to join them?  Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased through Venmo.  Use the QR code above.  
      Sunset Sip n" Sail 2023-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotary magazine’s 2023 Photo Awards

      Posted by Jacqueline Cantu, art director, Rotary magazine
      See the world courtesy of this year’s award-winning photographers.

      Writing in the Rotary magazine in 1946, Paul Harris remarked that “travel is a good corrective for … mental near-sightedness.” The same holds true for photography, especially if, like Rotary itself, the photographer takes a global perspective.
       
      To verify that observation you need look no further than this issue of Rotary magazine, where we reveal the finalists in this year’s Photo Awards. Including the cover, there are a dozen photographs that carry us from Egypt to Idaho, from Nigeria to Taiwan. Along the way we see everything from an intimate moment as a medical team prepares for surgery to a sweeping nightscape illuminated by an aurora borealis.
       
      Though they are shot in different parts of the world, employ distinct palettes, and evoke different emotions, all of these photographs have in common an unseen beauty. These days we’re constantly bombarded with images — and in an era of AI and CGI, it can be difficult to know if what we’re seeing is real. But in these 12 photos we have the privilege of standing in the photographers’ shoes and experiencing an honest understanding of a particular moment.
       
      That generosity of spirit is another Rotary trait.
       
      By sharing their pictures, the photographers enable the rest of us to join them on their journey.
       
      Rotary magazine’s 2023 Photo Awards Jacqueline Cantu, art director, Rotary magazine 2023-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

      Message from District Governor Don Fipps

       
      As District Governor, one of the most enjoyable things you get to do is visit all 69 clubs.  This past week on Thursday, I made my first club visit at lunch to my home club, the Rotary Club of Del Mar with President Matt Kurth.  I had the honor of many of our Past District Governors including District Governor Elect Dianne Crawford and District Governor Nominee Luis Carranza attend the meeting.  That evening, I made my second club visit to the Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise with President Gina Woodard, and yes for dinner.  I love it when clubs meet at different time to accommodate their members.  Joining me on the club visits were my Chief Aide Kay Barron, my wife Donna with our Canine Companion puppy, Rosebud.
       
      Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.  Take a bow, vanilla. I scream, you scream, we all scream for…VANILLA ICE CREAM!  Yes, you remember correctly, last Sunday was National Ice Cream Day, what can I say, we love ice cream.
       
       
       
      Message from District Governor Don Fipps 2023-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

      District 5340 Conference Cruise

       
      Don't miss the boat! Do you want to attend a District conference that will be fun, educational and relaxing?  Then you need to join Rotarians across the District for an affordable weekend cruise from Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico. 
       
      The conference will include:
       
      Friday:     Welcome Aboard reception
      Saturday: Day at Sea with 2 General Sessions
      Sunday:   Option to participate in Rotarians at Work projects in Ensenada in conjunction with local Rotary clubs or you can stay on the boat or you can explore Ensenada on your own or you can stay on the ship. 
       
      Click on the Watch Video button below.  Once you see it, you will want to sign up to attend this amazing conference.  for any questions you may have, please send email to: d5340conferencecruise@gmail.com.  To register, click here.
                
      District 5340 Conference Cruise 2023-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
      Sister District Raising Money for Clean Water in Schools 2023-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

      People of Action - Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club

      Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary is making a big effort to help the North County Food Bank.  This past Thursday, July 20, 15 Rotarians packed hundreds of packing bags and over 2,500 pounds of produce.
       
      People of Action - Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club 2023-07-21 07:00:00Z