Sunday Morning Musings - June 20, 2021 2021-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Max Gurney

 
Rotarian Max Gurney recently observed his 100th birthday by traveling to Monaco, where he was and still is well-known as a friend and associate of Prince Rainier, Princess Grace, and the entire Grimaldi family. Max is a veteran of World War II and a career executive with Pan Am Airlines. He has been a Rotarian for 57 years, and he’s still counting!

The Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club will commemorate our long-time member at a special, in-person noon meeting on Wednesday, June 30 at the Mt. Soledad Veteran Memorial. Rotarians who wish to join our celebration should contact Gordon Shurtleff <plssunrise@sbcglobal.net> or Henri Migala <hmigala@hotmail.com> for information about the meeting and the modest cost of lunch. 
 
 
 
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La Jolla Sunrise Rotary recognized San Pasqual Academy 2021 Rotary Scholars

 
San Pasqual Academy (SPA) is a San Diego County first-in-the-nation, residential education campus designed specifically for foster youth.  SPA has developed a remarkable 20 year, “Best in the Nation”, 95% high school graduation rate for foster children. This is particularly amazing compared to the nation wide foster child high school graduation rate of 50%.  
 
This week, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary with a matching grant from the Paula and Oliver Jones Family Foundation, awarded Rotary Scholarships to nine graduating seniors who elected to continue their education.  These nine Rotary Scholars are continuing their education thru a combination of trade schools,  junior colleges or four-year colleges.
 
La Jolla Sunrise Rotary recognized San Pasqual Academy 2021 Rotary Scholars 2021-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary provides grant to the Waldorf School

 
On Tuesday, June 15th the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $6,000 grant to the Waldorf School of San Diego located in City Heights. Funds will be used to purchase tools to help maintain buildings and landscaping. Pictured (L-R) Director of Development Andrew Holets, Art Pratt Foundation President Eric Benink, Art Pratt Foundation Board Members Cynthia Drake and Charlotte Cofield, Waldorf School Facilities Manager Pete Barber and Art Pratt Foundation Board Member Judi Copeland.
Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary provides grant to the Waldorf School 2021-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Joint Effort to Protect the Environment 

Coronado Rotary Club’s Committee to Protect the Environment (CPE) teamed up with Chula Vista-Eastlake Rotary Club on Saturday morning, June 5th to collect trash in recognition of World Environment Day. They cleaned along Frontage Road and the Bay Bike Path near the south San Diego Bay.  The 30+ members of Coronado’s CPE are joined by others in the club almost every weekend to clean along the bay, the Silver Strand, or Orange Avenue. These are in addition to over 18 years of monthly beach clean-ups hosted by the club. 
 
Rotarians felt great about the positive impact they made at this partnering event between clubs in support of the new Rotary International Area of Focus which emphasizes local, national, and international actions to protect the environment. 
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - June 13, 2021

 
The Need to Serve
 
In 1943 Abraham Maslow wrote a paper entitled: “A Theory of Human Motivation.” 
 
The paper explored in a pyramid fashion how one moves from the lowest level of the pyramid up to the highest of five levels.  As one achieves and becomes satisfied at one level, they are then motivated to move on to the next level.  And so on.
 
The lowest level of the pyramid is physiological needs.  These include things that are essential for survival.  Such as food, water, warmth, rest and breathing.  Once those needs are met, one is ready to move up the pyramid to the next level.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - June 13, 2021 2021-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Live at the Rotary International Convention

 
Fresh off a recent beach clean-up event with high school students from University City High School, Rotarians and Rotaractors joined up to beautify Mission Beach.  The crew filled more than 24 buckets of trash and recyclables in less than two hours and the buckets, trash bags and gloves were donated by Dixieline Lumber.  This was all part of the Surfers Unite Rotary Fellowship.
 
Discover not only how this exciting Rotary Fellowship is expanding the Family of Rotary in District 5340 but in 32 countries around the globe.  Learn how you can use your hobbies and interests to successfully grow your club. 
 
Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Live at the Rotary International Convention 2021-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Rotary International Convention:
Registration Now Open!

 
Registration is now open for the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas. Join us next year to explore what’s possible in Rotary, in Houston, and in yourself.  
 
Whether you’re new to Rotary or a longtime member, it will be an unforgettable experience. Learn more at convention.rotary.org/houston. 
 
Register and pay by June 16, 2021 to take advantage of the promotional rate of $425. Don’t miss your chance to Discover New Horizons at the 2022 Rotary International Convention!
 
2022 Rotary International Convention:Registration Now Open! 2021-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

North City Rotarians Help Poway Food Connection

Rotarians from the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club expanded its efforts in support of the Poway Food Connection (Food Bank). 
 
What started as fruit picking from small local orchards and then donating the crop to the Food Bank has now evolved to also helping regularly to collect donations from grocery stores and packing boxes of items for the Food Banks’ three-times a week pickup schedule.
 
Over time, some members of the Rancho Bernardo Noon Rotary Club  became volunteers as well seeing that there was a continuing need for help. The Poway Food Connection supplies over 700 boxes of food to needy families in North County weekly!
 
Additionally, the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club  stepped up to paint the facility and conduct minor repairs over the past year.  Recently, it was determined that there was a need for a new entrance ramp and patio flooring.  After all the work in securing estimates and obtaining funding was arranged, the cost of lumber doubled.  To the rescue came both the Rancho Bernardo Noon Rotary Club and the San Diego North Sunrise Rotary Club who donated the extra funds to finish the job.  San Diego North also joined in on the rebuilding project.  
 
This is a shining example of the power of Rotary – a  need is identified -  then things get done.  If a club needs help, other clubs step up to lend a hand and soon it is a collaboration!
 
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Padres Versus the Cubs

"Take me out to the ball game...if they don't win it's a shame."  Well, the Cubs took the game from our Padres but we all managed to have a great time as Rotarians.  Charlie Crew from Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club was especially excited that he caught the Padre's home run ball! Special thanks to Erika Rodriguez for handling the logistics on the e-tickets.  Truly "Service Above Self."
 
Pictured:  From Left to Right are classmates: Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle (2013-14), Chuck Pretto, District Governor Elect Designate and Past President of Club 33 (SD Downtown), District Governor Steven Weitzen and Past President of the Rotary Club of Del Mar Solana Beach as well as International Photographer and Brand Marketing Coach Nikki Incandella.  Steve and Chuck were right, Nikki will be a Rotarian soon enough simply by being a friend of Brett's.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - June 6, 2021

 
Our member profile this month is on Rotarian and Assistant Governor, Luis Carranza.
 
Luis is a member of the Rancho Santa Fe club.  He is a Past President and has served as an Assistant Governor for Area 8 (Old Mission, Kearney Mesa San Diego, Southeast San Diego, the E-club - Marian Pavlovich and the Mission Gorge Rotary club).
 
Sunday Morning Musings - June 6, 2021 2021-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Coronado Rotarians Celebrate with Sharp

 
On Friday, May 28, Rotary Vaccine Volunteers gathered to celebrate the 50,000th COVID 19 vaccine administered at the Sharp Coronado satellite clinic.  The Rotary Club of Coronado donated well over 2,000 hours to help keep people safe from the pandemic.  Alongside other volunteers and Sharp Coronado staff, our dedicated team worked all shifts Monday through Friday starting in January to support and provide shots to the large numbers of people seeking vaccinations. Rotarians made patients feel welcome, calmed their nerves and moved them through the process efficiently.   
 
Sharp HealthCare is more than grateful for this outstanding volunteer effort.  
 
 
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Call for Volunteers!

 
Your District’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force will be conducting some much needed spring cleaning and beautification projections the morning of June 19 at a human trafficking survivor safe house in the South Bay. The facility is operated by GenerateHope. Approximately 10 slots remain. Lunch will be provided. Contact Dave Oates at david@publicrelationssecurity.com if you’re interested. 
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Torrey Pines Rotarian Max Gurnery turns 100!

 
Torrey Pines Rotarian Max Gurney with San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria on Memorial Day at the Mt Soledad Veterans Memorial. Max is a WWII veteran and served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He will be celebrating his 100th birthday on June 10th in Monaco.
Torrey Pines Rotarian Max Gurnery turns 100! 2021-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor, Steve Weitzen, Inducted Eight Paul Harris Fellows from Escondido Rotary After 5 Club

On May 19th, Escondido Rotary After Five had their first official in person meeting at Fusion Restaurant in Escondido since the pandemic closed the club's live meetings. Club members received their COVID-19 vaccinations and Club Service Director, Carol Szytel, was able to organize a meeting room that complied with COVID protocols.
 
A delicious lasagna dinner was served and club members were joined by  special guests District Governor, Steve Weitzen and Assistant Governor, Bret Geernaert present to induct eight new Paul Harris Fellows (PHF). International Service Director, Kela Sconce, worked tirelessly to help the last eight members obtain their PHF and with these inductions, After Five has a 100% Paul Harris Fellow membership!

The evening was a great celebration of Rotarians that continue to help the club's community with service and treasure despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic. Everyone had a great time catching up and being able to share some fellowship outside a video screen. They were honored to share this great milestone with Governor Steve Weitzen, AG Bret Geernaert, and Rancho Bernardo Rotarian Gayla Williams and Golden Triangle Rotarian Bev Fritschner. Club Secretary, Gary Szytel, who just celebrated his 39th Rotaversary opened the meeting with a beautiful song.
 
A video of the song and Governor Steve’s address to the club can be seen on the After Five webpage Home Page and Facebook page. 
 
District Governor, Steve Weitzen, Inducted Eight Paul Harris Fellows from Escondido Rotary After 5 Club 2021-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
The Environment Area of Focus will be well represented at RICON21!  2021-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo acts on Diversity and Inclusion Issues

 
The murder of George Floyd last year and the increasing awareness of the need for diversity, inclusion, and equity in society struck a nerve with several RB Rotary Club members.  So, in March 2019, incoming President Alex Robertson asked John Goodrich to head a team to see how we could make a difference.

Beginning with three (3) members meeting weekly, and eventually growing to a committee of nine (9),  the Diversity in Action Committee brainstormed, made a lot of phone calls, traveled several dead ends, hit COVID stimies, and eventually found some successes. All research and planning searched for:
 
  • Better understanding cultures and issues foreign to most members, and
  • Taking action. They updated the club several time during the year.
 
The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo acts on Diversity and Inclusion Issues 2021-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

A new skill set for Santee-Lakeside Rotarians

On Saturday, May 22, Rotarians from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club showed up bright and early at the East County Transitional Care Center (homeless shelter open to families who want to have long-sustaining sobriety and a relationship with God) located in El Cajon.  
 
Club members helped beautify the center's playground with pulling weeds, hedge trimming and landscape management.  The highlight of the day was the interaction between Rotarians and residents of the facility.  Much can be said for personal story sharing and mutual respect for those who have been down on their luck or fighting addiction battles.  
 
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary club is involved in supporting the East County Transitional Center with not only landscape management but also with grants for various projects.   In addition, the club sponsors a "Give a Sheet" toilet paper drive each year.  Give a Sheet is the club's service project culminating at the annual  installation event at the end of June when Rotarians fill the stage with reams of toilet paper.   One can only imagine how much toilet paper the center goes through in a year's time.
 
A new skill set for Santee-Lakeside Rotarians 2021-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - May 30, 2021

 
What’s It All About?
 
I have been thinking about what it means to be in Rotary and what Rotary means to us and those we serve.  Rotary really meets the needs of people of all ages - from womb to tomb.  Everyone benefits from Rotary as lives are touched all over the globe.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - May 23, 2021

 
Diversity Equity Inclusion
 
With five weeks left in this Rotary year, I am beginning to reflect on where we have been, what we have done and where we go from here.  I came into this term with high hopes to make a difference; to advance the ball and change that which could be changed and accept that which could not yet be changed.
Sunday Morning Musings - May 23, 2021 2021-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Chili and Quakers 

 
We are thrilled to invite you to our 2021 Chili and Quackers Challenge! As a past participant in our Rotary club events, you know how much fun we can quack up! Join us at Viewpoint Brewing Co. on June 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM to watch the races in person or watch the Zoom broadcast! 

Three Cup races feature organizations and activities supported by the Rotary Club of Del Mar.
 
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Pads at the Border

La Jolla Golden Triangle’s newest project comes to life during border visit on May 12
 
La Jolla Golden Triangle’s International Committee (Committee) has just taken on a cross-border project called Pads at the Border. Rotarians, Fary Moini and Jan Percival, a recent SDSU graduate and Rotaractor McKenna Avery visited the border last Wednesday to deliver pads and other supplies.
 
When Rotarians pulled their car into the middle of Tijuana’s migrant street camp, the call went out quickly: “Mujeres! Solamente Mujeres!” (Women! Only Women!) and within 45 minutes, they finished distributing over 1,200 sanitary pads to a long line of women and teenage girls.
 
These women and girls are among the 1,500 residents of the El Chaparral migrant camp, just a stone’s throw from the U.S. border. This unofficial – and unwanted – tent city materialized in February, shortly after President Biden’s inauguration. Fleeing violence at home in Central America, Haiti and Africa, these migrants refuse to leave as they wait for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S.
 
Rotarians visited in order to help relieve the distress of women and teenage girls whose menstruation is a monthly nightmare. With no money to purchase pads and no privacy to wash and dry their underwear, it’s a barbaric and humiliating situation, with the potential to be a public health crisis. 
 
Before heading back to San Diego, they made a second stop at the Templo Embajadores church located in the rugged Scorpion Canyon on the west side of Tijuana. This church-turned-shelter now houses an additional 500-600 asylum-seekers. They quickly distributed clean, new underwear to women and girls, in addition to Pedialyte purchased at Costco in Tijuana. Dehydration is taking a terrible toll on some of the children housed at Templo Embajadores. 
 
Committee members realize that long-term solutions are beyond their short-term scope, but they are committed to helping NOW. With support from organizations like Rotary, they hope to continue our deliveries as long as there are women and teenage girls in these grievous circumstances.
 
Their recent visit was made possible by their alliance with Linda Carroll, co-founder of One Story at a Time, a non-profit that provides humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable people and sentient beings in Mexican border towns. Case manager Maria Lourdes Arias Trujillo (known as “Lulu”) was their guide and translator. A long-time humanitarian activist, Lulu’s compassionate familiarity among the migrants made their visit to the street camp, and shelter, feel non-invasive. 
 
To neighbors, friends and Rotarians who donated to support this visit, please know that the Committee members pledge to use all resources with integrity and care. They will not give up. To donate to Pads at the Border, please visit just1atatime.org. Where it says “ write us a comment” please designate “Pads at the Border.”
 
 
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Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for June 21

 
 
The Rotary Clubs of El Camino Real and Oceanside invite you to join them for their 40th annual golf tournament on Monday, June 21, at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside. It will be a scramble format.  For sponsorship and registration information, please go to their website or scan the QR code below.  They look forward to seeing you for a fun day of golf. 
 
 
 
Charity Golf Tournament scheduled for June 21 2021-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Conference to be held next month

 
 
 
Do you care deeply about your community and looking for ideas to bring about positive change?  Registration is live for the Rotary Peace Fellow Global Peace Conference on June 19, 2021.   24 hours of peace talks, skills-based workshops, and networking is an opportunity you will not want to miss! This virtual event is free.
 
Learn more and register for FREE by visiting https://bit.ly/3tM83lL.
 
 
 
Rotary Peace Conference to be held next month 2021-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Flying Leathernecks Museum is the recipient of grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary recently issued a grant to the Flying Leathernecks Museum.  The grant for $6,000 was accepted by retired Colonel USMC Victor Bianchi and retired Brigadier General USMC Mike Aguilar.  The funds will be used for electronic equipment for their oral history programs and presentation capabilities. 
 
The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum is a United States Marine Corps aviation museum has been operating at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar since 1999. 

Unfortunately, The museum can no longer use the land on the air station and has been closed. The museum leadership are looking for a new home with both a physical location and a larger online presence.

The museum contains exhibits and artifacts relating to the history and legacy of United States Marine Corps Aviation. The outdoor exhibits included 31 historical aircraft, multiple military vehicles and equipment. Indoor exhibits featured photographs, artifacts and artwork from the early days of aviation to the present. The museum maintains and restores vintage aircraft used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) through work performed by employees and volunteers. In the last 12 months, 28,000 people from around the world came to the museum.
 
 
Photo Caption: One of the many impressive aircraft displays at the Flying Leatherneck Museum is the "Lady Ace 09," the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter evacuated Ambassador Graham Martin from the rooftop of the American Embassy in Saigon in 1975 during the last hours of the Vietnam War.
 
Flying Leathernecks Museum is the recipient of grant 2021-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Contribute to local Rotary causes - Get a Ring Thing®!

 
 
Kimberly Schafer, Past President of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club and District 5340 AHT Steering Committee Member, is donating $1 from each sale of her Ring Thing products to local human trafficking efforts. 
 
Use the Ring Thing® at the gym, salon, golf course, while traveling or at home. The Ring Thing will give you peace of mind knowing your treasured rings are protected and close to you. And it makes a perfect gift!
 
Contribute to local Rotary causes - Get a Ring Thing®! 2021-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Fallbrook Rotary Celebrates 75 Years!

 
Congratulations to the Fallbrook Rotary Club on their 75th Anniversary
 
The Club continues to thrive and just recently welcomed four new members: Bob Coleman, Patty Sargent, Janet Silver, and Kenneth Wesson.  Pictured below are the initial Charter Members of the Fallbrook Rotary Club. 
 
Fallbrook Rotary Celebrates 75 Years! 2021-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2021 Rotary District Conference 

 
 
Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2021 Rotary District Conference 
 
To help ensure the success of our annual conference, we are opening up sponsorship opportunities! All the details for sponsorship levels of platinum, diamond, gold, and silver for the 2021 District Conference can be found on the Sponsorship page. In addition to sponsorship levels, there are naming opportunities for the Friday and Saturday evening events. 
 
Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2021 Rotary District Conference 2021-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian's reflect on the future of the Rotary school in Afghanistan

 
Recently, Diane Bell, Columnist for the San Diego Union Tribune featured an article about Rotarian Fary Moini’s  and the Golden Triangle Rotary Club’s long-time efforts to build and run a girl’s school in Afghanistan and the implications that the impending withdrawal of American troops from the area may have on the school, it’s girls and the future of women’s rights.  The article is below and is printed in its entirety.  
Rotarian's reflect on the future of the Rotary school in Afghanistan 2021-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - May 16, 2021

 
Marge Cole
 
Marge Cole, Past District Governor 2009-2010, is still very much involved with our clubs and District.  She chairs the Foundation committee and is the advisor for the City Heights Rotaract club and the newest chartered club - the Mission Gorge club.  And, there is so much more to Marge than that.  Her story is so compelling.  Let’s find out the rest of the story.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - May 16, 2021 2021-05-13 07:00:00Z 0

Governor's Dinner - SOLD OUT

 
 
We have great news -the Governor's Dinner has SOLD OUT!  You can still participate from home by joining in via Zoom.  Please register for Zoom with the link below.
 
Cocktails: 5:30PM to 6:15PM
Program and Dinner: 6:30PM
 
Governor's Dinner - SOLD OUT 2021-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Global Grant partners need to provide medical equipment to Uganda 

 
Rotarians, here is a rare opportunity for your club and its members to have a significant and lasting impact on health outcomes in Equatorial Africa.
 
Uganda has 47 million people in a country the size of Oregon.  It has an extensive network of 3165 hospitals and clinics. 2930 of these are outpatient (some including maternity) facilities.  Our host country sponsor, the Naguru, Kampala Rotary Club, with NGO Bulamu Healthcare International, Uganda, have identified a great need for vital signs equipment in outpatient facilities in that country. 

Taking vital signs for each outpatient visit has been the standard of care in Western medicine for decades. However, because Uganda’s outpatient facilities lack basic equipment and supplies, only 1-2% regularly check breathing, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and the like. As a result, serious health conditions are going undiagnosed and not treated. (Bulamu’s research shows that when adults have their BP taken, 23% are diagnosed with serious health conditions (e.g., Hypertension).) With this equipment and training we can help identify health issues early, allowing healthcare providers to provide or refer patients to the medications or treatments they need.
 
Global Grant partners need to provide medical equipment to Uganda 2021-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional celebrates its 9th
 anniversary with a gala
 

 
A hybrid event - in-person and online was successfully held on Saturday, April 3, 2021, where Rotarians and friends from the San Diego-Tijuana community attended the Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional Ninth Anniversary Gala to raise funds for the club's ongoing projects, primarily the construction of water treatment plants for nine schools located in the rural area of Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico. Hosting a top fashion show and live concert by local talent, the in-person portion of the event was held in Torre Cosmopolitan, only minutes away from the San Ysidro port of entry, with strict adherence to hygiene guidelines.
 
All proceeds from the event will fund Rotary’s efforts to provide clean water to schools and children in rural areas as well as other club projects.

"Our cause efforts have been possible thanks to the support of 19 Rotary clubs and 10 districts that joined our water project. Our mission is to continue with this type of action for the benefit of the most vulnerable population," said Joselyn Mejia, President of Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional.
 
Congratulations to the Club for a very successful event!
Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional celebrates its 9th anniversary with a gala  2021-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

Please Help India

 
In January 2020, three Rotarians and their wives from the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo traveled to India to participate in a Mega Polio Campaign hosted by the Rotary Club of Agra Tajmahal in Agra, India.  It was an amazing journey and experience that was truly life changing.  
 
In light of the crises facing India with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo is raising money to help our fellow Rotarians in Agra, India provide COVID-19 Support Kits to community members.  India is experiencing an unprecedented surge of people flooding hospitals after testing positive.  These kits will allow people to quarantine at home while monitoring their temperature and oxygen levels.   Check out a current story on KGTV 10 https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/rancho-bernardo-rotary-club-answers-call-for-help-from-indian-group.
 
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Join Us for a Round of Golf!

 
Rotary Golf Roundup—June 7—Twin Oaks 

Join us on June 7, 2021 at Twin Oaks Golf Course (San Marcos) beginning at 10:00 AM.  The cost for the round is $55.00, which includes cart and range balls.  The snack and beverage bars are open for 19th hole fellowship.  We will have a Closest to the Pin contest for men and women.

Get a group together from your club and join us for fun and fellowship on the golf course.  Contact Tee Times Coordinator Bret Geernaert at (bretg2019pres@gmail.com ) or 858-354-9002 to reserve  a tee time for yourself and golfers from your club.  

If you can’t make it this date, mark your calendars for July 12 at Balboa 18 Golf Course in San Diego.  More information on this coming out soon.
 
Join Us for a Round of Golf! 2021-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

Looking for a Home

San Diego Coastal Rotary Club 'adopted' a Syrian refugee family in 2016. It started with simple 'welcome to America' gifts but members have become very close to this family over the years. They have taken them on field trips, secured them a car and celebrated holidays together. The family, feeling the love,  has participated in the Club's service projects like Feeding San Diego. Rotarian, Jenny Parker helped dad open his first checking account and get a credit card. She was able to help one of the children get into Preuss next year!  She taught mom to drive and the kids to swim. In return, she had some wonderful meals and memories. The family honored her by naming their youngest child after her (Jana). 
 
One of the toughest problems for the family has been housing. They (all 9 of them) have been living in the same two-bedroom  apartment (600 square feet) since they arrived. It has been impossible to find another larger affordable place to rent.  They were unable to get into  Section 8 housing, low income housing or secure a home from Habitat for Humanity. This last year has been exceptionally hard with the pandemic stay at home orders. The apartment they live in is falling apart and the area is horribly crime-ridden.  Graciously, Jenny has decided to buy a house and let them rent. The kids can have a back yard and mom will have a kitchen for a catering business.
 
It's probably the worst time to buy a home in San Diego because there is so little on the market and prices are skyrocketing and the competition is fierce.  Homes are selling over the asking price in less than 24 hours of being on the market.  
 
Jenny has met all kinds of generous Rotarians interested in helping this family in various ways but she is looking for anyone who can help them find a home. She is looking in Southeast San Diego with a price range of $500 -$550K.  Fellow Rotarian Craig Hothem is the real estate agent.   If anyone knows of any potential leads, please let Jenny know.  She can be reached at 619-985-2999.
 
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - May 9, 2021

 
Where Do We Go From Here?
 
The most frequently asked questions I have encountered the past few weeks are:
 
When will our club meet in person again?  And, how is that going to work?
 
I have no magic bullet in answer to these questions.  I do have some thoughts and suggestion to share.  
 
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Sharp Coronado Vaccination Coordinator Ana Ramirez Receives Rotary Service Award

 
The Coronado Rotary Club’s Bob Watson “Service Above Self” Award was presented to Ana Ramirez at the Community Center/COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Wednesday, April 21 meeting of Rotary.  She was nominated by Rotarians Nora Allen, Mary Griffin and Steve Duermeyer.  Ana is Sharp Coronado Hospital’s Patient and Volunteer Coordinator.  

At the height of the holiday surge of COVID-19 cases, on January 13, Ana was tapped to establish the clinic and coordinate more than 500 volunteers to support and administer vaccines at the Coronado Community Center.  Scheduling and managing this number of volunteers is difficult, but Ana handles every encounter gracefully and deploys her volunteer team very effectively, constantly adapting to changing circumstances.  When one reads of the long delays at other vaccination sites, Ana’s ability to manage the demands seems all the more remarkable, as those receiving vaccinations at the Coronado site have minimal wait time. 
 
Sharp Coronado Vaccination Coordinator Ana Ramirez Receives Rotary Service Award 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

San Diego Coastal Rotary Club sponsors 300 meals

 
The San Diego Coastal Rotary Club sponsored 300 meals with the USO for Servicemen this last Wednesday night and was able to deliver the meals and toys in person. It happened to be on 'dress as your favorite superhero' night so they came in costume to deliver the meals. It was one of the most fun and rewarding service projects the club has experienced.
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Sunday Morning Musings - May 2,2021

 
 
Youth Services Month
 
May is Youth Services Month in the Rotary world.  We, in District 5340, are very involved in youth services and programming.  We have covered some of the programs in  earlier Musings.  Now we will take an overall look at what it is we do.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - May 2,2021 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Three Clubs unite to help community garden 

 
On Saturday, April 24, Rotarians at Work Day,  three Rotary clubs teamed up to put the finishing work into the La Mesa Community Garden at MacArthur Park. La Mesa Sunrise, El Cajon Sunset and La Mesa built 2 new planters and carried them into the garden, removed weeds, moved large rocks to line the bottom of the fence, built some metal shelves, leveled the ground, added mulch and spread it out to cover the bare dirt, and filled the planters with garden soil!
 
The La Mesa Community Garden at MacArthur Park opened yesterday, May 1.  The garden has 41 plots, including four that are ADA accessible.
 
The garden sits near the city's public swimming pool, net to the former site of the clubhouse for Sun Valley Golf Course, which closed in 2017.
Three Clubs unite to help community garden 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Coronado Cays beach cleaned up by Rotarians

 
On Saturday April 24, 2021, a large group of hearty Coronado Rotarians gathered at the home of Rotarians Deb and Bob Syverson in Coronado Cays to clean up the beach behind their house. The event recognized "Rotarians At Work Day" which is a world-wide annual Rotary event founded by former Coronado Rotarian Bob Watson. 
Coronado Cays beach cleaned up by Rotarians 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Charity Golf Scramble 

 
On Friday, June 4, the Rotary Club of Carlsbad (RRC) will host the first-ever Rotary Club of Carlsbad Charity Golf Scramble benefiting the North County Lifeline. The RCC Charity Golf Scramble benefiting North County Lifeline is our premier fundraiser for the year.  What promises to be an unforgettable day of friendly competition, fellowship with friends and unbeatable entertainment. The tournament will be held at the St. Mark Golf Course in San Marcos with registration starting at 11:00AM, tee off at 1:00PM, dinner/auction around 6:30PM and then fun, music and cocktails before wrapping up around 8:30PM.
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2021 District Conference - Registration is now open! 

 
Excited to announce that the 2021 District Conference registration is now open! Join fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, & guests for a weekend of celebration and connection on September 10-12, 2021 at the Hotel del Coronado.
 
The conference team is working hard to make this a fun celebration to reunite us in person. Join your Rotary family for this unique opportunity to exchange ideas, strengthen leadership and friendships as we celebrate our clubs’ successes! If you have any conference questions, please contact us at District@Rotary5340.org
 
Register today for the 2021 District Conference – click here
 
 
2021 District Conference - Registration is now open! 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Seniors Receive a Lending Hand at Mobile Home Parks

 
The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club collaborated with the Santee Mobilehome Owners Action Committee, Inc. to help with yard upkeep in two mobile home parks in Santee.  Residents who can no longer take care of their yards are at risk of eviction notice if left unattended.  Joining Rotarians were a number of young family members wanting to get into the dirt and pull those weeds!  This is the second year that the club has selected helping seniors as their project for Rotarians at Work Day.  
Seniors Receive a Lending Hand at Mobile Home Parks 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Encinitas Rotary Club paints offices at the Community Resource Center

 
 
15 members and friends of the Encinitas Rotary Club emerged from the COVID cocoon, masked and physically distanced, to paint offices at the Community Resource Center (CRC) in Encinitas.  CRC programs include reduction and prevention of domestic violence, case management assistance, shelter and counseling for abuse victims, and food distribution to those in need.  Club members had a great time working together and seeing each other outside of a Zoom window!
 
Said President Kerry Witkin:  "The CRC work project was our club's contribution to Rotarians at Work Day, a worldwide call for all Rotarians to participate in a community service project on the same day in April.  It is rewarding to be part of an organization that lives its motto "Service Above Self."
Encinitas Rotary Club paints offices at the Community Resource Center 2021-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Online Webinar Announced

 
Your District Anti-Human Trafficking task force has another excellent workshop on tap.
 
Join us for this insightful overview of how businesses in San Diego County and elsewhere are banding together to educate the San Diego employees to identify and effectively report indicators of sex trafficking. You’ll receive ideas that you can implement in your workforce the next day!
 
Online Webinar Announced 2021-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary is the "Community Partner of the YEAR!" for STAR/PAL 

Charlotte Cofield, Community Service chair for Old Mission Rotary was so impressed by STAR/PAL (Police Athletic League) that she reached out to the organization last summer for a potential service related project partnership.   Her goal was to tackle head on the lack of communication between law enforcement and inner city youth that has created a never-ending stream of violent tragedies across our nation.

The mission of STAR/PAL is to engage underserved youth with law enforcement and develop trusting and long-term relationships. STAR/PAL offers free programs for undeserved and at-risk youth in San Diego that are led by law enforcement officers.  These programs focus on violence prevention, mentoring, leadership, civic engagement, outdoor enrichment, and physical fitness.

Old Mission Rotary assisted STAR/PAL with a school backpack give away in the fall and with distributing Thanksgiving dinners in November.  On Thursday, April 22, 2021 at STAR/PA's Colina Park facility in City Heights, STAR/PAL  designated Old Mission Rotary as their "Community Partner of the Year!" 
 
Congratulations to Old Mission Rotary for outreach efforts to make a difference in the lives of youth!
 
 
Photo caption: Members of Old Mission Rotary at the STAR/PAL awards ceremony on April 22nd. (L-R) Donna Maytum, Steve Nuñez, Community Service Chair Charlotte Cofield, President Gary John Collins and Matt Risi.
Old Mission Rotary is the "Community Partner of the YEAR!" for STAR/PAL 2021-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work Day in South Bay

Rotarians from two South Bay clubs -- Chula Vista Sunrise and Chula Vista Eastlake, celebrated Rotarians at Work Day volunteering at the "J" Street Marina. Working to support the South Bay Sustainable Communities (SBSC), Rotarians cleaned up trash in the water and land, resulting in numerous buckets of debris. A special thanks to Chula Vista Kayak for providing the kayaks, and the SBSC for providing the grabbers, gloves, buckets and more! It was a beautiful morning on the bay and the clubs hope to stay involved with this project in the future. Great work Rotarians!
 
Rotarians at Work Day in South Bay 2021-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

James A Flores to Speak

Photo taken by Charlie Neuman
 
Jim Floros, CEO of the San Diego Food Bank will be the speaker at the  San Luis Rey Rotary club meeting scheduled for May 11 at 7:15 a.m. at the Broken Yolk Resturant located at 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054. 
 
The Club would like to invite club presidents OR their designee to attend and hear Jim's 30-minute presentation.  Club presidents should call Ron Wilson at 760-705-6553 to let him know if they or a designee will be attending,  
James A Flores to Speak 2021-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - April 25

 
 
Good morning.  I'd like to introduce Dianne Crawford, my guest columnist for this week's edition of Sunday Morning Musings.  Dianne is our District Governor Designate 2023-2024 and she is from the Rotary Club of  Southeast San Diego.  Dianne has been a long-standing leader in membership development and many other things for District 5340.  Enjoy her her excitement for Rotary.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - April 25 2021-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to the Youth Assistance Coalition

Old Mission Rotary Club's Art Pratt Foundation selected The Youth Assistance Coalition to be one of its beneficiaries.  The Youth Assistance Coalition (YAC) was founded in 2017 by a group of motivated volunteers who saw the pattern of youth homelessness in San Diego and wanted to break it. From the beginning, YAC has focused on a community approach to breaking this pattern, and has built up powerful partnerships with many other organizations in San Diego who are also committed to helping these youth get off the streets in a lasting way. So far this year, they have provided 110 youth with stable housing.
Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to the Youth Assistance Coalition 2021-04-22 07:00:00Z 0

South Region Collaboration for Virtual Earth Day Activities

 
The Community Interact Club of Chula Vista Sunrise is collaborating with the City of Chula Vista, the South Bay Ecojustice Team, and the South Bay Sustainable Communities non-profit to host a virtual South Bay Earth Week event next week in conjunction with the City of Chula Vista Earth Day @ Home Event! 
 
South Region Collaboration for Virtual Earth Day Activities 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Blythe Hosting Two Fundraising Events 
 

 
The Rotary Club of Blythe is having a drawing for a Remington 11-87 super magnum 12 gauge shotgun at $10 donation per ticket. The drawing will be held on June 11 and participants need not be present to win, but must be CA or AZ residents and legally eligible to own a firearm.  All proceeds go toward scholarships.  Please contact club president  Juliette Singler if you’d like tickets.  You may email here at: juliettesingler@yahoo.com.
 
Rotary Club of Blythe Hosting Two Fundraising Events   2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work Day Around the Corner


Rotarians at Work Day is Saturday, April 24.  Please make sure you wear your Rotarians at Work Day shirts and take lots of photos.  Share your story!  
 
You can send your story (a paragraph or two) to Newsbits editor Sandy Pugliese at sandyp304@gmail.com.  Stories need to be submitted by Friday at noon to be included in the subsequent Sunday edition of Newsbits.  Include the who, what, when, where and why so we have a complete story and don't forget those pictures!  We can't wait to learn what your club did to improve your community and to promote Rotarians as People of Action!  
 
 
Rotarians at Work Day Around the Corner 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Walk the Talk Benefit Week for Hands of Peace

 
Join San Diego Coastal Rotary Club for a 5K walk on May 9, 8:30-9am. 

Hands of Peace empowers young people to find their voice, share their narrative and develop the compassion and skills they need to resolve conflict and serve their communities.  Hands of Peace, San Diego has has many new programs focused on local San Diego youth. Rotary clubs in San Diego have partnered with Hands of Peace for many years now with service work and district grants. 
 
Walk the Talk Benefit Week for Hands of Peace 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Lagoona Kahuna Team Challenge at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Hosts Blood Drive

 
On Friday, April 16, the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo  held a blood drive in the Albertsons parking lot.  A big "thank you" goes to the Club for recognizing the importance of blood donation especially during this pandemic and to  all who took the time to donate blood at this event.  
Rancho Bernardo Hosts Blood Drive 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - April 18, 2021

 
 
Fernanda Torres
 
This month we profile Fernanda Torres of the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club.  Fernanda is the President nominee for the San Diego Coastal club.  In the meantime, she is the   club’s Peace Chair.  
 
Fernanda lives in Tijuana and has not been able to come across the border because of the pandemic.  Hopefully, that will change in the next few months when she can join her club members as they begin to meet in person.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - April 18, 2021 2021-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Virtual Rotary Convention Registration is Open 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

World Vaccination Week is Here!

 
Nothing brings home the importance of World Vaccination Week than our present time dealing with the coronavirus.  
 
During World Immunization Week, April 24-30 , join with Rotary to combat vaccine hesitancy and misinformation by spreading the facts about why #VaccinesWork.
World Vaccination Week is Here! 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Enjoy Golfing?

 
 
Join the Fun with Fellow Rotarians on May 3, 2021 at Admiral Baker Golf Course!
 
Our last outing at St. Mark Golf Course in April included District Governor Steve Weitzen, (pictured above -far right) enjoying a day on the links. Two of our Rotary golfers won closest to the pin:  Dana Albert (San Marcos RC) & Cathy Hayes (La Jolla RC).  Congratulations!
 
Enjoy Golfing? 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

RB Sunrise Hosts Semi-Regional Four-Way Speech Contest

 
Four-Way Test Speech Contest Semi-Regional Results
 
The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club hosted the March 30 semi-regional Four-Way Test Speech Contest for local high school students via Zoom.  The speech contest, created by Chicago Rotarian Herbert Taylor in 1932, is a  public speaking contest which incorporates the components of Rotary's Four-Way Test.
RB Sunrise Hosts Semi-Regional Four-Way Speech Contest 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Anti Human Trafficking Taskforce Update 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed for Career Day


The La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is hosting a Career Day with the 11th grade students at the Preuss School (UCSD), which serves students from underserved communities who will be the first in their families to go to college. We provide the Career Counsellors to chat with the students via Zoom on Wednesday April 21 between 11:45PM and 1:30 PM.  
 
Volunteers Needed for Career Day 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - April 11, 2021

 
Rotarians At Work Day
 
In the Rotary world, the last Saturday in April is designated Rotarians at Work Day.  Rotarians at Work Day continues to grow.  Each year, clubs around the world identify a hands-on project that all members can participate in to help the local community.  The day is a great way to revitalize our clubs, bring in new members and generate publicity for Rotary.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - April 11, 2021 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Sharp Health Care is Asking for More Volunteers

 
Sharp HealthCare is reaching out again to District 5340 asking for Rotarian volunteers.  With the closure of Petco Park immunization site, Sharp now offers four locations to administer Covid-19 vaccine to qualified individuals.  Sites are in Chula Vista, Kearney Mesa, La Mesa and now San Marcos.   
 
Sharp Health Care is Asking for More Volunteers 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Stop Human Trafficking

 
Are you interested in supporting survivors of human trafficking right here in San Diego County?
 
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad has a Global Grant that will do just that!  The grant will help fund the club's effort to provide crisis intervention services to survivors in San Diego.
 
For more information on how you can become a part of it all and work to put a STOP to human trafficking during the 2021-2022 Rotary year, please contact Malena Bennett by email at M@AskMalena.com.
Stop Human Trafficking 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Opportunity for International Service 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Donating Blood is a Life Saving Gift!

 
 
Here is your opportunity to help improve the health of those seriously ill during the Pandemic crisis.  Join Rotarians across the District in donating blood on Friday, April 16.  You must make an appointment by either calling 619 400-8251 or signing up online at sandiegobloodbank.org/donate.
Donating Blood is a Life Saving Gift! 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - April 4, 2021

 
Disease Prevention Month
 
In the Rotary world, April is Disease Prevention Month.  So, let’s address this very important matter.
 
My grandmother told me on many occasions that your health is everything.  She probably was right.  Many, if not most of us, take our health for granted.  We are the lucky ones.
 
Yet, there are over 400 million people in the world who can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.  We, in Rotary, believe good health care is everyone’s right.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - April 4, 2021 2021-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

Last Chance to Sign Up for Training Assembly

 
Our District Training is this upcoming Saturday!  Hundreds of Rotarians have already registered to attend the District Virtual Training Assembly set for this Saturday, April 10 and we expect to be at full capacity! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about Rotary.  
 
Last Chance to Sign Up for Training Assembly 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Guatemala Literacy Project Opportunities 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - March 28

 
Model UN, RYLA and The 4-Way Speech Contest
 
Youth Services is very important to our clubs and District.  We offer many programs to help develop our young people.  Youth is certainly an area of focus for each club.
Sunday Morning Musings - March 28 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE - Virtual Rotary International Convention 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
2019-2020 Rotary Citation Awarded to District 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Transitional Care Center Receives Grant

 
 
This past week, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary club presented a check for $1000 to the East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC). With a mission to provide transitional housing and restore lives, the ECTLC is a faith based 501 (C) (3) corporation.  They offer four distinct transitional living programs, religious and secular, designed to fit the needs of most homeless families and/or individuals.
 
TCTLC offers case management, affordable temporary housing for those who have lost their way due to the economy and they also offer a no-cost one-year program for those desiring a religious discipleship training program.  
Transitional Care Center Receives Grant 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - March 21, 2021

 
This Sunday Morning Musing's guest columnist is Chuck Pretto.  Chuck is from the San Diego Rotary Club - Club 33; and he is the District Governor Nominee 2022-2023.
 
I know you will enjoy his Musing.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - March 21, 2021 2021-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Decade-Long Collaboration

For over a decade, the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club and the Santee Food Bank have been working side-by-side in helping Santee families in need.  The collaboration comes in many forms from purchasing much needed refrigeration units with the help of Rotary District Grants to helping the Santee branch of the US Post Office with their Stamp Out Hunger Drive sorting, weighing food items donated by postal patrons and then delivering food products to the food bank for distribution.
 
Most recently, the Santee Lakeside Rotary club issued a $3,000 District grant to help support the food bank's effort to provide COVID relief to families needing a hand up.  This past weekend, the club  delivered food items to shut in seniors in mobile home parks throughout the City of Santee.  As People of Action, club members enjoyed the project so much that they adopted one of the mobile parks for ongoing monthly delivery service. 
 
 
 
 
Decade-Long Collaboration 2021-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary conducts a Sub Regional Competition of the Four Way Test Speech Contest

Old Mission Rotary hosted the Sub-Regional Round of the District 5340 Four Way Test Speech contest on February 16th.  In this round of the competition they heard from four high school students from clubs across the district.  

The rules for the competition are all the same throughout the district and students have between five and seven minutes to deliver a talk that is judged on content, organization, delivery and application of the of the Rotary Four Way Test.

Year after year, our Four Way Test Speech Contests have been flawlessly organized and executed at Old Mission Rotary by Eric Benink.  Nancy Vaughan of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club was recognized for her multi-year service as chair of the District 5340 Four Way Test Speech Competition. District Governor Steve Weitzen and District Governor Elect Dan Gensler also attended our Zoom meeting.
 
Old Mission Rotary conducts a Sub Regional Competition of the Four Way Test Speech Contest 2021-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - March 14, 2021

 
This month we profile Don Fipps of the Del Mar Rotary Club.
 
Currently, Don is the Assistant Governor for Area 3 - Carlsbad Hi Noon, Carlsbad Evening, Tri City and San Marcos.  He is also serving as Governor-Elect Dan Gensler’s chief aide.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - March 14, 2021 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0
Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Hosts Former World Champion Tour Surfer Damien Hobgood 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0
District 5340 Speaker Series - TRF Trustee Brenda Cressey 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0

Clothing Drive for Operation Stand Down

 
The Escondido and San Marcos Rotary Clubs will be holding a clothing drive on Saturday March 20, 2021 from 8am to 11am, in front of the Escondido City Hall at the corner of Broadway and Valley Parkway. They are asking Rotarians and community members to donate clothing that will be made available to the homeless VETS attending the North County Stand Down slated for mid-April.
 
Clothing Drive for Operation Stand Down 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary First During Tax Season

 
Looking for an easy way to increase impact?
 
More and more people are discovering a simple and efficient way to give.  Join the hundreds who support The Rotary Foundation with a tax-wise gift from their IRA each year.
 
Rotary First During Tax Season 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0

Art Pratt Foundation of old Mission Rotary Grant to Resounding Joy

In 2004, Barbara Reuer began Resounding Joy with a team of volunteers offering music therapy as informed supportive experiences for socially-isolated seniors. Since then, they have expanded as requests for music therapy poured in from low-income communities. Over time, programs such as Healing Notes, Sound Minds, Semper Sound, Mindful Music, the Ariana Miller Music with Heart Fund and Community Connections have received generous support from the community.
 
Photo Caption: Dr. Reuer is the founder and CEO of Resounding Joy.She is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in music-for-wellness and music therapy. 
 
Last year alone, they served over 4,000 individuals, most of whom live right here in San Diego County. Most of Resounding Joy’s clients suffer from depression, PTSD, a brain injury, Down’s Syndrome, congenital heart disease, or a rare disease. The team of Board-Certified music therapists (MT-BC) strives to transform the health of San Diego County by using music as a therapeutic medium to effectively address physical, emotional, social, and cognitive goals. Music’s unique ability to navigate damaged areas of the brain and transcend verbal communication makes it a powerful tool in the hands of a qualified professional.

At Old Mission Rotary's Zoom meeting on March 9, Art Pratt Foundation President Eric Benink presented Dr. Reuer with a check for $5,107. The grant will be used for an iPad and for musical instruments to be used in their virtual online therapy sessions.
 
 
Art Pratt Foundation of old Mission Rotary Grant to Resounding Joy 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0
March is Water and Sanitation Month 2021-03-06 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Roundup Slated for April 5

 

 
Please join Rotarians from around District 5340 for a Rotary Golf Roundup—April 5, 2021
 
Join us at St. Mark’s Golf Course in San Marcos.  Bring a team from your club and enjoy Rotary fellowship.  Tee time is 10:00 am.  The cost is $49.00 which includes shared cart, green fees and range balls. To facilitate planning, please make your reservations by March 29. 
 
You may contact Tee Captain Bret Geernaert at bretg2019pres@gmail.com to make a reservation and for details.
 
 
Rotary Golf Roundup Slated for April 5  2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - March 7, 2021

 
Our District’s Leadership Plan
 
This past nine months (the time it takes to have a baby) our District took a deep dive into our leadership plan.  With guidance and help from District Governor Elect Dan Gensler, District Governor Nominee Chuck Pretto, District Governor Designate Dianne Crawford and Assistant Governor Don Fipps, we can now unveil the new and improved District Leadership plan.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - March 7, 2021 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

RiseUp Industries is Beneficiary of Rotary Grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary recently issued a grant to RiseUp Industries!

RISE Up Industries is a nonprofit that prepares the formerly incarcerated for careers as CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine operators in their full service machine shop. Former enemy gang members and convicts work side by side, helping one another to complete the Re-entry Program and make positive life choices. The kinship they have fostered is an inspiration and proof that training and rehabilitation work!  Graduates of the program typically find immediate employment.
 
The Art Pratt Foundation presented a grant of $4,094 to purchase a bead blasting machine that is used to smooth manufactured parts for anodizing. Joe Calbreath is a member of their board of directors and accepted the funds and showed us an engraved plaque that will be mounted on the Bead Blaster Machine.
 
Photo Caption: RISE Up Industries offers people leaving jail and prison an opportunity for vocational training for high demand machinist jobs.
 
RiseUp Industries is Beneficiary of Rotary Grant 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotarian Wins Contest

 
Old Mission Rotary President Gary John Collins won the Union Tribune Cartoon Caption Contest for Sunday, February 28th! Steve Breen, the newspaper cartoonist, selected President Gary among ferocious competition. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised as Gary was a stand up comedian decades ago!  
 
 
Old Mission Rotarian Wins Contest 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
April 1 Deadline Approaching For Reallocating Funds 2021-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Musings - February 28

 
 
Water and Sanitation Month
 
The month of March is Water and Sanitation month in the Rotary world.  In fact, March 22nd is World Water Day. Since 1993, the United Nations has observed March 22nd as World Water Day as a way to highlight the importance of clean water. This year's theme is "Valuing Water."
Sunday Musings - February 28 2021-02-27 08:00:00Z 0


Rancho Bernardo Rotary Neighborhood Watch Sign Mounting

 
Pictured left to right Jim Hyldahl, Dave King, Alan Turner & Stuart Turner (photo by Don Glover).
 
Every day we see more and more signs that we are starting to return to "normalcy". One sure indicator is Rotarians back out in the community helping people and fulfilling their calling to be "People of Action".   Here is the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club team under the direction of Jim Hyldahl with coordination from Alan Turner (Seven Oaks) and Cathy Glover (Mirador) that mounted 19 new Neighborhood Watch Signs in the Seven Oaks Community and two in the Oaks North Community of Mirador.
 
This is the second time in the last few years that Rotarians from the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club have mounted Neighborhood Watch Signs and they remain available to help any other Rancho Bernardo Community that needs assistance in mounting such signs.
 
 
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Neighborhood Watch Sign Mounting 2021-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
25th Annual Jim Laslavic Charity Golf Tournament 2021-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Binational Virtual Project Fair 

 
It is our pleasure to invite you to learn about District 4100 Global Grants.  Do you want to make a global grant? Do you know the role of CADRES in the Rotary Foundation? Would you like to know how Rotary projects contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?  Their Project Fair will  have workshops and conferences to educate you on all the above and more.  
 
THEY ARE WAITING FOR YOU!  Register at: https://forms.gle/7Az5MsrSpT8bP3TYA
Binational Virtual Project Fair 2021-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Musings - February 21, 2021

 
"This week's Sunday Morning Musing we have as our guest columnist District Governor-Elect Dan Gensler from the Coronado Rotary club.  Dan will offer his Musing which I am sure is outstanding."
 
Sunday Musings - February 21, 2021 2021-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary Conducts Club Round of Four Way Speech Contest

Old Mission Rotary conducted its club round of the District 5340's Four Way Speech Contest on February 16th.  They look forward to this important and impressive event every year and this was their first time ever to have the contest on Zoom!

Old Mission Rotary is one of many clubs across Rotary District 5340 to sponsor a first round contest. The rules are all the same throughout the district and students have between five and seven minutes to deliver a talk that is judged on content, organization, delivery and application of the of the Rotary Four Way Test.

Year after year, this event has been flawlessly organized and executed at Old Mission Rotary by Eric Benink.  As is their club’s tradition, students from the Reality Changers Program participated in Old Mission Rotary's club round. 

Reality Changers was founded in May 2001. The program gives students living in areas targeted by gang culture an opportunity to become the first in their families to attend college and provides a positive peer culture. Many Old Mission Rotarians have served as mentors and tutors over the years.

The founder, Chris Yanov, used money he won on the TV game show Wheel of Fortune to launch his dream! Reality Changers has a 98% success rate of getting participants into college and many are the first in their family to do so!
 
Old Mission Rotary Conducts Club Round of Four Way Speech Contest 2021-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation Approves Changes to Funding Model

 
To better support the growth of global grants, The Rotary Foundation Trustees recently approved policy changes to help balance financial resources with program demands. These changes will take effect 1 July 2021.

The global grants program has been a tremendous success since it launched in 2013-14. That first year, the Foundation awarded 868 global grants worth $47.3 million. By 2019-20, the number of global grants awarded increased to 1,359, worth $95.6 million. While global grant funding increased by more than 100%, contributions to the Annual Fund, which is the primary source for global grant funding, did not keep pace. The demand for global grant funding is far greater than what is available.
 
The Rotary Foundation Approves Changes to Funding Model 2021-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf is Back!

 
Join other District Rotarians on March 1, 2021 for a round of golf at The Vineyard in Escondido, beginning at 9:00 am.   The cost for the round is $43.00, which includes cart and range balls.  The snack bar & adult beverage bar are open for 19th hole fellowship on the patio.   
 
Please contact Tee Times Coordinator Bret Geernaert at bretg2019pres@gmail.com to reserve a tee time for yourself and golfers from your Club.  The deadline is February 22 to hold a tee time.  
Rotary Golf is Back! 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - February 14

 
 
Erika Rodriguez
 
This month we profile Erika Rodriguez, the District’s new administrator.  We want the membership to get to know Erika as she will become a great asset to our clubs and membership.
 
Without further ado, let’s meet Erika.  
 
Sunday Morning Musings - February 14 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Cross Border Efforts - Grains of Hope

Since the pandemic started, more connections have been made between the Rotarian clubs of San Diego and Tijuana in order to provide much needed assistance to Tijuana. Fernanda Torres (Peace Chair, San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and D4100 and D5340 liaison) and Carlos Carrillo (D4100 International Service Chair and Pro Peace Committee Chair)  spearheaded  these collaborative efforts. Last April, DDFs sent thousands of pieces of PPE to frontline workers in Tijuana and then, beans and rice were distributed to people unable to obtain food during the lockdown. Last Thursday, another 3370 pounds of food was distributed to at risk communities on Tijuana. The Rotary Club of Tijuana Milenio Minarete helped channel the funds from San Diego clubs to buy food.
 
This project would also not have been possible without the support of Mark McAnelly of Old Mission Club of San Diego, the main sponsor. Mark led the effort to obtain funds from his club and drove his own truck to deliver the food. This new campaign is called Granitas de Esperanza or Grains of Hope. The aim of the campaign is not just to provide food, but to spread the message of hope to the community of Tijuana and build binational collaboration among clubs.
 
Cross Border Efforts - Grains of Hope 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

SD Downtown Breakfast Club Establishes Corona Virus Taskforce

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club established a Coronavirus Task Force (CTF) at the end of 2020 to determine how the Club could best assist our San Diego community affected by the horrific consequences of the coronavirus. Among many worthy charities, the CTF selected Meals on Wheels San Diego County as the organization to support because it serves a segment of the community particularly hard-hit by and vulnerable to the coronavirus: food insecure seniors and disabled individuals confined to their homes.
SD Downtown Breakfast Club Establishes Corona Virus Taskforce 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

PETCO Park Volunteer Information

 
Many of you have asked about volunteer opportunities at PETCO Park. Because of the outpouring of support and interest in volunteering, they are not currently accepting applications to volunteer at their vaccination site while they process the applications they have already received. They will reopen the volunteer portal if they need additional volunteer support.  It is always helpful to check once and a while to see if things have changed.  To see if volunteer slots are available, click here.
 
If you have already applied or been cleared to volunteer, you can log in to check on your application or schedule volunteer shifts by clicking here
 
PETCO Park Volunteer Information 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
District Training Session Slated for April 10 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Provides Grant to Doors of Change 2021-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Theme Announced

 
Incoming RI President Shekhar Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, at this past week's virtual Rotary International Assembly.  He urged district governors-elect to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people's lives, but also our own.  Read more about the 2021-22 presidential theme.
New Rotary Theme Announced 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

PACE Requesting Volunteers for Vaccination Site

 
 
Come help with the vaccination process for San Diego's senior community.  Gary and Mary West PACE welcomes both medical and non-medical volunteers.
 
They are looking for  volunteers to join them in San Marcos, CA - Monday through Saturday.
PACE Requesting Volunteers for Vaccination Site 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

El Camino Real Rotary Club Mourns Loss

Rotarian Less Russell Passes Away

Lee Russell, the second longest serving member of the Rotary Club of El Camino Real (Oceanside), died peacefully at home on January 31, 2021.
 
Lee was inducted into the club in 1973 and was proud of his 47 years of perfect attendance. He served as president in his early years and for many years served as the club’s Foundation Chair and also liaison with El Camino High school for the club’s annual banquet honoring their honor graduates. Lee suffered from progressively 
severe memory loss the last two years, but he never forgot that Tuesday noon was his Rotary meeting. 
 
 
El Camino Real Rotary Club Mourns Loss 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Past RI President Mark Maloney to Speak

 
Join in on a special Zoom meeting
February 24, 2021
6:00 pm Pacific Time
 
Join us to hear immediate Rotary International Past President Mark Maloney speak about Rotary during the past year and what he believes the future holds for Rotary.
Past RI President Mark Maloney to Speak 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Speakers Slated During Peacebuilding Month 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Month

 
Of the 60 million people displaced by armed conflict or persecution, 90% are civilians. Half of those civilians are children. That’s millions of reasons why Rotary is so engaged in service projects, fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns in pursuit of peace in our world.  Learn more.
 
February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Month 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Volunteer at a Sharp Vaccination Super Site 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - February 7

 
Coronado Rotary Club’s Flags on the Avenue
 
One of the District’s most notable and commendable community projects is the Coronado Rotary club’s Flags on the Avenue.  The Flags on the Avenue is the signature project of the Coronado Rotary club. 
 
Eleven times a year the Coronado club places American Flags on both sides of Orange Avenue - the main street in Coronado.  It is a stirring sight as you can see from the pictures.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - February 7 2021-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Poway-Scripps Rotary Club Hosts Blood Drive 2021-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Being Part of the Solution

Rotary clubs are stepping up to help local efforts to vaccinate individuals  against the Corona Virus.  Below you will see members of the Coronado Rotary Club who have been consistently volunteering at Sharp Coronado's vaccination site.  Next you will see members of the Chula Vista Rotary Club participating as volunteers at the Sharp HealthCare site in Chula Vista. 
 
You can sign up to volunteer at any Sharp vaccination site by going to the following website: https://www.sharp.com/health-classes/category/sharp-lends-a-hand-52.  Rotarians report this has been a fun and purposeful volunteer experience and many are signing up for additional shifts.   
 
SEND IN YOUR VOLUNTEER PHOTOS AND BE FEATURED HERE!
 
Photo: Coronado Rotary Club
 
Photo: Chula Vista Rotary Club past president Mike Green, president elect Donna Moss and board director elect Albert Auuilera.
 
Rotary Clubs Being Part of the Solution 2021-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Why Join the Polio Plus Society

 
Someone once said that it would be unthinkable if Rotary ever stopped  supporting polio eradication.  Decades of commitment would be lost, for then we would be known as the as the organization that allowed polio to become endemic again.
 
Fortunately we are in the business of Doing Good in the World and Rotary is committed until every last child and the world is polio-free. 
 
Why Join the Polio Plus Society 2021-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

RI Convention to be a Virtual Event

 
The 2021 Rotary International Convention, scheduled for June 12-16, 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.   For more information and to learn about convention, pre-convention and ticket refunds, etc., please visit: https://on.rotary.org/3r5uYYB.
RI Convention to be a Virtual Event 2021-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Musings - January 31

 
 
Peace and Conflict Resolution Month
 
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution month in the Rotary world.
 
It seems as though from the dawn of time there has been war and conflict.  Brother against brother - Cain and Abel.  Family against family -  Capulets and Montagues; Hatfields and McCoys.  Nation against nation.  The Hundred Year War; civil war here; civil war there.
 
Sunday Musings - January 31 2021-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Harvesting Opportunities Wanted

 
Over the year, The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club  harvested over 16,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables and  donated  the produce to local food banks.   The club is looking for additional harvesting  opportunities.  They have  branded themselves with this ongoing COVID-19 service project and wish to continue their efforts.  
 
If you know of any opportunity for harvesting, please have those interested contact  Fern Hall of La Mesa Sunrise Rotary at 619-742-4131. The club will gladly pick and distribute their yield to local food banks and families in need.  

Masks and COVID precautions are followed during harvests and it is important to note that they are insured.  
 
Harvesting Opportunities Wanted 2021-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Human Trafficking Summit

 
Please join this Rotary Human Traffic Summit - Offering Hope for a Better Tomorrow - Wednesday, January 27 at 9:00 EST.  
 
Human trafficking -- whether in the form of modern-day slavery, forced labor in in supply chains, debt bondage, sex trafficking, domestic servitude, or online child sexual exploitation – is a transnational multi-billion dollar criminal activity that the 2018 Global Slavery Index estimates to impact over 40 million men, women and children in over 167 countries on any given day. The U.S. State Department’s 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report recognizes that government must play a role in eradicating human trafficking but “governments cannot succeed alone; actions at the local level play a critical role ...[because] the grinding reality of fighting modern slavery takes place not on world stages, but through the dedicated actions of...individual community members who are often the eyes, ears and hearts of the places they call home.” The TIP Report makes clear that we need to add a 4th element to the traditional 3P Paradigm of Prosecution, Protection, Prevention: Partnership.
 
Rotary Human Trafficking Summit 2021-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - January 24

 
Assistant Governors
 
One of the most important positions in our District is that of Assistant Governor.  Full disclosure: I was an Assistant Governor for three years.
 
Our District runs from the border at Tijuana to the northern tip of Oceanside; east all the way to the Arizona border.  It is a large swath of Southern California encompassing San Diego and Imperial Counties.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - January 24 2021-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Meals on Wheels Receives Support

 
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club is thankful for the amazing work Meals on Wheels San Diego does in the community and were proud to assist them with their mission to support independence and well-being. The club recently gifted a $500 grant to support the organization.  In addition, club member Elana Levens-Craig is a volunteer delivering meals directly to recipients homes.  
Meals on Wheels Receives Support 2021-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

La Mesa Sunrise Continues Their Harvesting Efforts

 
The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary club started the New Year with picking fruit for those in need.  Food banks be warned: "here we come" says members of the club.  Thanks to Fern Platt, Jeff Hall, Ivan Alba, Janet Bertolucci Castaños, Erin, Maddie, and Ivy for doing all the hard work.
 
La Mesa Sunrise Continues Their Harvesting Efforts 2021-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Coronado Rotarians Being Part of the Solution

Photo: Coronado Rotarians Suzanne Moore Manual, Carol Summers, Mike Wiowode and Jim Laslavic.  
 
Team Rotary volunteers on the first day of COVID vaccines in Coronado thanks to the tremendous organizational efforts of Sharp Coronado staff!  Participants exclaimed "it feels good to be part of the solution".  
Coronado Rotarians Being Part of the Solution 2021-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Be Part of the Solution!

 
Everyone knows from watching TV and other news sources that COVID-19 vaccinations are not occurring as fast as they should.  Sharp HealthCare has decided to open a supersite in the Sears building in Chula Vista to help facilitate the ramp up of the numbers receiving vaccinations.  This past week many Rotarians responded to the call for volunteers to help get the program off the ground.  Many have reported back that it was an excellent experience and provided meaningful work.  Thank you to all who were able to give of your time. 
 
On its first day, Sharp had 1,800 registered folks qualifying for the vaccine shot.  It is estimated that by the end of next week, the clinic site will have the capacity to administer vaccine to 5,000 people daily.     The need for volunteers will continue for some time to come as health care providers ramp up their efforts to get more vaccine into the arms of qualifying participants as soon as possible.  
 
Be Part of the Solution! 2021-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

Community Service Ripe for the Picking

Photo: La Mesa Sunrise Rotary club at a recent harvesting of oranges and tangerines at a local neighborhood home.  
 
Happy New Year. It's fruit picking season! Citrus trees around San Diego County are ripe with fruit. Last year several clubs including La Mesa Sunrise picked and donated fresh citrus fruits to local food banks. La Mesa Sunrise alone harvested and delivered over 16,000 pounds of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and other fruits and vegetables. We encourage all clubs to get involved! Let's do our part to find a partial remedy to the challenge of hunger and nutrition in San Diego County.
 
Community Service Ripe for the Picking 2021-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - January 17

 
Sandy Pugliese - Newbits Editor
 
Sandy Pugliese is the publisher and editor of Newsbits - the District newsletter you are reading now.  Sandy also maintains the District web site: rotary5340.org.  For this, and more, I am eternally grateful to Sandy for what she does.  She makes me sound half decent and keeps me in line with unreasonable deadlines.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - January 17 2021-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Toastmasters Courses Offered to Rotary Members

 
Last year, Rotary formed a strategic alliance with Toastmasters International. As part of this collaboration, Toastmasters has developed a structured curriculum of communication and leadership courses for Rotarians and Rotaractors. 
Toastmasters Courses Offered to Rotary Members 2021-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
Zoom Video of Past RI President Barry Rassin 2021-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Provides Funding for Distance Learning

When Christine Testa, a speech therapist at Pomerado Elementary School, told her father about the distance learning needs her students were encountering. Alan Turner, Christine’s father and membership chair for the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo began to raise funds specifically for distance learning needs at Title I elementary schools in the Poway Unified School District (PUSD). 
 
In a short time, Alan raised funds from Rotary members.  Mike Fuqua, the president of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary club’s foundation provided an additional matching gift. Together they donated over $6,000 to the PUSD Foundation specifically for students and families in need of hotspots, Internet access, headphones and other equipment to help ensure students are able to learn and work at home. 
 
 
Photo:  Valley Elementary School was one of the first recipients of funding for hotspots devices.  Pictured above are: Veronica Tapia a counselor at Valley, Christine Testa, Dolores Canizales,  Alex Robertson the  Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club president, along with Alan Turner and Mike Fuqua.
 
 
Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Provides Funding for Distance Learning 2021-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Vaccinators

 
Anyone with a current nurse or physician license can volunteer to vaccinate through Sharp HealthCare.  If you qualify and are interested, please contact Dr. Jenny Parker at jenny@jparkermd.net for more details.  HOT OF THE PRESS: More information will be coming out soon about how Rotarians throughout San Diego County can help in the vaccination effort with Sharp HealthCare.  There will be positions open for non-medical volunteers as well.  Stay tuned.
Volunteer Vaccinators 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Virtual Movie Night 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Sunday Musings - January 10 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Videos Now Available

 
Yesterday, Part II of the District's Membership Seminar occurred.  Members asked that the Zoom session video be distributed to enable others to take advantage of the rich conversation and ideas shared today.  You can watch the seminar by clicking on this link.  
 
Earlier in the week, over 1,200 passionate Rotarians signed up to listen to John Hewko, RI General Secretary and his suggestions on how clubs can survive for the future.
 
Many requested the video of John's message. Notes and the full video of John's message can be accessed by clicking on this link.
 
 
Videos Now Available 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

District Administrator Position Now Open

 
JOB WANTED:   

District 5340 is seeking a District Administrator.  This remote (work-from-home) opportunity is a part-time position of approximately 20 hours per week and will report to the District Governor.  
 
District Administrator Position Now Open 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission  Rotary Grant to  Cristo Rey High School

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission  Rotary provided a $4850 grant to  Cristo Rey High School.  Cristo Rey San Diego High School in the South Crest neighborhood of San Diego prepares students with limited economic means for success.
 
After opening in August 2020, Cristo Rey San Diego is now the 37th school in the Cristo Rey Network. Cristo Rey schools integrate four years of rigorous academic curriculum with four years of professional work experience, delivering a proven and innovative faith-based approach to education. Students graduate equipped with the knowledge, character and skills required to succeed in college and in life.
 
Bob Nascenzi accepted the $4850 grant that will be used to purchase Scientific Calculators.
 
  Photo Caption: Bob Nascenzi is the Founding President of Cristo Rey San Diego High School.
Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to Cristo Rey High School 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Go Fund Me Effort to Support Honduras

 
The  Rotary E-Club San Diego Global is asking for help supporting the victims of Hurricane Etna in the Honduras. The devastating hurricane hit some of the poorest  communities in Honduras who were already suffering from the effects of Covid 19.
Go Fund Me Effort to Support Honduras 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

RSF Rotary Provides Christmas Gift Drive Thru Parade

 
The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club held a Christmas gift drive-thru for 65 families served by the ProKids-First Tee on December 18 in Oceanside.  ProKids-First Tee's mission is to challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life skills and values through education and the game of golf.  
 
Gifts, books and bicycles were distributed to families in a fun drive-thru filled with music and lots of Christmas spirit.  
 
This was the fourth holiday event the RSF Rotary Club held this Christmas season for underserved children in the direct community.
 
RSF Rotary Provides Christmas Gift Drive Thru Parade 2021-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Exceptional Speakers Slated for February

 
Please join the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club in their Zoom meetings in February. They have planned some exceptional speakers for Peace and Conflict Resolution Month and want to open up the opportunity for Rotarians throughout District 5340 to participate. Their meetings are Wednesday night from 6-7:30pm and speakers usually start around 6:45pm. The 4th meeting is a social.
 
You are invited to four (4) Zoom meetings for Peace. You only need to register once.
When: Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Here are the dates and speaker bios:
Exceptional Speakers Slated for February 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Tijuana PPE Donation Made Possible Through Partnership

The International Service and Pro Peace District Committee for Rotary District 4100, through DG Guillermo Nava, Carlos Carrillo, Chairman of the District Committee and D4100-D5340 Liaison, Fernanda Torres managed a campaign to deliver face masks to the police of the Municipality of Tijuana and the security departments of the State of Baja California.  
 
This efforts was conducted by the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club providing a total of 20,000 face masks.
 
Tijuana PPE Donation Made Possible Through Partnership 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0
Sunday Morning Musings - January 3 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

RSF Rotary Donates Over 355 Toys to Solution for Change

The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club recently dropped off over 350 holiday toys and 200 stuffed animals for children at Solutions for Change.  Solutions for Change is a residential program in Vista currently housing 32 mothers, four dads, and 80 children in the program.  The program aims to break the homeless cycle  with skills, knowledge and resources.
 
The Rotarians had generous support from the community.  Rotarians set up an Angel adoption event at the RSF Post Office.  Hundreds of Angels were displayed on a Christmas tree and each Angel gave the age and gender of a child.  Sponsors from the community "adopted"  these Angels at the post office and then turned in their Angels by bringing the appropriate unwrapped gift to a designated location.  Rotarians also held an identical Angel adoption event of their own. 
 
This is the fifth year the RSF Rotary Club has collected toys for Solutions for Change.
 
RSF Rotary Donates Over 355 Toys to Solution for Change 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Anti-Human Trafficking Educational Videos Now Available

 
Together, we possess the ability to break the cycle!
 
District 5340's dedicated Anti-Human Trafficking task force proudly launches a series of initiatives that are designed to increase the awareness of San Diego County's human sex trafficking scourge and generate measures to help prevent individuals -- primarily young people -- from becoming victims. 
 
Anti-Human Trafficking Educational Videos Now Available 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

January is Vocational Services Month

 
By bringing together people from diverse professions and backgrounds, Rotary recognizes the importance of all skills and occupations. In Rotary, your professional life and vocational service go hand in hand. Members have a dual responsibility to represent their occupations within their club and exemplify the ideals of Rotary in their places of work. January is Vocational Service Month, a great time to use the Vocational Service in Action handbook and share it with your fellow club members. It can help you learn more about vocational service and offer ideas so you can practice it through your service activities, in your personal life, and in your career.  
January is Vocational Services Month 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0
Best Wishes for Another Prosperous Year of Service 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Bringing Holiday Happiness to Children for 30 Years

Posted by Article and Photos Courtesy Del Mar Times
 
Each Christmas since 1991, the Rotary Club of Del Mar has hosted up to 75 young children from Del Mar and Solana Beach to a fun and heartwarming holiday event.
 
Every child deserves to be spoiled a bit during the holidays and the Rotary Club of Del Mar contributes by hosting an annual Christmas party. This is an event for members of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s La Colonia Clubhouse in Solana Beach, complete with activities, crafts, gifts and food. This annual Christmas event ensures the La Colonia children and families have a fantastic holiday.
 
A tradition which started 30 Christmases ago was modified this year to accommodate Covid-safe practices and became a Zoom Christmas Craft Party.
 
On Thursday, December 10, the children and their instructors “zoomed” in from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito La Colonia Clubhouse after-school program to enjoy crafts, music, treats and a visit from Santa.
Bringing Holiday Happiness to Children for 30 Years Article and Photos Courtesy Del Mar Times 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Bonsall Rotary Club Helps Out In Belize

 
 
Bonsall Rotary club president Jeff Johnson (left) works with friend Dave at the 12/20/2020 benefit effort to provide food and gifts to needy families in Ambergris Caye, Belize.  Jeff and Dave helped prepare over 500 meals that were distributed that day brightening people's Christmas.
 
Bonsall Rotary Club Helps Out In Belize 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Helps with First Tier of COVID Vaccinations

 
Sharp Healthcare Anesthesiologist and Rotarian, Jenny Parker helped administer first Tier COVID vaccinations to Sharp Healthcare Vice President of Orthopedics, Mary Ellington who is Rotarian in the La Mesa Rotary Club.   
 
Dr. Parker wore her Rotarian at Work shirt helping promote Rotary's efforts to encourage vaccinations. 
Rotarian Helps with First Tier of COVID Vaccinations 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Fallbrook Rotary Club Gains and Loses Members

The Rotary Club of Fallbrook has been adding new members even while meeting virtually through Zoom.   Their newest members are Anna Beath, a realtor, and Kenneth Wesson who is retired. 
 
Unfortunately, the club also lost two members recently:  Griffin Hamilton had moved here from Carlisle, PA where he had been a long time active member of the Rotary Club of Carlisle.  Griffin passed away unexpectedly shortly after he joined the Rotary Club of Fallbrook.  Mike (Myron) Reed (shown in picture) lost his battle with pancreatic cancer just before Christmas.  Mike had been a member of Rotary for 67 years and had served as the President of the Wilshire Rotary Club before moving to Fallbrook.  Mike’s passion in life was to serve the community which he did through many service organizations and also through his generous financial support.  
Fallbrook Rotary Club Gains and Loses Members 2021-01-02 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Holidays To All

 
To our Rotary family: May the spirit of the holidays fill your hearts with joy and contentment.  
Happy Holidays To All 2020-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

1946 World Champion of Soap Box Derby Race

Photo: Old Mission Roatarian Gil Klecan won the 1946 World Championship Soap Box Derby Race when he was 15 years old! We never know what amazing talents and stories we have in our Rotary Club!
 
Gil Klecan has been a member of Rotary since 1999 and a member of Old Mission Rotary for 21 years. Gil was born on the open plains of Kansas and moved to San Diego as a young boy when his father took a job at the Ryan Aeronautical Company. 

One morning, a 15-year old Gil was walking to school, an aerospace engineer stopped his car and recruited Gil on the spot as the driver for his new go cart design.

Soon Gil was competing and winning until he won the 1946 World Championship Soap Box Derby Race in Ohio! Gil took his prize money and invested it in property. He has prospered in his career in residential and commercial real estate ever since. 
 
 
1946 World Champion of Soap Box Derby Race 2020-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Villa Musica Receives Grant of $6,000

On December 15, 2020, The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $6,000 to Villa Musica. 

Founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in November 2005, Villa Musica is a vibrant gathering place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to take music lessons, play in an ensemble, or participate in a workshop. Villa Musica’s goal is to create a focal point for community music education in San Diego, where students and teachers can meet to exchange ideas and experience the joy of making music. By creating a supportive and creative environment for the study of music, they aim to inspire many San Diegans to make music making part of their lives.
 
Photo: Fiona Chatwin is the Executive and Artistic Director of Villa Musica.
 
The Art Pratt Foundation grant will help fund the new “Music on the Move” program. Villa Musica will purchase a bus and take music to the public. 
 
Villa Musica Receives Grant of $6,000 2020-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Quintessential Festival Silent Auction Underway

 
Have you checked out La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club's  Quintessential Festival Silent Auction yet?  100% of the proceeds from their silent auction goes back to Club and will help them continue their work for the community, so every bid will make a difference!
 
Quintessential Festival Silent Auction Underway 2020-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Struggling Family Helped by Rotarians

 
Chula Vista Sunrise President Jeff, Thiel, Past Co-President Rochelle Carroll and President-Elect Nancy Kerwin show off all the gifts brought in by club members that were taken to our Adopt-a-Family last weekend. We were determined to make this their "Best Christmas Ever" while the dad is deployed!
 
Struggling Family Helped by Rotarians 2020-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

RSF Rotarians Play Elves to San Pasqual Academy

(L-R) Friends of San Pasqual Academy board member Kathy Lathrum and Rotarians, Liana Novick, Tatiana Novick, Jill Stiker and Sophia Alsadek. Not pictured: Mark Rodriguez. Personal hygiene items were collected by the Rancho Santa Fe Rotarians for the many foster students living and attending school at San Pasqual Academy.  (Courtesy of Rancho Santa Fe Review)
 
Some of the members of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club recently met outside at the beautiful home of Sophia Alsadek to assemble hygiene products that were collected for the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. The safety guidelines of social distancing were followed. The Rotarians were masked and socially distanced and they safely went out of their way to assemble these bags to make the holidays brighter for the foster students and alumni of San Pasqual Academy. Items collected included shampoo, shower gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste, chapstick and socks and were placed in beautiful, decorative tote bags. The foster teens greatly appreciate these useful items, especially during these uncertain, difficult times.
 
RSF Rotarians Play Elves to San Pasqual Academy 2020-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - December 20

 
Sabi and Dr. Indira Singh - Arch Klumpf Society Members
 
Archibald C. Klumph was the founding member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland in 1911.  He was a business man who owned and operated Cuyahoga Lumber.
 
In 1913, he became president of the club.  His signature contribution to the club was to build a reserve that would ensure projects could be done in the future.  In 1916, just five years after joining Rotary, Klumph became the sixth RI president.  His enduring legacy as RI president was the creation of the Rotary Foundation.  Though the Rotary Foundation was formally established in 1928, it was Klumph’s declaration at the RI convention in Atlanta in 1917 that launched the Foundation.  And, Mr. Klumph served as the first trustee chair from 1928 - 1935.  
 
Sunday Morning Musings - December 20 2020-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - December 13

 
Disease Prevention and Treatment
 
December in the Rotary world is Disease Prevention and Treatment month.
 
My grandmother told me on many occasions that your health is everything.  She probably was right.  Many, if not most of us, take our health for granted.  We are the lucky ones.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - December 13 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
District Membership Seminar - Part II Scheduled 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Escondido Rotary East Supports Those in Need with Turkey Dinners

The Escondido East Rotary Club delivered 120 Turkey dinners to homebound Seniors on Thanksgiving Day. The Club also delivered 1,200 pounds of turkey to Interfaith to be used for meals of those needing a nice cooked Thanksgiving dinner. A special "thank you" to Rotarian Darol and Linda Caster for getting this organized for the senior's delivery. Rotarians Wayne Brunner and Steve Yerxa for delivering to Interfaith. The many Rotarians and friends who helped deliver meals and a special "thank you" to Rotarian and Branch Manager of First Republic Bank, Dolly Cooper. Her bank donated the funds to pay for all the meals - $1,000. 
 
Escondido Rotary East Supports Those in Need with Turkey Dinners 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Rotaractors Help Out at the San Diego Food Bank

 
Over the two nights the District Rotaract spent at the San Diego Food Bank, they packed 1,200 boxes (over 28,000 meals!) for the senior food program. Thanks to everyone who came out! Rotaractors are looking forward to the next district service project. 
 
Rotaractors Help Out at the San Diego Food Bank 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Urban Corps Receives $5000 Grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a $5000 grant to Urban Corps. The mission of Urban Corps of San Diego County is to provide young adults with the tools to expand their career opportunities through education, life skills training, and paid work experience on projects that benefit our communities.
 
Urban Corps has given thousands of under served low-income young adults ages 18-26 the opportunity to improve themselves while improving their own communities. Urban Corps’ unique work-learn program allows youth  to finish high school while earning a paycheck, learning real-world job skills, and giving back to the community through professional services. 

The Art Pratt Foundation grant of $5000 will be used for the purchase of landscaping equipment to help with brush clearance for wildfire defense in our neighborhoods. One example is a project in City Heights to clear old brush around the houses of low income homeowners.
 
Photo Caption: Lauren Welch is a grant writer for the Urban Corps of San Diego.
Urban Corps Receives $5000 Grant 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Future of Rotary

 
This program is being held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:30 am EST (Washington DC time).
 
Please click here to register.
 
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Anti-Human Trafficking Program Slated for December 17 2020-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month 2020-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Santa gets a little help from Santee-Lakeside Rotarians

On Saturday, December 5, Santee-Lakeside Rotarians assembled 1300 boxes for the Santee Santas Foundation readying them to provide their signature effort -   an annual holiday food and children’s toy distribution.  The club is proud to partner with such a wonderful community organization and has done so for the last six years.
 
This is a tough year for so many people and hopefully the food and gifts these family  receives for the holidays will be a bright spot for them in 2020.   It is expected that over 400  families will benefit this year from this effort.  Santee Santas Foundation has been bringing the holiday spirit to Santee for more than 65 years.
 
 
 
Santa gets a little help from Santee-Lakeside Rotarians 2020-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Musings - December 6

 
 
 
High Society
 
Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey.  Familiar names?  Let’s add one more name to the mix: Paul Harris.  On February 23, 1905, these four gentleman met for the first time at Gustavus Loehr’s law office.  Paul Harris was also an attorney.  This group became the first Rotary club.  From such humble beginnings.  
 
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Rotary Santa to Visit Coronado December 13

 
In keeping with Coronado Rotary tradition stretching back to 1929, Santa will come to Coronado to spread joy to all.   Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their trusty elves will slowly cruise through Coronado neighborhoods between 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 13.   Santa's route begins in the Village, before entering the Cays and then Strand military housing.  
Rotary Santa to Visit Coronado December 13 Sue Ryan 2020-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Share this #GivingTuesday

Posted by K.R Ravindran, Chair, The Rotary Foundation
 
Giving Tuesday has grown into a global movement of generosity. It is a giving day recognized around the world that empowers us all to give back to our communities through service, kindness and financial support – all beliefs that Rotary values deeply.
 
Share this #GivingTuesday K.R Ravindran, Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2020-11-28 08:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary Provides Funds for Thanksgiving Meals

Old Mission Rotary provided funds for full Thanksgiving meals for two deserving families in City Heights. The food baskets were delivered by STAR/PAL on Saturday, November 21st by a procession of five low-rider cars escorted by San Diego Police Department black and whites! Charlotte Cofield and Lee Kaminetz represented Old Mission Rotary.  Charlotte Cofield is our club’s Community Service chair and she was so impressed by STAR/PAL that she reached out to them in the summer. Our first opportunity to support them was a school backpack give away in the fall.
 
The mission of STAR/PAL is to engage underserved youth with law enforcement and develop trusting and long-term relationships. STAR/PAL offers free programs for undeserved and at-risk youth in San Diego that are led by law enforcement officers. These programs focus on violence prevention, mentoring, leadership, civic engagement, outdoor enrichment, and physical fitness.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - Nov 28

 
Giving Tuesday
 
Eight years ago an idea came to someone’s mind at the 92nd Street Y (92nd Street Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association) to have a day of giving monetarily and philanthropically speaking. The 92nd Street Y is 146-years old.  But someone 138-years old did not come up with the concept to have monetary giving day.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - November 22

 
Giving Thanks For Rotary
 
During this Thanksgiving week, I would like to share my gratitude for those people who have made this Rotary year special.  If I have left someone off the list, it was inadvertent or an oversight.  No slight was intended.  Please feel free to make your own list.
 
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Rotarian and Veteran Max Gurney Recognized

 
Max Gurney of Torrey Pines Rotary is a 99 year old WW2 veteran who served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. On Sunday, November 15th, Max was recognized with other WW2 veterans at a ceremony atop Mount Soledad at the National Veterans Memorial. 
 
All Rotarians of District 5340 thanks you Max for your service.  
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Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to San Diego Military Outreach Ministries

 
On Tuesday, November 17th, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant to Sandy Carter (R) who is the president of San Diego Military Outreach Ministries. Their mission is to serve active duty junior enlisted families (E5 and below) with basic needs to help stretch their limited funds.
 
Everything is given free in appreciation for their military service. Families can visit their center or one of the "pop the trunk" pick-up events on military bases to pick up children’s clothing, infant diapers, baby food, toys, small household items and furniture. The Art Pratt funds of $3800 will be used for an office printer, a freezer to store frozen food and a new branded event canopy.
Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to San Diego Military Outreach Ministries 2020-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Bonsall Supports Adopt a Family Drive

 
Officers of The Rotary Club of Bonsall present a donation to the Fallbrook Food Pantry. Treasurer Denise Wilson and Community Service Director Karen Estes handed off a $250 check to Carolina Miller to support the Adopt-A-Family drive in Fallbrook. The donation will be used to buy food and clothes for needy families to boost their enjoyment of Christmas in these difficult times.
 
The Bonsall Rotary Club continues to serve the community through service and donations even though meeting in person isn't currently possible. 
 
Rotary Club of Bonsall Supports Adopt a Family Drive 2020-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

Dianne Crawford to be District Governor 2023-2024

2023-2024 District Governor Selected

Under the provisions of the Rotary International Bylaws, Section 12.030.7, where there is no Challenging Candidate, the District Governor is to declare the candidate of the district nominating committee to be the Governor-Nominee Designate, who will become District Governor for the term of 2023-2024. There were no challenging candidates presented.

It is therefore our honor and pleasure to make the declaration that Dianne Crawford, of the Rotary Club of Southeast San Diego, will serve as District Governor for the Rotary year 2023-2024.
 
District Governor 2020-2021
Steven Weitzen
 
District Nominating Committee, 2021-2020
PDG Marta Knight, Chair 

 
Dianne Crawford to be District Governor 2023-2024 2020-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Help a New Wave of International Female Leaders

 
Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global has just received a shipment of masks  made with  authentic native fabric by our entrepreneur Guatemalan high school seniors whom have qualified for university studies starting January 2021. (None of their parents have gone beyond the 6th grade) . 
Help a New Wave of International Female Leaders 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Zone 26/27 Institute Awards

 
 
 
We are pleased to announce awards given during the Zone Institute held this past Saturday.  District 5340, under the leadership of 2019-2020 DG Marta Knight earned the following recognition:
 
ZONE 26 - PUBLIC IMAGE/BRAND AWARDS:  Best District Website
 
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Invitation to Speaker Presentation

 
 
 
The District Environmental Sustainability Committee is pleased to invite all Rotarians to attend this presentation: Discovering & Protecting the California Chaparral, on November 17, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
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Foundation Seminar Video Available

 
If you missed the November 7 Foundation Seminar, you are in luck.  Thanks to Rotarian Don Fipp, the seminar was recorded and now available for you to watch.   The seminar was very inspiring, showcasing several District 5340 Matching Grant projects.   You'll want to take the time to watch!
 

 
Foundation Seminar Video Available 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Chula Vista Sunrise Prepare for Thanksgiving

 
 
The Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise recently completed their November service project.  They put together Thanksgiving dinner bags for families in need. Ten bags were prepared by club members on Saturday, November 14 to distribute to families through the Chula Vista Community Collaborative. Each bag consists of all the fixings and a gift card for a delicious holiday dinner. 
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Sunday Morning Musings - November 15, 2020 2020-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Rotarians Skydive for Polio Plus

 
What a great day to be a Rancho Bernardo Rotarian! A group of eight RB Rotarians and friends and a large group of cheerleaders gathered at Skydive San Diego in Jamul to skydive to raise money and awareness of the need to eradicate Polio. Although World Polio Day this year was October 24, they decided to celebrate it October 31 to also honor their own Don Glover who celebrated his 80th birthday by skydiving for the second time (his first was five years ago when he turned 75!). There were nine (9) skydivers - Six from RB Rotary and three from Poway Scripps Rotary - Kristin Rayder, Evan Rayder and Mike Villarino supported by Past President Karen Herreros and her daughter. It was a team effort definitely showing how Rotary Clubs can work together.
 
Rancho Bernardo Rotarians Skydive for Polio Plus 2020-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - November 8, 2020

 
Rotary Opens Opportunities.
 
Rotary’s theme for this year is: Rotary Opens Opportunities.  I think (that’s why the column is called Musings) this is a most appropriate theme for this Rotary year.  By the way, I thought last year’s theme of Rotary Connects the World was also an outstanding choice.
 
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Sunday Morning Musings - November 1

 
Rotary Foundation Month
 
November marks Foundation Month in the Rotary world.
 
One of the highlights from the past in our District was in November 2014, when Past District Governor Janice Kurth put on incredible gala at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  The evening was called “Millions For Hope.”  Rotary International President K.R. Ravi Ravindran was there to share his thoughts about where we were in our eradication of polio mission.  The climax of the meeting was the announcement of $30 million raised to eradicate polio.
 
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 Feel the Energy in Taipei - Discount Extended

 
There’s more time to save! Due to the global pandemic, the early-registration discount deadline has been extended to 15 February 2021.
 
 Attending this year’s convention will allow you to connect with new friends, find new opportunities for service, learn fresh skills, and explore innovative ways to make a lasting impact in your community.  You won’t want to miss the energy of the 2021 Rotary Convention in Taipei, Taiwan.
 
We hope you’ll join us in Taipei to Feel the Energy. Don’t forget to invite your friends — download the promotional kit and share our official video about Taipei on your social networks.
 
 
Feel the Energy in Taipei - Discount Extended 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Construct New Homes For Those in Need

Old Mission Rotarian Gary Stemple once again organized and lead a team from Old Mission Rotary to a Project Mercy special fall construction event on a three-acre site in Chula Vista. Volunteers worked on the components for five pre-assembled houses which have been transported to Tijuana for final assembly into single family homes. In normal times, houses are built in Tijuana on site and presented to grateful families at the end of the workday.
 
Project Mercy - Baja provides basic but sturdy homes in Tijuana, Mexico for impoverished families that live in desperately poor neighborhoods or Colonias.

Old Mission Rotary Club Foundation has donated $2500. Each of the 20 homes being built this year cost about $5000 each to build.
 
Photo:  Members of Old Mission Rotary participated in Project Mercy.
 
Photo: Many volunteer groups participate in Project Mercy.  Rotarians not only participate but also bring along friends and family.
 
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Polio Walk in the Wee Hours of the Morning

 
The morning of the 28th of October,  members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps were up and at 'em at dark o'clock to participate in a virtual walk for World Polio Day. Rotarians in our district were encouraged to walk together last week in support of ending polio. The BIG club question - who is brave enough to walk at 6:30 a.m. when it is 57 degrees outside? Well, just a handful of us and one early rising dog. President Dave walked at Big Bear Lake and literally phoned in his walk to Past President Karen, Kristin, Don (joined with his granddog, Red), and Melanie who met at Miramar Lake. 
 
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You're Invited to a Special Zoom Meeting 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

RSF Volunteers at Helen Woodward Animal Center

Story and photo credit: Rancho Santa Fe Review
 
The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary (RSF) club members volunteered October 16 at Rancho Santa Fe's Helen Woodward Animal Center.
 
The Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) has been helping animals in the community for over 40 years.  HWAC is a no-kill facility that receives no government funding so it relies on the Orphaned Objects Resale Shop among other creative ways to support its mission.  Orphaned Objects Resale Shop supports HWAC through financial contributions estimated $250,000 annually.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales at this high-end boutique thrift stores go directly back to HWAC.  
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In Memory of a Fellow Rotarian 2020-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5340 Policies for Rotary Foundation Grants 2021-2022 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Sunday Morning Musings - October 25 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Campaign Celebrated

Collage of photos taken from Facebook showcasing Rotarians and Rotaractors promoting Rotary's End Polio Campaign on October 24, 2020.
 
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Dianne Crawford Selected for District Governor 2023-2024

In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 12, Rotary District 5340 created a Nominating Committee to review and interview candidates recommended by their respective clubs to serve as District Governor during the Rotary Year 2023-2024. 
 
This year’s committee included seven past, current and future District Governors and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Marta Knight.
 
Dianne Crawford Selected for District Governor 2023-2024 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Halloween Blood Drive Scheduled

 
The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club will be holding a Blood Drive on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 11:3am - 5:00pm, in conjunction with the San Diego Blood Bank. 
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Annual Statement and Report of District Finances

Posted by Marta Knight
 
Rotary International and District By-laws require the Immediate Past District Governor to provide each club an independently reviewed annual statement and report of district finances within one year of serving.  The attached statement and report will be discussed and adopted at our 2020 District Conference.
Annual Statement and Report of District Finances Marta Knight 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Council on Legislation Proposed Enactments Due Soon

 
Just a reminder that time is running out!  If your club wants to propose an enactment for the 2022 Council on Legislation, read the following.
 
The time has come for your club to make an impact on the entire Rotary world!
 
Every three years our legislative body, The Council on Legislation, meets to consider impactful changes to our constitutional documents: the RI Constitution, the RI Bylaws and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.  While this event takes place in the spring of 2022, the time to propose enactments for that council is now!
Council on Legislation Proposed Enactments Due Soon 2020-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Ducky Derby to be Held October 26

 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar announced today that although 2020 has seen cancellations of many events, the popular CHILI AND QUACKERS and DUCKY DERBY events will bring the community together once again. This year, the format will be a Quadruple Crown, four race event. On Monday, October 26, 2020, at 5:45pm, the 8th annual Ducky Derby will be virtual for the first time ever. Prizes include cash (up to $300) and a Ranch 45 dinner and wine pairing (valued at $500). 
 
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Pottery Sale Nets $800 for Polio Plus

The Rotary Club of La Mesa Sunrise held a pottery sale at the home of Club President Elly Dotseth this Saturday, October 17.  Elly is a professional potter and offered up some of her wares for the benefit of Rotary's End Polio Now campaign.  The sale netted $800 towards Polio Plus.
 
Pottery Sale Nets $800 for Polio Plus 2020-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Continuing Harvest Efforts

The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club is known for its harvesting efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Their efforts support organizations that provide food to families experiencing food insecurities during this troubling time.
 
The Club is routinely in route to a location offering harvesting opportunities of local produce.  They bring along with them friends and family and they use these harvesting quests as a means to interest others in joining Rotary. 
 
This time round, the harvesting netted 60 bags of apples.  The perfect fruit for those fall pie bakers.  
 
 
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Continuing Harvest Efforts 2020-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Join Us for a Virtual Rotary Foundation Seminar

 
 
 
Join us for an exciting Rotary Foundation Seminar.  The seminar will be held via Zoom.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  Invite your friends and family to join in.  They will walk away with a deeper appreciation for all the good work Rotary does locally and world-wide.  
Join Us for a Virtual Rotary Foundation Seminar 2020-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

San Marcos Rotary Club Raises Funds for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programs

On August 15, 2020, the Rotary Club of San Marcos held its 3rd Annual Goat for Joe Golf Classic (GFJ) at Goat Hill Park Golf Course in Oceanside. They raised funds for mental health and suicide prevention programs and specifically for the Behavioral Health Division of True Care based in San Marcos (formerly North County Health Services). The club had tee times for 90 golfers on the course, and served breakfast and lunch to 125 people including the golfers, the course's staff and 10 volunteers!  Due to COVID-19, the scheduled Mental Health Fair which would have had 10 different mental health care providers was cancelled.  The family activities including a baby goat petting zoo, air bouncer, and cotton candy stand were also prohibited.
 
Last week at the Rotary Club of San Marco's  weekly Zoom meeting, GFJ Chairs Dana and Andrea Albert presented a check for $5,000 to True Care for their behavioral health programs.  Please save the date for their next Goat For Joe Golf Classic, which will be held on Saturday May 22, 2021 once again at Goat Hill Park.  They anticipate over 300 attendees for golf, the mental health resource fair, and family barbecue and amusements!  
 
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Rotarians Skydiving to “End Polio Now”

 
The Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club will mark World Polio Day (October 24) a week late on October 31 (Halloween) by supporting several members and friends in a skydiving event.  Led by Don Glover, whose 80th birthday is also October 31, six people, including Past District Governor Mike Stelman, will jump at the SkyDive San Diego Center in Otay Mesa. 
 
Over 30 masked and socially distanced Rotarians and friends will cheer them on while complying with all local regulations.  One of the club's members, Jo Casterline, who is a polio survivor and 91 years old, will be in attendance and will not be jumping only because her health care provider doesn’t think that’s a good idea!  The photo above shows Don’s first jump - five years ago on his 75th birthday. His enthusiastic leadership in arranging this event has been the key to motivating others to participate.  All are looking forward to supporting this vitally important Rotary cause.
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Sunday Morning Musings - October 18

 
Jessie Case
 
I would like you to meet and get to know Jessie Case. Who, you might ask, is Jessie Case? Let me do my best to introduce you. First, Jessie is the co-chair of Rotaract for our District. Next year she will chair Rotaract all by her lonesome. But, there is more to Jessie than that.
 
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World Polio Day Events

 
Plan a fun event for your Club to celebrate the AMAZING success of Rotary International’s very successful program to eliminate polio from the face of the earth.
 
In September, all of Africa was declared Polio-free after four years without a case.  We are down to just two countries—Pakistan and Afghanistan—and World Health teams are going into those areas again to give the precious drops to children to save them from the scourge of Polio.  
 
If your club is participating in World Polio Day events, either club-sponsored or in the District's Virtual Polio Walk (see flier in this edition of NEWSBITS), you can pick up End Polio Now pins and wristbands to distribute to those who are participating in celebrating World Polio Day (Week)—October 24—31.
 
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District Anti-Human Trafficking ZOOM Workshop Oct. 22 at 6:30pm 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gratefulness Week

 
Being an essential worker during this pandemic means potentially exposing themselves and their families to COVID-19 while performing their job duties.  Essential workers are having to deal with new stresses of adding physical distancing measures to their jobs, shifting work hours, changing childcare needs with school closures among many other challenges, all while serving our community.  They are making sure there is food, water, electricity, trash, sanitation services, and health care services. 
 
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Rotary Scholars Stay Connected Through Water Diplomacy

Posted by Steve Brown
Nataliya Chemayeva at her desk at the Scientific-Information Center, Interstate Sustainable Development Commission, International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.
 
Through The Rotary Foundation, we invest in emerging leaders who are using their skills to make the world a better place. We have the amazing opportunity in Rotary to participate in this work by offering scholarships that enable these young leaders to expand their skills and make connections with other professionals in their fields.

During Reconnect Week 5-11 October, we celebrate these alumni and hold activities designed to keep them connected. These alumni serve as ambassadors for Rotary, joining a growing network of peacebuilders and service-minded professionals who are partnering with us to do good in the world.
 
 
 
 
Rotary Scholars Stay Connected Through Water Diplomacy Steve Brown 2020-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Sustainable Investing: A Force for Positive Change

 
Speaker Presentation by the District Environmental Sustainability Committee

The District Environmental Sustainability Committee is pleased to invite all Rotarians to attend this presentation: Sustainable Investing – A Force for Positive Change, on October 20, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
 
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Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Supports the Community Food Connection

 
It began when Dale Long, Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club's president-elect, suggested that the Club volunteer to gather fruit in local orchards to donate to the Community Food Connection. In short order, the Club could see  there was still a greater need for more support, prompting Kim Varey, the Club's community chairperson to ask members to step up and do more.
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Supports the Community Food Connection 2020-10-10 07:00:00Z 0

Community Service at San Dieguito County Park

Photo: Valentine Songeur, Niels Lund, Mike Rypins, Carter Stafford (President), Amelie Catheline, Lynn Stevens, John O’Halloran, Dick Stevens at the Butterfly Garden
 
Members of the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club (sbeco.org) have been volunteering once a month at San Dieguito County Park for over two years. As the club is oriented to serve on environmental projects, it was a natural fit for club member volunteers to come help at the park. Over the years, they have removed invasive plants, beautified small sections of the park and planted trees.
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Rotarians Who Have Recently Passed 2020-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Mother Spends Time in Iron Lung 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

The Walk for the Trail

"The Walk 4 The Trail" fundraiser is an exceptional way for your Rotarian Club members to get together in small groups, enjoy the amazing views from the iconic La Jolla Coast Walk Trail and in a COVID responsible, outdoor setting.  There is a sunrise (7-9:00 am) and sunset hike (4:30-6:30 pm) to chose from.
 
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Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Drive In Meeting

Looking for great ideas on how to switch up meetings?  Here is an example of the creativity Rotary clubs are known for:  The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club is trying a new creative approach to Rotary meetings by having its members gather in their cars for drive-in  meetings.  Planning requires the following to be considered:  
 
  • A large, available, quiet parking lot
  • A radio transmitter
  • The identification of a specific radio channel that works in the environment
  • The conveyance of that radio frequency to the membership
  • The parking instructions (facing one way or another)
  • The non-availability of audio-visual (or others may have that technical ability to do it)
  • Packaged meals/water delivered to each car
  • An RSVP re attendance (for meal service)
  • Set-up with Rotary banners, etc.
The Drive-In Rotary requires the program/speakers  to understand A/V is not necessarily available.  The club uses a cell phone number for their members to TEXT questions to the speaker.  The club conducted its  2019-2020 Annual Awards Ceremony via Drive-In Rotary so they could take good pictures and at least have their honorees FEEL the support they enjoy from the membership.
 
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Virtual Polio Walk 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad Oktober-Feast

Want to have some fun in October? During a normal year, the two Carlsbad Rotary clubs would be hosting the 38th Annual Oktoberfest, a family fall festival in early October.  
 
For the safety of our community and Rotary club members, the clubs changed the format of the event for 2020.  They wanted a way to support their local restaurants during this difficult time and to continue to raise funds for their philanthropic work in our community. The clubs have partnered with nine local restaurants to create a 31-day celebration titled, Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad Oktober-Feast.
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District Anti-Human Trafficking ZOOM Workshop

 
A District Anti-Human Trafficking ZOOM Workshop will be held on October 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  This will be the first of two sessions.  We invite you to learn more about this $800 million illicit business in our region and what you can do about it.
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Sunday Morning Musings - October 4

 
 
World Polio Day
 
October 24th marks World Polio Day. World Polio day is always observed on the 24th. That date is so random. Even though the 24th falls on a Saturday this year, why not the 1st, 10th 15th or 20th?
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Deadline is Fast Approaching 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference in Lives of Young Teenage Boys

 
Making a difference in the lives of young teenage boys growing up without a positive role model is nothing new to members of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship.  In fact, Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Founder of Surfers Unite has been involved with the 100 Wave Challenge for Boys to Men Mentoring for the past four years.  Brett leads the charge on the Degree 33 Surfboards team and has involved a half dozen Rotaractors and Rotarians in District 5340 as a result.  Rodger Dougherty of Club 33 (RC of San Diego) has been participating in the 100 Wave Challenge since the inaugural year in 2010.  A Lifetime Member of Surfers Unite and Senior Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente, Rodger has also been a huge financial supporter of the annual fundraiser for Boys to Men Mentoring.  Talk about dedication, Rodger even completed the 100 Wave Challenge solo while on the East coast on business a couple years ago.  
 
Making a Difference in Lives of Young Teenage Boys 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

XV Virtual Project Fair - Ecuador

 
Greetings from District 4400, Ecuador!   
 
It is our pleasure to invite you and your Club to attend our XV Rotary Project Fair to be held online on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of November 2020. 
 
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11th Annual 100 Wave Challenge

 
 
The 100 Wave Challenge runs September 19 through November 22 with the Degree 33 Surfboards team and Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship members taking off at Cardiff on October 3rd.  Be sure to swing by the event to cheer them on as they ring the gong after completing 100 waves each.  Better yet, if you would like to get involved to support this 501(c)3 as a mentor, volunteer, help out at the event or make a donation be sure to check out the Events page of Surfers Unite at: https://surfersunite.org/event-3886414.
 
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Emilio Nares Foundation Receives Grant

 
Photo: The Emilio Nares Foundation was created by the parents of young Emilio who passed away from cancer
 
On September 15th, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5588 to the Emilio Nares Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase an office printer.
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Sunday Morning Musings - September 27

 
Our Friends and Fellow Rotarians in 4100.
 
In early July I was introduced to Guillermo Nava, District Governor for District 4100. District 4100 covers all of Baja California, and from the Arizona border down to Culiacan, Mexico on the interior of Mexico.
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Rotary Foundation District Grants Update

Posted by Marta Knight, PDG
District Grants:
 
Congratulations to the District Foundation Grant Sub-Committee for the successful submission and approval by Rotary International of the 2019–2020 District Grant Report.
 
The 2020-2021 District Grants block grant application for $152,233, was submitted and approved by Rotary International. This year we have 46 clubs with 96 grants totaling $150,525, of matching funds. Funds will be wired to our District Grant account. Clubs with approved grants need to make sure that their banking information is correctly uploaded in the matching grants.org website so funds can be forwarded.
 
Rotary Foundation District Grants Update Marta Knight, PDG 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
RSF Rotary Club serves 300 Meals at USO 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Sustainability Award for Green Businesses

 
The District Environmental Sustainability Committee (DES) is pleased to inform all Rotarians that the San Diego Green Building Council is hosting its 3rd Annual Sustainability Award and the application deadline is October 16th.  Rotary Clubs have created a wide community of businesses and nonprofit organizations and this event is a great opportunity to showcase their green business practices. The DES encourages Rotarians, who may find an interest to this event, to apply and share with organizations or businesses that are looking to celebrate their best practices.
 
Sustainability Award for Green Businesses 2020-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
Join the Virtual Run - Get App Today 2020-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Newsbits Delayed a Week 2020-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - September 13

 
Larry Potter
 
Larry Potter is the insurance and risk management chair of District 5340. Larry is also a past president of the Downtown Breakfast Club. Larry is also openly gay. And, this is where our story begins.
 
Sunday Morning Musings - September 13 2020-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Announcing New District Treasurer 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

10,000 Meal Packaging Event a Success

This past Saturday, the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club along with 50 other volunteers from 10 other San Diego clubs and a group from PB Rotaract Club worked with the Outreach Program to package over 10,000 nutritious meals.
 
10,000 Meal Packaging Event a Success 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

La Mesa Sunrise Rotary & Learn4Life Partnership

The La Mesa Sunrise Club has been busy this past month providing scholarships and food deliveries to recipients of the Learn4Life schools.  Learn4Life schools help students with needs that cannot be met by traditional public schools.
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary &amp; Learn4Life Partnership 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual BocceFest Celebration of Giving

 
After 23 years, Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary’s BocceFest - our fun fundraiser, bocce tournament, craft beer tasting, and auction has been cancelled due to the pandemic.  However, because the need of our services and support for many non-profits is even greater these days, Rotarians called on past Bocce sponsors and donors, who have generously pledged over $36,000 as of September 9.  To celebrate this milestone, the Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary will be hosting a BocceFest Celebration of Giving via a Zoom Webinar on Tuesday evening, September 15, from 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Virtual BocceFest Celebration of Giving 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Get Ready for Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week

During Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week, October 5-11, Rotary members and alumni will gather to share their experiences, network, and exchange ideas for staying involved in Rotary. Join the action! Create a post on social media and tag it #RotaryReconnect. Hold a virtual meeting with alumni to share ideas. Invite an alum to speak at your online club meeting.
 
Get Ready for Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week 2020-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge

Learn about Equity - Diversity - Inclusion.  Join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge!
 
 
 
Are you seeking a rational, constructive, non-divisive approach to exploring social justice here at home and across the country? The Peace Building Committee of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club is about to launch such an exploration. 
 
21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - Sept 6

 
Learning and Leadership
 
September is Basic Education month in Rotary.
 
We in Rotary are servant leaders. We wouldn’t be in Rotary if we weren’t leaders.  Leaders learn. Leaders read. Leaders study. Part of leadership in Rotary is continuing education. 
 
Sunday Morning Musings - Sept 6 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Join the Coastal Cleanup Day

 
The District Environmental Sustainability Committee is inviting you to participate in a regional coastal cleanup day organized by I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD), with the support of the California Coastal Commission. The 36th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day encourages you to Protect Your Happy Place! 
 
Join the Coastal Cleanup Day 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Emphasizes Supporting the Environment

Posted by Kitt Williams
 
Coronado Rotarians put “Supporting the Environment” into action on a steamy Saturday morning along the Silver Strand bike trail.  Ivan Dunn, Rick Wilcoxon and Frank Spitzer donned Rotary vests and took trash cans, “grabbers” and gloves along with their masks to clear trash from the bike trail.  In just a few hours, they picked up enough trash to fill an oversize trash bag along with several smaller trash bags.  Their reward, aside from the satisfaction of leaving a clean trail, came from supportive shouts from passing runners, bike riders and walkers, along with finding $30!
Rotary Emphasizes Supporting the Environment Kitt Williams 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

The District Environmental Sustainability Committee Invites You to Participate

 
The District Environmental Sustainability (DES) Committee,  created a few months ago with a mission to educate and support projects that protect our environment, meets regularly and all clubs are invited to be part of the discussion. If you feel like representing your club and/or would like to start a club committee dedicated to the Rotary Seventh Area of Focus, please join us on Monday September 14th at 6:30 p.m. for our next meeting.
 
The District Environmental Sustainability Committee Invites You to Participate 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual 5K Run

Want to support frontline pandemic heroes?   Here is a way to do it.  Join the Rotary Club of Coronado Binacional and participate in their virtual 5-K run being held on September 26 and 27.  Click here to register.  There is a requested $14 donation.  
 
Virtual 5K Run 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
END POLIO NOW Wine-Tasting Goes Virtual, with an Online Free-to-Public Silent Auction 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

District Website Earns Award

 
 
Immediate Past District Governor Marta Knight was notified that  District 5340 was chosen for having the  2019-2020 BEST DISTRICT WEBSITE  in Zone 26 under the category of Public Image/Brand Awards.  
 
District Website Earns Award 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

District-Wide Volunteer Opportunity Needs Your Help

 
 
Volunteers are desperately needed for this fun and important meal packaging event on September 12. This event is now open to friends and family over 18 years. Please sign up now on Givsum by purchasing a ticket online at: https://www.givsum.com/opportunities/sd-coastal-rotary-10-000-meal-packaging-event-532d9292c.
 
If you are unable to volunteer but would like to donate, you can also do this on Givsum. Any amount raised over the $3000 needed to purchase the food will be donated directly to the Outreach Program for future events. 
District-Wide Volunteer Opportunity Needs Your Help 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Another Zoom Tip - Updates

 
Zoom keeps adding additional features, some very useful for our Rotary meetings.  Updates come out about twice a month (latest Sept 1, 2020).  Zoom will notify you about critical updates or bug fixes.  Otherwise, you must manually check for updates (smartphones should update automatically).
 
Another Zoom Tip - Updates 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

Another Zoom Tip From the Encinitas Rotary Club

 
Even when permissible, it may be some time until all Rotarians are comfortable with attending "in-person" Rotary meetings. And some clubs are actually experiencing increased member engagement with Zoom.  Now is the time to investigate options for "hybrid" meetings where some members meet in person and others join virtually via Zoom. Rotary Zones 33-34 has produced an excellent "how to" nuts and bolts guide for the technology side of hybrid meetings, from simple to more complex approaches at the "hobbyist" level.
Another Zoom Tip From the Encinitas Rotary Club 2020-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Sign Up Now for September 12 District-wide Service Project 2020-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
Sunday Morning Musings - August 30, 2020 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Take Action for World Polio Day

 
 
Get ready for World Polio Day on October 24 by promoting awareness, raising funds, and planning club events. This year, calling attention to our efforts to eradicate polio is as important as ever.
 
We’ve shown that we can defeat this devastating disease, as five out of six regions are now free of wild poliovirus — but the fight is not over. Wild polio still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.
Take Action for World Polio Day 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Special Thank You to Old Mission Rotary Community Service Chair

Special thanks to Old Mission Rotary's Community Service Chair, Charlotte Cofield, for partnering with STAR/PAL on a service project to distribute back packs filled with school supplies to inner city youth on Friday, August 28th.  The Old Mission Rotary Foundation donated $1000 to the project.

STAR/PAL was founded in 1988 and is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization with a unique nationally recognized model of police and community collaboration. Sworn officers from the San Diego Police and County Probation Departments work side-by-side with civilian personnel and trained law enforcement volunteers to provide the leadership and mentoring critical in promoting youth safety, positive life choices, and academic success. All STAR/PAL programs are led by law enforcement officers who educate youth about the dangers of juvenile crime and violence.
 
PHOTO:  Old Mission Rotary President Gary John (R) and Steve Nuñez volunteered to work at the STAR/PAL event at Colina Del Sol Recreation Center.
 
Special Thank You to Old Mission Rotary Community Service Chair 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Local Business Gets Help from City Heights Rotaract Club

City Heights Rotoractor Club just completed its first community service project of the Rotary Year - revitalizing the outdoor space of a local coffee cafe to enable them to continue to be a gather place for locals.  
 
Cafeina Cafe in City Heights opened its doors to the community about a year ago. The coffee shop is owned by Andrew Benavides, who grew up in the neighborhood. Since opening, they have provided much more than coffee. Besides the mexican sweet bread and ice cream, Cafeina has opened its doors to local artists and community organizations.
 
City Heights Rotaract's president, Rudy Vargas, frequents the local community coffee shop.  When COVID hit, he realized people lost a place to gather, meet and study when Cafeina transitioned to to-go orders only. Rudy noticed that the outdoor area behind Cafeina Coffee needed some love so he asked Andrew if he'd be interested in partnering in a service project. Andrew jumped at the idea. The goal was to help reestablish a community gathering place not only during COVID, but for years to come.
 
Director of Service, Tristen Cain, rolled up his sleeves and applied for a Rotary Foundation grant to help us match any club contributions to this project. After receiving the generous support, Tristen organized our members in a COVID friendly project, splitting masked members into small groups to tackle landscaping, painting, and bench building. At the end of the day, the place glowed.
 
City Heights Rotaract cannot wait to see the place activated by our amazing community. We are grateful for Andrew for opening his business for this opportunity, our members for all their hard work during this heatwave, the Rotary Foundation for providing us with a grant to make this happen, Brandon Cain for lending his expertise and Linda Pennington for providing tools to make this possible. This is what community looks like!
 
City Heights Rotaract is proudly sponsored by San Diego Rotary Club 33 and Mission Gorge Rotary Club. 
 
Local Business Gets Help from City Heights Rotaract Club 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Fuel the Frontline San Diego

The Rotary Club of Del Mar supported the Fuel the Frontline San Diego effort on Friday, August 28th. The Club purchased a total of 55 meals from Del Mar restaurants Pacifica and Board & Brew and delivered them to healthcare providers at Scripps Emergency Room, Encinitas. Club members pictured are Brett Mattei, President Dugan Lamoise, Nina Wright, Don Fipps, Donna Fipps and Marty Peters. Photos courtesy of Philippe Lamoise. Board & Brew Pacifica Del Mar https://www.fuelthefrontlinesandiego.com/.
 
Fuel the Frontline San Diego 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Supports Military Families with Donation

 
On August 26th, the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Foundation presented a $600 check to Cathe Robling of the Navy Marine Corps Proud Foundation which supports the six San Diego Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offices. The NMC Proud Foundation assists their military clients in financial need by providing them food and gas gift cards for the commissary and the exchange and delivers them to the six offices quarterly. They are here for the military in San Diego. 
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Supports Military Families with Donation 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Africa Now Polio Free

Posted by Ryan Hyland
 
African region declared free of wild poliovirus
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
Africa Now Polio Free Ryan Hyland 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Escondido Rotary Clubs Join Together to Help Community

 
The Rotary Club of Escondido After 5, obtained a matching grant to help with the purchase of 450 PPE shields for medical staff at the Neighborhood Healthcare Clinic in Escondido.  Neighborhood Healthcare provides medical services for underserved community members and, with the surge of the pandemic, the clinic was having problems obtaining sufficient PPE for their staff. After 5 is one of the Escondido Rotary Clubs that stepped in to help keep these front-line medical workers safe. Snacks and Thank You cards were also delivered to our frontline heroes working at the health clinic.
 
Working together, Escondido Rotary Clubs have been able to leverage their joint strength to make a larger impact in the community, while modeling the spirit and power of joint cooperation for Service Above Self.
Escondido Rotary Clubs Join Together to Help Community 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Virtual Convention Breakout Sessions Now in Learning Center 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Oceanside Rotarian Featured in the Rotarian Magazine

 
It's not often one gets recognized in a international magazine.  But that is the case for Oceanside Rotary Club Rotarian, Reneé Richardson-Wendee.  Reneé, who is an assisted living facility administrator, was one of 10 COVID-19 essential workers that were featured in the August edition of the Rotarian.  The article, "The World Stopped.  They didn't," highlighted those who put service above self when it counted most.
 
Oceanside Rotarian Featured in the Rotarian Magazine 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Holding Poinsettia Sale 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Santa Fe Blood Drive Completely Full

The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club held a community-wide blood drive on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club parking lot.  
 
The sponsors included the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary club, Carter Financial, RSF Golf Club, and others.
 
The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) provided a Blood Mobile and the demand was unprecedented.
 
The blood drive was the largest turnout of the day for the blood bank and 39 people were registered and 34 units of blood were collected.  The San Diego Blood Bank offered free Covid-19 antibody testing and other wellness profile tests to donors.
 
These life saving gifts will help save the lives of 102 people in just one afternoon!
 
Another blood drive will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (more information to come) to meet the unmet demand for donation appointments.  Please mark your calendars today!
 
Rancho Santa Fe Blood Drive Completely Full 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
Life-Saving Blood Needed 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Sunday Morning Musings - August 23

 
Bill McDade
 
I recently have had conversations with Past District Governor Bill McDade. I found him to be candid, fun and a well spring of knowledge. With Bill’s permission, I would like to share his story.
Sunday Morning Musings - August 23 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Newsbits Moving to Sunday Delivery

 
To avoid being caught up in your Monday morning routine at work, we have decided to deliver Newsbits to your e-mail box on Sunday.  We hope this gives you a better opportunity to review its content.  Enjoy!
Newsbits Moving to Sunday Delivery 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meet Rotary International Peace Scholar

Meet Nasema Zeerak, Rotary International Peace Scholar, currently studying at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.  In a Zoom presentation on Wednesday, August 19, Nasema, a native of Afghanistan,  described her background, current studies, and future aspirations. 
 
If you'd like to hear the presentation and learn about The Rotary Foundation funding process that facilitates scholarships like this one, click here.  To learn more about Peace Fellowships, click here.
 
Meet Rotary International Peace Scholar 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

NBC7 Stolen Trailer Goes Live

 
On August 20, 2020, NBC San Diego debuts “STOLEN,” an expansive documentary series about the sex trafficking and exploitation of children in San Diego County.
 
NBC7 Stolen Trailer Goes Live 2020-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Membership Workshop Presentation Available Online 2020-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Monday Morning Musings - August 17 2020-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Santee K-12 Students Receive Backpacks 2020-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Free Virtual Clubrunner Conference 2020-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Monday Morning Musings - August 10 2020-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Nomination of District Governor 2023-2024

Posted by Marta Knight
 
Pursuant to Rotary International Bylaws, Section 12.030.3, I invite all clubs to submit their suggestions for nominations for District Governor 2023-2024. All Nomination Forms for District Governor must be received no later than Saturday, October 10, 2020, to be considered.  Email them to mknight@rotary5340.org or via mail to:  Rotary District 5340 Nominating Committee, 5052 Clairemont Drive #178651, San Diego, CA 92177.
Nomination of District Governor 2023-2024 Marta Knight 2020-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Another Zoom Tip from the Encinitas Rotary Club 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
A Path Forward 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

First Woman Nominated to be RI President

 
 
Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.  Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.
First Woman Nominated to be RI President 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Monday Morning Musings - August 3

Posted by Steven Weitzen
 
At one time I was the secretary of my club. It was a position for which I was ill suited. My minutes reflected only those who attended the board meetings and those who didn’t. I took the motion, the second and the vote. That was pretty much it.
Monday Morning Musings - August 3 Steven Weitzen 2020-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Membership Seminar Slated for August 15 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Council on Legislation 2022 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Tribal Community to Benefit from $500 Grant

On Friday July 31,  Rancho Bernardo Rotary Foundation Past President Don Glover presented a $500 check to Inan Linton, President of A.B. Linton Foundation to support and improve the area's tribal community by providing resources for higher education and Native American Scholarships. 
Tribal Community to Benefit from $500 Grant 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Rotaract Giving Certificates

 
Last year, for the first time, The Rotary Foundation offered a Rotaract Giving Certificate to recognize Rotaract clubs that contribute substantially to the Foundation. In order for a club to achieve this distinction, at least five of its members needed to donate a total of $50. 
Rotary Foundation Rotaract Giving Certificates 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Nomination Period Begins for 2023-24 District Governor 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

Pam Russell Named As District Representative 

 
Congratulations to Pam Russell, District Governor 2008-2009, from La Jolla Golden Triangle Club on her selection by club ballots,  as District 5340's Council on Legislation Representative for the 2020-2023 period.  Philippe Lamoise, District Governor 2006-2007, from the Del Mar Club will serve as Alternate. 
Pam Russell Named As District Representative 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Past DG Robert Piva Has Passed Steven Weitzen 2020-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Encinitas Rotaract Holding Produce Drive 2020-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Chula Vista Sunrise Supports Community Through Hope 2020-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

Monday Morning Musings - July 27

 
About five years ago I attended the PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar) in Los Angeles. At one of the dinners I had the good fortune to sit next to a young woman from a country in Africa.
Monday Morning Musings - July 27 2020-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

District Grants Information You Need to Know

Our 2020-2021 District Foundation Committee met this past week. The Committee is closing the District Grants for 2019-2020 year.  They also getting ready  to approve and award the DDF, District Designated Funds, for the new Rotary year.
 
District Grants Information You Need to Know 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
Virtually Discover the Ecuador Tropical Dry Forest 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Zoom Tip from the Encinitas Rotary Club 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Selection of Council on Legislation Representative Marta Knight 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

Parade of Flags

Posted by Courtesy of David Throop - Crown City Magazine
 
Multiple times a year, from every National holiday to every time one of the three U.S. Naval Aircraft Carriers stationed in Coronado arrives, there is a practice and display that is different from many other towns and cities.
Parade of Flags Courtesy of David Throop - Crown City Magazine 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Monday Morning Musings - July 20 Steven Weitzen 2020-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Monday Musings Steve Weitzen, District Governor 2020-07-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Earn Citation Recognition

At the June Governor's Dinner, DG Marta Knight announce winners of the Rotary Citation Awards.  Clubs earning this distinction achieved their goals that unite people and take action.
 
Clubs earning presidential distinction went beyond the minimum goals required for the Rotary Citation.
 
Awardees:  
 
 
Rotary Clubs Earn Citation Recognition 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Hear World-Renown Motivational Speaker

 
Join Mission Gorge Rotary Club for an evening with Michael Angelo Caruso on July 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM on ZOOM.  Mission Gorge, our District’s newest Club, is pleased to invite you to hear world renowned motivational speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso.
 
Hear World-Renown Motivational Speaker 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
RSF Rotary Held Successful Food Drive Rancho Santa Fe Review 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowship at the Park

The Rotary Club of El Cajon Sunset held its first meeting of the 2020-2021 year at La Mesita Park in La Mesa CA, with all the State and local health directives observed.  It was a joyful break from the current Zoom meeting format and it was a great way to socialize in open air all the while practicing distancing.
 
Rotary Fellowship at the Park 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

RB Rotarians Thank Caregivers

Below is a picture from Sunrise Living thanking Rancho Bernardo Rotary for the cake and gift cards they were given. This was part of a program where Rancho Bernardo Rotary provided 258 gift cards and five "Thank You" cakes to care workers in five facilities in Rancho Bernardo, Poway & Escondido. Everyone was very appreciative as Rotarian, Sandie Dewane did a fantastic job organizing everything.
 
RB Rotarians Thank Caregivers 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Family is Growing Steve Weitzen 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Honored at Virtual District Governors' Celebration 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
DG Steve Weitzen to Author Weekly Column in Newsbits 2020-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
July Is New Leadership Month 2020-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

An Easier Way to Browse Quickly

 
 
 
To make skimming articles in our weekly Newsbits easier, you will now see a graphic and one or two sentences from the article or announcement on the front page.  To read the full text, please click "read more".   
An Easier Way to Browse Quickly 2020-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Outgoing District Governor Year-End Message

 
It was an honor serving District 5340 as your Governor, living our theme, "Rotary Connects the World".  I was so proud as all of you connected with your club, your community, and with each other sharing what we as Rotarians are all about - People of Action, doing Good in the World.
 
We started our Rotary year with a new Vision Statement Strategic Plan, a roadmap to follow, that did create impact in your communities and around the world.  The vision - "Together we see a world where People Unite and Take Action to Create lasting Change - across the Globe, in our Communities and in Ourselves".    You all achieved this new vision, completing four priorities:
 
  1. Increasing our impact
  2. Expanding our reach
  3. Enhancing participant engagement
  4. Increasing our ability to adapt
COVID-19 along came and changed our world.  But, being People of Action who are inventive, entrepreneurial and resilient, you were ready to seek out fresh opportunities to serve, and reinvent how you operated with confidence.  
 
Thank you for this UNBELIEVEABLE opportunity to serve.  I have so many memories and experiences in my heart.  Thank you for sharing and making your Rotary world a part of mine.
 
I am proud as you Make Good Happen Together, with Love, Compassion and Joy". 
Outgoing District Governor Year-End Message 2020-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Access To Convention Videos 2020-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

School Closure Makes Way for Covid-19 Funding

The Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global (E-Club) was awarded a three-year VTT Global Grant (#1747029 FY17-19).  This is a BEL (Basic Education Literacy) grant whose goal was to improve teacher training in Honduras, resulting in keeping students in school.  Due to the Covid-19 virus and immigration problems, this grant ended early, leaving about $8,000 leftover from the funds to cover the volunteer teachers travel from the US that were not used.
 
The E-Club contacted past District 4250 (Honduras, Guatemala and Belize) Governors, Julio Gracioso and Dr. José Antonio Interiana Torre who directed the E-Club to Sergio Pineda, Usula Rotary Club, San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  Maxie Glackman from the E-Club, the lead Rotarian on this project,  worked with Regionaldo Muñoz from Students Helping Honduras for many years and between the three parties discussed how the unspent funding could be used to support Covid-19 needs. With amazing coordination between the E-Club, the Usula Rotary Club, San Pedro Sula and Students Helping Honduras, food packages were put together and have been sent to the students and their families who were the beneficiaries of this grant.  
 
School Closure Makes Way for Covid-19 Funding 2020-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Canine Companions for Independence Receives Grant

The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary awarded $6,000 grant to Canine Companions for Independence.  The money will be used to repair the roof of their Oceanside dog training facility.  Since 1975, Canine Companions for Independence has provided assistance dogs, free of charge, to recipients.  
 
Old Mission Rotarian Tom Sandler (holding dog below) and his wife, Sondra are now raising their 11th puppy for the organization.  Volunteers get puppies at eight weeks old and socialize and train them for a year and a half.  The dogs are then returned to Canine companions for advanced training.  
 
Canine Companions for Independence Receives Grant 2020-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Impacts Thousand Smiles' August Clinic Date

Thousand Smiles Foundation | Changing Lives One Smile at a Time
 
The Covid-19 pandemic appears to follow a pattern of infection and illness that has been closely observed, and the Thousand Smiles Foundation (Foundation) has learned a great deal over the last six months.  Fortunately, Southern California and Northern Baja have posted their public health data, and we have not seen the kind of severe disease as in places like New York and Italy.  As expected the Foundation is experiencing problems in more densely populated areas that have inadequate social distancing and limited medical resources.  In Northern Baja, notably in the cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, there continues to be a large number of residents who carry the infection, and some percentage of them becoming very ill or dying.
 
Covid-19 Impacts Thousand Smiles' August Clinic Date 2020-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
School in Philippines Receives Hand Washing Station 2020-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
New Area of Focus Announced 2020-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Good News - Polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria!

 
Rotarians, your End Polio Now work is making a difference.  The World Health Organization (WHO) announced  today that Polio is no longer endemic in  the country of Nigeria, leaving the devastating disease endemic in only two remaining countries and bringing the world one major step closer to achieving the goal of ending polio for good.  Nigeria has not reported a case of wild poliovirus since July 24, 2014, and all laboratory data has confirmed that a full 12 months have passed without any new cases!
Good News - Polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria! 2020-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Are Needed

 
Volunteers needed! The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services and San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) have contracted with Jewish Family Services (JFS) San Diego to provide meals and groceries to over 90% of food insecure seniors in the County through their 211 system.  
Volunteers Are Needed Gina Woodard 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Feel the Energy in Taipei - 2021 Rotary Convention 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Join the Celebration!

 
It's not too late to participate in the Governor's Celebration, this Monday, June 29.  The Zoom celebration can be accessed with this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88387471400?pwd=bmJUbzdoNVhZa09saG0wTjZZZUpEdz09  Password: 932005.  It would be helpful if you register to give us a headcount of all who participated.  You can register online.  This is  a free event.  
 
The Governor's Celebration is going to be an exciting evening of fun, recognitions and celebrations.  
 
The event will open at 5:45 pm with the program beginning at 6:10 pm with our Celebration of Life, honoring 36 Rotarians that have passed this Rotary Year.  
 
The Governor Celebration will start at 6:30 pm.  We have worked very hard to make this an enjoyable evening for all of you.
 
We have many special Rotarians joining us to congratulate our District for all that we have done together this year as "Rotary Connects the World".
 
We will recognize club activities, Rotary Foundation awards, Rotary Citation winners, Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of the Year, and Rotarian and Rotaractor of the Year. 
 
2020-2021 District Governor Steve Weitzen will be inducted as well as incoming Club Presidents and Assistant Governors.
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Find a Rotary Fellowship That's Right for You

 
Want to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience?  Join a Rotary Fellowship!   Rotary Fellowships are international groups of Rotary Members, their family members, program participants, alumni, and even non-members who share a common passion.
 
From Bowlers to jazz fans, scuba divers to history enthusiasts, photographers to lawyers, there's a Rotary Fellowship for everyone.  Currently, about 91 fellowships unite members in fun and friendship.
 
Find a Rotary Fellowship That's Right for You 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

RB Rotary Club Supports Covid-19 Needs at Interfaith

 
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club continues to provide assistance in support of Covid-19 needs.  Recently, the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Foundation contributed $5,250 to the Interfaith Emergency Covid-19 program.  This was part of their overall $14,500 contributions towards several other worthwhile areas of need as previously reported.  
 
Pictured in front from Interfaith is Sanos Peneflor, Security and Bahad "B" Hernandez, Development and Special Events Associate.  In the back is Alan Turner, Grant Coordinator and Membership Chairman of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club.
 
 
RB Rotary Club Supports Covid-19 Needs at Interfaith 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Rancho Bernardo Rotary Supports Child Care Needs

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in extreme challenges to the local families who require childcare.  Specifically, the closing of schools has left families scrambling for childcare as parents return to the workforce.
 
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego: 4S Ranch support these local families through programs providing the opportunity to use computers, complete arts and crafts, engage in educational activities, and remain active while social distancing.  Due to the additional restrictions imposed by CDC guidelines, the resulting impact increased the costs for these programs four-fold.  Recently, the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club (RB) met Danny Sherlock, President and CEO and Roy Cornett, RB Rotarian and Director of the 4S Ranch Boys and Girls Club to present a $4,000 grant to support these summer programs.  This grant coupled with an earlier grant approval of  $1,500 will provide individual scholarships for over 80 children in the 4S Ranch area.
 
Photos:  RB Rotarians, Doug Dawson, Don Glover, Roy Cornett, Dave King and Mike Fugua. Boys and Girls Representatives, Roy Cornett, Dave King and Danny Sherlock 
 
Rancho Bernardo Rotary Supports Child Care Needs 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

2020 VIRTUAL CONVENTION UNDERWAY

Posted by Marta Knight
UPDATE!
 
Rotary's First Virtual Convention is underway! Both General Sessions have concluded but are available to stream online.  Simply go to go to the home page of riconvention.org.  Click on the button under the General Sessions block, which will say JOIN. 
 
Breakout Sessions are underway.  If you cannot participate live, sessions will be available in 48-72 hours from time of session.  
 
2020 VIRTUAL CONVENTION UNDERWAY Marta Knight 2020-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Anti-Human Trafficking Is Focus for 2020-2021 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Dental Clinic Expands with the Help of Rotary

The Mulegé Rotary Clinic was founded 40 years ago to help the poor and disenfranchised people of the town of Mulegé in Baja California Sur, Mexico.  It offers low and no-cost dental and eye care to people who otherwise cannot afford it.  The Clinic has recently undergone a $35,000 renovation with a new roof, wiring, plumbing, lighting, flooring, air conditioning; the works! 
 
Thanks to Jim and Carmen Hughes, Dugan and Philippe Lamoise, San Diego Rotary Club 33 and the Del Mar Rotary Club for a major contribution of $10,000 to this project.  These huge improvements allowed the clinic to expand its dental practice by two additional operatories and the ability to bring in more volunteer dentists and doctors to the clinic to offer health services to the people of Mulegé and the surrounding area.  
 
Dental Clinic Expands with the Help of Rotary 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Virus Inspires Song

Posted by Kitt Williams
COVID-19 has inspired a variety of emotions and reactions in people worldwide, but did you know that in Coronado it inspired a resident to write a song?  Doug Weisbarth, an 82 year-old retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer and Coronado Rotarian, has written "The World Stopped Turning" in May to relate his view of how the virus has impacted our world.  His 100 year-old Aunt Betty gave him the idea.  Some of the lyrics include:
 
This old world, it stopped turning, when the COVID virus hit; All the people, worldwide, were all sent home to sit; Shops and factories all closed down, no workers to be had; Income stopped and bills came due, the situation - bad.
 
Weisbarth came to Coronado with the Navy in 1957.  He had planned to be a Marine, but his father asked him two questions to help him choose the service to join:  "Why walk when you can ride?" and "Would you rather operate the weapon system or be the weapon system?"  Weisbarth's Navy career spanned 22 years and like so many, he returned to Coronado when he retired.  He then embarked on a 30-year, second career in the home maintenance repair business - Doug Weisbarth Service.
 
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Polio Match Deadline Fast Approaching 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Rotary Convention Just Around the Corner

 
Join us during the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention on June 20-26 for activities beyond the general sessions that will get you moving, help you get involved, and connect you with members from around the world.
 
You can:
  • Stay active with the Rotary Walking Challenge.  Track your progress on a leaderboard, enjoy some friendly competition, and have the chance to win great prizes - including two tickets for next year's convention.  
  • Explore the Virtual House of Friendship to discover Rotary Fellowships, Rotary Action Groups, potential partners, projects, and other valuable resources.
  • Join our Featured Breakouts to learn new skills and engage with fellow members.  These take place daily from June 22-26, with more breakout sessions throughout July.
  • Share how you're participating by posting a selfie or other photos on our event page on Facebook.
  • Use our Aloha Rotary GIFs and augmented reality filters to engage with your friends and family on social media.  Add a GIF to your Facebook or Instagram stories.  Snap a selfie or record a video while virtually wearing sunglasses or face paint.  Learn how.
Signup for our free convention today and encourage friends in your network, club and community to join you.  Don't miss out!
 
Virtual Rotary Convention Just Around the Corner 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

Join the Walking Challenge

Join the Walking Challenge at the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention!  Participate in some friendly competition with Rotarians, Rotaractors and members of the family of Rotary as you work your way up the leaderboard for a chance to win prizes.  Sign up here.  #Rotary20
 
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Are You Ready for the Rotary Virtual Convention?

Rotary Virtual Convention
June 20 - 26, 2020
 
I'm getting ready for the Rotary Virtual Convention by showing my Rotary pride!  How are you getting ready?  Do you have a favorite Rotary or Rotaract shirt, a great pin, or your country flag?  Remember to sign up; the event is free!  You can select which general sessions you will participate it in as well as breakout sessions.  Remember for those of us in Southern California, there is a two hour difference.  General sessions begin at 6:00 a.m.!  Don't let that deter you though.  It's very likely you'd be up at that time if you were in Hawaii!  To register, please go to this website.  
 
Are You Ready for the Rotary Virtual Convention? 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Grant Zoom Meeting a Success!

On Friday, June 5, 79 Rotarians from all over District 5340 participated in the Virtual COVID Grant Celebration, showcasing the many good projects that were conducted by clubs utilizing a one-time matching grant opportunity provided by the District in response to community needs relative to the COVID-19 outbreak.  PDG Janice Kurth reported that the majority of the grant requests centered around four common themes - food and basic needs, personal protective equipment (PPE), education and small business assistance.  The top two themes - food and basic needs and PPE raised $44,941 and $11,050 respectively.  The total amount of funding for all grant projects was $58,891.
 
In addition, PDG Kurth relayed that there were several projects undertaken that were independent of the COVID grant program and combining their efforts with the grant projects, it is estimated that $100,000 was used to support COVID relief.
 
Representatives from participating clubs were provided an opportunity to talk about their projects; all were very impressive.
 
Clubs are reminded that reports and receipts need to be upload in order for projects to be closed.  
 
 
 
 
COVID-19 Grant Zoom Meeting a Success! 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

RB Sunrise Donates Fruit to Poway Food Connection

The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club's 5th fruit gathering adventure was held on May 21 at a grove in Valle Verde.  The Rotarians have been gathering fruit from local orchards whose owners have offered to donate for the good of the community.  "In this time of tremendous need, where people have lost their jobs, it's something we can do to put food on their tables," said Jim Stewart, project lead.  This latest collection provided a couple hundred pounds of ripe oranges and grapefruit that the Rotarians delivered to Poway's Community Food Connection.
 
This was one of several projects that the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotarians have been busy with since the beginning of the pandemic.  They have also distributed face masks to hospitals and retirement homes.  Another group put together gift baskets for health care workers at retirement homes to thank them for their extra efforts during difficult times.  This club also provides ongoing home help services to senior shut-ins.  
 
Photo:  The masked crew are harvest participants including Bret Geernaert, Jan van Glabbeck, Kim Muslusky, Mark Berdan, Nazrin and Ralph  Barbee, Lloyd Trilling, Steve Sayler and Jim Stewart.
 
RB Sunrise Donates Fruit to Poway Food Connection 2020-06-08 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Jerry Winter Supports Coronado's Local Businesses

Posted by Kitt Williams
Photo: Jerry Winter, 28-year Coronado Rotarian.
 
On the occasion of his 90th birthday, Jerry Winters recognized a need among our local Coronado businesses and contributed $5,000 to the Club's Rotary Foundation to help them with losses suffered during the pandemic lockdown.
 
If we are fortunate, we have a friend or family member to whom we turn when times are toughest.  They lift our spirts and support us in many ways - large and small.  Jerry, a 28-year member of the Coronado Rotary Club, is one of those individuals to whom we turn.  He is a past Rotarian of the Year (2010) and recipient of the Peacemaker Award (2018).  The Peacemaker Award recognizes individuals who are making a difference in promoting understanding, tolerance, and conflict resolution, and helping build good will and peace.
 
Jerry Winter offered the following encouragement to Coronado business: "All I can say is hang in there.  This is especially tough on those types of businesses that have to come in close contact with their customers.  Coronadans are thoughtful people and will support them as soon as the government loosens some restrictions."
 
The Coronado Rotary Club's Board of Directors identified 20 local restaurants and businesses that have donated in the past to Rotary charitable events such Low Tide Ride & Stride, End Polio Now Wine Tasting, and the Jim Laslavic Charity Golf Tournament.  Sue Ryan, Coronado Rotary Community Services Director, contacted each business and restaurant, purchased gift cards with Jerry's contribution and conveyed Rotary's thanks to the owners for their past support.  The gift cards will serve as a silent auction item for future Rotary fundraising events.  
 
Photo:  Mary Ann Berta, Jerry Winters and Sue Ryan at Mary Ann's business in Coronado la mer.
 
Mary Ann Berta, a 28-year Rotarian and owner of Tartine and la mer, has been a staunch supporter of many Rotarian events.  She was very appreciative of the gift card purchase and offered these words of advice to her fellow business owners: "We need to stay positive together!  We don't want to risk losing our small-town atmosphere."  Mary Ann also expressed thanks to the City of Coronado for providing the Lifeline Business Loan when businesses needed it most.
 
Rotary has always supported and demonstrated a commitment to local businesses in various ways.  Jerry Winter's gift validates that commitment in the most tangible way possible. 
 
Rotarian Jerry Winter Supports Coronado's Local Businesses Kitt Williams 2020-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Eco-Talk

The Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club organized a virtual Eco-Talk with students of the BCK Program, which is focused on providing environmental education to students.
 
The Club hosted 36 people, including students, teachers, school principals, parents, a City of Encinitas representative, and Eco-Rotarians.  Bill Dean, co-founder of the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club, started the SWPPP Internship Program in 2013 and then the BCK Program in 2016.
 
During this event, we heard from the next generation of environmental stewards on what they have accomplished at their schools and the passion they bring to making a difference in our world.  Supported by an amazing team of teachers and educators, they addressed storm water and waste challenges observed in their schools.
 
Drew, Bill's granddaughter, and Judah are both students from Ocean Knoll Elementary School.  Through the SWPPP Internship Program, they studied water usage, conservation, and pollution and became experts in recycling.  With other students at their school, they raised awareness through art and advocacy to the Encinitas City Council.  Additionally, they developed a project to address a storm water problem identified in the back parking lot of their school and worked with school district facilities staff to resolve it.  
 
Two 4th grade students from Flora Vista Elementary School (Maddie and Zoë) talked about the Trash Amendment Action Plan they participated in, the actions they took and the outcomes it produced.  It resulted in a full week of actions for the entire school and a campaign to educate students and parents.
 
Students enjoyed presenting to the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club.  They are now ready to give presentations to other groups and schools.  The next generation is comprised of passionate kids ready to advocate and implement solutions to protect our environment!
 
The BCL Program is focused on providing environmental education to students.  All they programs are designed to have students participate in activities and provide meaningful solutions along with data valuable to schools, cities, and hopefully the state.  But, even more important, these programs help change people's behavior to make responsible decisions and motivate them to take actions toward improving our environment.
 
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June is Rotary Fellowship Month

 
June is Rotary Fellowship Month.  What better time to find like minded people and connect?
 
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion.  Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.
 
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Funding Formula for Global Grants Changing

2016-2017 Global Grant Scholarships | District 7930
Rotary Foundation Changes the Funding Formula for Global Grants
 
On May 29, our District leadership received a letter from Rotary Foundation announcing a change in policy on funding Global Grants.  Previously, the Rotary Foundation matched District Designated Funds (DDF) with a 1:1 match and club and individual cash donation with a O.5:1 match.  The Trustees have eliminated the match with the club and individual cash donations - they will ONLY match District Designated Funds as of July 1, 2020.  Clubs that are submitting Global Grants will see their funding adjusted on MatchingGrants.org when submitting a Global Grant for the 2020/2021 Rotary Year.  Our Matching Grants webmaster, PDG Philippe Lamoise is working on the application to revise the formula to match the new Rotary Foundation policies.  
 
Clubs are reminded they must complete the online training for grants (both Global and District) if they plan to qualify for submitting a grant in the 2020-21 Rotary Year.  Grant training is no online on the District 5340 webpage.  Two members of each Club submitting a grant must complete the online training and the quiz that goes with it to qualify their Club to submit a grant.  
 
The Funding for District Grants remains the same.  The District will match up to $3500 of Club donation for a District Grant in 2020-2021.  District Grants are due on the Matching Grants website on August 1, 2020.  Two members of a Club applying for a District Grant must complete the online training and quiz for District Grants to make their Club eligible.  District Grants for the current 2019-2020 year must be completed and closed to be eligible to apply for a grant in 2020-2021.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the following:
 
Marge Cole, District Rotary Foundation Chair 
Janice Kurth, Global Grants Chair
Elana Levens-Craig,  District Grants Chair
 
Funding Formula for Global Grants Changing 2020-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Del Mar Virtual Sunset Soiree

The 16th Annual Rotary Club of Del Mar Sunset Soiree is going virtual.  Our online auction will be accepting bids beginning June 3 through June 7.  Join our live event on Sunday, June 7 from 5-6:00 p.m. to enjoy live entertainment and learn about our club's many projects, both at home and around the world.  The online and live auctions feature dozens of special items and we will raffle off a gift card tree sprouting  dozens of valuable gift cards.
 
Please visit the Sunset Soiree website to learn more, register to bid and purchase raffle tickets.  Please also consider donating to support our projects and our partner beneficiary, the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito.  
Rotary Club of Del Mar Virtual Sunset Soiree 2020-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Inspires Guatemalan High Schooler

 
"I'm Maureen Duncan and I am a member of the Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global.  One of my high school vocational students in Guatemala created a poem regarding the pandemic in Guatemala (with some of my editing and input from other students and the local project manager of my District Grant in Guatemala).  It's quite uplifting and I thought informative for all our District members to learn about how others are affected by the pandemic  and how they cope.  The original was written in Spanish.  This has been translated into English. I hope you enjoy it."
 
 
I don't Need Anything.
 
I don't need anything...thoughts from a Guatemalan high school student, IDM, Santa Lucia
 
I don't need anything in this pandemic crisis.  I have a roof over my head, a bed, bread and water every day.
 
I am grateful for the opportunity of opening my eyes; of seeing the light of day; studying with my books, hoping for a better future.
 
I am calm.  I am not afraid,  Guatemalans, we are not "los damificados", the damaged people.  We are not victims.
 
We are a poor country but now it doesn't matter in this pandemic.  We are equal with the rest of the rich countries; it doesn't matter what work we do or what class we are from.  Even if you have the best clothing or shoe brands, this situation has marked equality worldwide. 
 
What matters to me?  To Guatemalans? Being united in family; school, friends, church, country, the planet.
 
We help each other now.  No need to fight now.  No need for wars.
 
Money doesn't matter anymore.  Money buys vanity and now no nobody has money.
 
The planet matters.  What are we doing with our planet?  Our volcanic mountains are thundering, bleeding their lava again.  They are crying out in anger about what we have done to the environment, what we have done to human rights.  Let us be still and listen to the earth.  I say it is time for us to rebuild our world with empathy, solidarity, connection.
 
What have I learned during this pandemic?  To have hope .... last week I almost lost hope.  I live alone here so I can go to school.  May family lives nine hours away by bus.  I did not care to see sunlight, telephone or a computer.  I was nauseous and dizzy with a fever.  But I still did my work; my obligations.  I found the strength within me.   I called upon my Mayan ancestors.
 
I  don't need anything because I have my inner strength.
 
Rotary Inspires Guatemalan High Schooler Maureen Duncan 2020-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Chartering Celebration

Posted by Marta Knight, DG
 
You're invited to join us for the Virtual Club Chartering Celebration of our newest club:
 San Diego Downtown Evening Club.
 
The event is Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.  For Zoom meeting information, please contact David Diaz at david@ipeace.org.
 
Virtual Chartering Celebration Marta Knight, DG 2020-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

Train for Change - A speaker opportunity!

 
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club (CVSRC) is aware that due to COVID-19, most Rotary clubs are starting to move to online meetings.  This switch can be challenging, but also come with exciting new opportunities to connect with people from all over the world.
 
If your club is looking for virtual speakers during this transition, CVSRC would like to recommend Maxie Gluckman who runs a wonderful project their club is sponsoring for the 2020-21 Rotary Year in Honduras.  "Train for Change" empowers Honduran teacher leaders through professional development to improve the quality of education for one million children in the most impoverished areas of the country.
 
Over the last year, a lot has happened in Honduras and the Honduran experience has been central to many recent news articles.  As Maxie has been working on the ground for seven years now and two years through an incredible Rotary Global Grant led by the Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global, she believes that there are many stories that have gone untold.  Maxie would love to share with your club these stories and the power of Rotarian generosity, including:
  • The lived experiences and resilience of teachers and children in Honduras.
  • Examples of Rotary-grown leaders that are pushing for change at many levels.
  • How these leaders are innovating in response to the current conditions of education due to COVID-19
  • The impact Rotary Global Grant #1747029 has had in transforming these conditions by improving the educational experiences for greater than 4,000 children (to date) in some of the most impoverished regions of Honduras.
Please consider having Maxie speak to your club about the "Train for Change" and if you are inspired like our club, use your DDF funds to support this important grant.  Please contact Maxie at maxie.gluckman@instructual.com.
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Rotary and Boys and Girls Club Partnership

Join us for an informative Zoom presentation on Thursday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m.
 
Our District 5340 clubs are doing a lot of work with the Boys and Girls Clubs in our local communities, especially during this difficult time.
 
District Governor, Marta Knight and Blake Johnson of Boys and Girls Clubs of America will discuss the importance and impact of this partnership.
 
 
 
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Old Mission Rotary Foundation Charitable Giving

The Old Mission Rotary Foundation (not to be confused with the Art Pratt Foundation) will disburse $44,923 to 28 different organizations this Rotary year.  This money has been used to fund projects in the areas of Community, International, and Youth Services and for all six Rotary areas of focus: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation and Maternal and Child Health.
 
Our Pennies for Polio jar presented to us by District Marta Knight last summer has raised $499 and the Old Mission Rotary Foundation is adding $501 to make our total Polio Plus contribution of $1000.
 
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A  Vast Grove of Oranges Picked by Rotarians of Several Clubs

Thanks to the generosity of Mark Bitterlan who manages a grove of oranges in Rancho Santa Fe, several Rotary clubs county-wide were able to harvest oranges for distribution to non-profits of their choice.  Sparked by a UT article featuring the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club and their efforts in picking local fruits, Mr. Bitterlan offered his grove of 100 trees for the picking.  Too large a venture for just one club, the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club connected with the Rancho Santa Fe Club for help.  As a result, a schedule was developed and Rotary clubs throughout District 5340 were invited to participate.
 
This past weekend, the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club picked nearly 3,300 pounds of oranges at the grove on Sunday, May 24.  They are donating part of their harvest to Producegood, a 501 c(3).  Members of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club joined them and oranges they pick are being donated to the Santee Food Bank.  
 
The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club and the Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club picked oranges on Saturday, May 23.  Their harvest was taken to local food pantries.  Point Loma Rotary Club also picked close to 2,000 oranges for donation to four different non-profits on the Peninsula.  
 
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Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay Helps Meycauayan City

The Rotary Club of San Diego South Bay set aside $250 and secured a $250 COVID-19 Matching Grant from District 5340 to provide rice and necessary supplies to indigents of Meycauayan City affected by the total lockdown due to enhanced community quarantine in place in the area.  
 
In partnership with their sister club, the Rotary Club of Meycauayan East of District 3770 in the Philippines, the goods were distributed last April 16 and 17 to some 120 families.  They were each given packages of 10 kgs. rice and foodstuff.  Deputy District Governor and Past President, James Javier and Club President, Ramon Santos are shown with club members during the distribution.
 
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Havana Nights on the Horizon

The Rotary Club of El Cajon is proud to announce our 30th annual fundraiser!  Originally, we had planned a Havana Nights extravaganza but this year due to the COVID pandemic, we are adapting and will be doing things differently be seeking pledges!  Our club is proud to celebrate its 94th year of providing support for our local and world communities.  While we are saddened that we are unable to gather during this time, we still have a deep desire to support and serve our East County community and beyond, especially during these unprecedented times and WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Our club is asking our members, local businesses and community partners to consider making a financial contribution, in lieu of sponsoring and or supporting our event so that we can continue to do the great work that we have done for 94 years in our community.   
 
The Club's Foundation has graciously agreed to match the pledges up to $20,000!  Suggested pledge levels are: $100, $250, $500, $1000 and $2500 or any amount your heart desires.  Remember, all pledges will be matched by our Foundation up to $20,000.  For your pledge to our fundraiser, you will be fully highlighted and acknowledged as a community contributor through our Rotary website, our social media outlets and local newspaper.  
 
To make a financial contribution online,  please make your pledge here
 
All donations are tax deductible if made to the El Cajon Rotary Foundation under IRC section 501 c(3) Federal Tax ID #95-6141259 and mailed to:  El Cajon Rotary, P.O. Box 643, El Cajon, CA  92022.
 
 
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Considerations Before Resuming In-Person Meetings

 
 
As COVID-19 infections begin to level and government shelter-in-place and similar orders expire, Rotary districts and clubs are confronted with the complexities of determining how and when to resume in-person gatherings.  
 
We must base our decisions on the health and safety of our members, while maintaining compliance with government and health regulations.  COVID-19 will be part of our Rotary planning until a proper prevention or vaccine is readily available.  
 
Johrita Solari, our Zone 26 Director asked for a committee to come up with the following document to help clubs make decisions about in-person meetings.  Our Rotary organization is a compilation of autonomous clubs with cultural, social, and community-based values that preclude a one-size-fits-all approach for club decisions about resuming in-person meetings. 
 
This document is developed to help our Rotary clubs and leadership with consideration and resources for the discussions and decisions they undertake at this difficult time.  The primary goal of this document is to help Rotarians consider the safety and health of our members.
 
You may download the PDF version here.  
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Bike Ride Along the Bay

 
You're invited to join the Pacific Beach Rotaract Club for a nice bike ride around the bay on Saturday, May 23.  The club will be practicing social distancing, ensuring everyone is riding six feet apart and wearing masks.  Bikers will check in and review the route at 9:00 am.  Check in is at De Anza Cove, 2727 De Anza Road, San Diego, CA  92109.  There is plenty of street parking.  Look for the Rotaractors' bright blue shirts and their Pacific Beach Rotaract club flag.  The ride will conclude a noon.  You may make your ride as short or long as you like.  Family and friends are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact club president, Sesy Enriquez at 619 518-2437 or email her at sesyenriquez@gmail.com
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Virtual Governor's Celebration

Virtual Governor's Celebration
 
This year's Governor's Dinner has transformed into a Governors' Celebration conducted virtually.  This event is scheduled for Monday, June 29 opening at 6:00 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.  A number of surprises are planned for all!   Registration is now open.  This virtual event will include District club award presentations, installation of club presidents and District Governor Steve Weitzen.  Please  join us for a festive celebration.  Registered participants will receive a Zoom meeting link by email.  
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Old Mission Rotary Continues to Award Grants to Community

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc with Old Mission Rotary's schedules but the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary continues to award grants to help their community!
 
Here is a look at who they are supporting:
  • Elderhelp of San Diego - $1,420 for the purchase of portable video recording equipment.
  • Mainly Mozart - $8,000 for office equipment.
  • Voices for Children - $7,235 for updated furniture for its reception area and interview office in Kearny Mesa.
  • San Diego Children's Choir - $6,660 for new storage cabinets and office furniture.
  • Alzheimer's San Diego - $3,288 for equipment for hearing impaired attendees.
  • Thousand Smiles Foundation - $30,000 towards the new surgical suite at the Ensenada clinic.
  • Foster Elementary PTA - $6,700 for shade trees.
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Join Rotary's Facebook Live Series

 
 
Join our next #RotaryResponds Facebook Live event on May 20 to make connections and take part in engaging conversation.  The series features Rotary leaders, members, and leaders from partner organizations sharing how they're taking action in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
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Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Turns 60 

The Santee Lakeside Rotary Club (SLRC) is celebrating its 60th birthday this month.  Chartered as a Rotary club on May 23, 1960, the club  introduced 23 charter members to the world of Rotary.  At the time of charter, SLRC represented the twin communities of Santee and Lakeside,  both were unincorporated rural areas.  Santee has since incorporated as a city.  Rotarian, Walter Chandler served as its first president, followed by Rotarian Ray Stoyer.  The club was sponsored by the El Cajon and La Mesa Rotary clubs. 
 
Charter members were:  Walter Chandler, Dr. John De Kock, Charles Bliss, Ross Mallette, John Bacon, Ray Stoyer, Charles Skidmore, Dwight Williams, Fred Breise, Barney Barrett, Rev. Charles Clark, John Gill, Bert Partain, Robert Schipper, Bruce Swinson, Gordon M. Bell, Wayne Chubb, Al Flaven, Chet Harritt, Duane Pillsbury, John Smiley, W.H. Stevens Jr., Edward L. Brewer, Dr. Everett Carmody, Frank Fox, Sam Millison, Gale Ruffin, Harold Secor, William Thomas and Thomas Smiley.
 
SLRC membership was drawn from a broad cross-section of professions, business, industry, education and government, which is still true today.  Currently SLRC has 32 members and growing.  Current members who have led the club as president include Bill Pommering, Allen Carlisle, Elana Levens-Craig, Augie Caires, Sandy Pugliese, Tom Miles, Doug Wilson, Vic Bermudes, Jim Peasley, and Paul Ague.
 
As People of Action, a long-standing community service program stands the test of time and is still going strong.  Initiated a few decades back by a growing concern over high school drop out rates, the SLRC established a scholarship program that aimed to assist students from three local high schools - West Hills, Santana and El Capitan - with staying in high school and graduating with their class.  Identified students were mentored and were given a set of criteria that, if met, would provide them the equivalent of a two-year community college tuition, including books and fees.  To date, over 200 students have been helped through this program.  
 
With the motto Service Above Self at the helm of all the club activities,  other local community projects undertaken by SLRC include participating with the annual USPS in the Stamp Out Hunger Food drive to make sure the food that is collected in Santee is donated to the Santee Food Bank.  SLRC also provided assistance through either hands-on projects, grants or a combination of both and include Santee Santas Foundation, Santee Food Bank, East County Transitional Living Center, Canine Companions for Independence and Rotary at Work projects. Other activities include holiday card card writing to distribute to isolated seniors in mobile home parks, collecting items for a Veteran's home, Soles 4 Souls shoe collection, planting trees, participating in Rotaractor WAPI project. and providing fingerprinting services for children at local health fairs.  
 
Internationally, SLRC has sponsored water projects in Kenya and Ecuador, as well as providing direct assistance to Rancho Marta, a school and orphanage in Mexico, where the club  has funded a kitchen, computer lab and a ranch solar project.  In earlier days of the club, SLRC was involved in assisting a school in Tijuana.  In addition, the SLRC joins its sister club, the Rotary Club de Ensenada in activities of mutual interest.  
 
SLRC typically meets at noon on Thursdays at San Diego Christian College but is currently meeting virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.  The club would love to have you join them for a meeting.  You can find the club online or on Facebook.  You can also email the club or call (619) 993-7805.
 
 
 
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Boys and Girls Club Receive Relief Grant

 
The Rotary Club of San Marcos used the COVID-19 Relief Grant to support the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos' Free Meals Program.  The program utilizes Feeding America  which provides free hot meals to youth in North County.  Their need increased dramatically from 150 to 400+ meals a day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The Club provided a $2,500 grant to assist the program.  This much needed funding provided 12,000 meals to kids suffering from food insecurity in North County.  Check out the video thank you they received from the Boys and Girls Club.  
 
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Grants Training Goes Online

 
Grants Training Goes Online
 
This year, we are offering our Grants training online for those clubs that wish to do Global and/or District Grants.  Clubs must complete the training(s) and the quizzes which go with them to be eligible to apply for grants in the 2020/2021 Rotary year.  Dates for these grants and other information are included in the trainings listed below.  
 
Global Grants Training Information
 
The Global Grants Training will be taught by District 5340's District Global Grants Chair and Past District Governor, Janice Kurth.  Clubs will need to follow the directions in the PowerPoint training,  If you have questions, Janice is available for more information.  Her email contact information is provided in the PowerPoint.  Clubs will also need to complete a Memorandum of Understanding and have their Annual Fund Giving Goals on the My Rotary website.
 
District Grants Training Information
 
District Grants training will be offered under the tutelage of District Grants Chair, Elana Levens-Craig with help from Major Gifts Chair, Mike Whitehurst.  There is a quiz when the training is finished, which will need to be completed to be qualified to complete a District Grant.  Clubs will need to have their Annual Giving Goals for the Rotary Foundation identified on the My Rotary website.  District Grants are due on August 1, 2020.
 
Link for Grants Training  To review the material for Global Grants, click on Global Grants Seminar and scroll to the bottom where you will find a video to watch.  For District Grants, Go District Grants and click on District Grants Training and scroll to the bottom to find the training video.  To be eligible to participate in grants, two members of your club must attend the training.
Grants Training Goes Online