Rotary Gets in to the Holiday Spirit

Fallbrook Village Rotarians participated in the Fallbrook Community Center’s Tree Lighting Festival by bringing art supplies so that children could draw to their hearts’ content. All the kids had a good time!
 
 
Point Loma Rotary Club made Santa and the Ryan Peninsula YMCA very happy this holiday season with a check for $2,000 to support the Y's scholarship fund.  As a leading nonprofit organization, the Y offers programs that foster youth development, promote healthy living and advance social responsibility. 
 
 
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club provided hundreds of amazing handwritten and handmade Holiday cards that will be a part of this year's Santee Mobilehome Owners Action Committee's "Elves Senior Care" packages.
 
 
The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club gathered Saturday to put together boxes for food items that the Santee Foundation's Santee Santas program will use to provide food and toys for families in need.  This is a traditional effort for the club.
 
 
The Coronado Rotary Club was full of cheer at Coronado's Annual Christmas Parade.  The club had their own Rotary float.
 
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A Community Cure

Editor's note: December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. This article taken from Rotary International's website showcases how Rotary took on Malaria in Zambia.
 
Backed by Rotary’s Programs of Scale award, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia confronts a worldwide malady at the local level.
By Diana Schoberg
Photography by Esther Ruth Mbabazi
 
 
Latham Chisanga had been in a car accident a few years back, and he’d dealt with the physical repercussions ever since. So, in February 2020, when a backache and fever came on, Chisanga skipped another visit to the clinic, swallowed a couple of painkillers, and got on with his life. Days later, he collapsed outside a neighbor’s house and fell into a coma. At the hospital, his malaria test came back positive. He died a few days later.
 
His mother, Martha Lungu, wondered how this could have happened to a member of her family. After all, she was the executive administrator of Malaria Partners Zambia, the local branch of an international campaign led by Rotary members to end malaria. Lungu, a member of the Rotary Club of Ndola, didn’t see how she could continue her work. “How did I fail?” she lamented. “How come I didn’t do this right? And how am I going to talk to people about the prevention of malaria?”
 
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December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

 
As you know, every month is dedicated to one of the major themes of our Rotary lives; this month the theme is that which RI is perhaps best known for, at least among non-Rotarians.
 
The eradication of polio has of course been Rotary International's s major worldwide, corporate effort since the early 1980’s.  And remarkable progress has been made.  The job is not finished however, and you can rest assured that we will not, cannot, set this torch down until that job is finished.
 
Disease prevention and treatment is one of the Rotary Foundation Areas of Focus.  And for good reason.  The health and vitality of a person, a family and a community can be seriously impaired by what in many cases is a preventable disease.  Disease prevention is really a keystone to progress in other areas as well because of the interplay with other areas of focus like Water and Sanitation and Maternal & Child Health.
 
Click "Read More" to learn what you can do to support this effort:
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Boat Rides with Santa

 
Boat rides with Santa!! Bring the kids, grandkids, friends and neighbors on Saturday, December 10th for a harbor boat ride with Santa.  Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Oceanside.
 
Mark your calendar and make your reservations here
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Rotary Creates Magic

 
The Rotary Club of Encinitas invites you to an evening of magic.  Join them on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00 PM at the Carlsbad Cultural Center (address above).  Tickets are $60 and all proceeds benefits local charities.  To order tickets click here.  
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Fellowship and Service - They Go Hand-In-Hand!

Bret & Karla Morey drove fellow Past Presidents Jacquie Reilly and Ron Kohl down to Ensenada early on Saturday, November 16. 
 
The International Service Committee of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle provided $1000 in financial support to purchase supplies for a center for disabled children in Ensenada.  This was a joint project lead by Ron with the Rotary Club of Ensenada Rivirera.  These clubs have done a few projects together, including Casa de Paz in 2014. 
 
It was great for members to see some friends in Baja, serve those in need and then spend a little time grabbing street tacos, coffee and churros and hitting Encanto in Rosarito for live music, sunset and drinks.  
 
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Community Cleanup Effort 

On November 19, the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo held another community cleanup event under the leadership of Jim Hyldahl.  This time the club set up in Seven Oaks Community Center and spent four hours collecting community discards from area residents.  They also had help from some great students from the Mt. Carmel High School Interact Club.  
 
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30 Trees and Plants Planted in Spring Valley

Last week an Outstanding service project was conducted by San Diego Coastal Rotary Club! More than 30 trees and shrubs were planted in Lamar County Park in Spring Valley to add beauty and environmental sustainability in this hidden gem of a park! Thanks to Rotarian Jenny Parker for herding the 15 volunteers!
 
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Rotary Uganda Safari, April, 2023

 
All Rotarians in District 5340 are invited to join members of San Diego Club 33 on a fabulous Rotary Safari trip to Uganda April 21-May 1, 2023.
 
The group will visit Rotary projects in Northern Uganda and enjoy two days on Safari in Murchison Falls National Park before returning to Entebbe.  Options include attending the Uganda Rotary District Conference in Mbarara and Gorilla trekking in Bwindi, Uganda.  Download details here.  Contact Roger Haines at rogerhaines43@gmail.com or call on his cell at:  858-736-5505 for more information.
 
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245 Pounds of Food Collected

 
The Imperial High School (IHS) Interact Club collected food items going door-to-door in the city of Imperial and collected over 245 pounds of food for the Imperial Valley Food Bank. The food collected was presented to CEO Sara Griffin from the IV Food Bank at the weekly Imperial Breakfast Rotary Meeting. Pictured from left to right, Club President Michael Harvey, CEO Sara Griffin, Interact Advisor Rebecca Caabay, Interact Social Media Manager Jaylen Benito, Interact Vice President Gabby Riesgo, Interact Treasurer Dulce Dueñas, and Interact President Michael Harvey Jr. Great job IHS Interact Club!
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Imperial Valley Rotary and Interact Support Food Bank

The Imperial High School Interact Club collected food items going door-to-door in the city of Imperial and collected over 245 pounds of food for the Imperial Valley Food Bank. The food collected was presented to CEO Sara Griffin from the Imperial Valley Food Bank at the weekly Imperial Breakfast Rotary meeting.
 
 
Additionally, the Imperial Breakfast Rotary Club donated $1,900.00 to the Imperial Valley Food Bank to support their cause of feeding the less fortunate in Imperial County.
 
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Join in on an Evening of Service on January 5

 
The Rotary Club of Chula Vista-Eastlake is planning an evening of service at the San Diego Food Bank on January 5, 2023 (5:30 to 8:00 PM).  The San Diego Food Bank is located at 9850 Distribution Avenue, San Diego, CA.  
 
The San Diego Food Bank currently feeds on average 550,000 people every month including seniors, active-duty military personnel and children living in poverty.
 
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes.  Of course, Rotarians should try to wear Rotary shirts to show unity.  Rotarians and non-Rotarians are invited to participate.  Click here for event page on Facebook.  
 
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Food for City of Hope

The La Mesa Rotary Club packed 150 bags of food for City Hope to distribute to families for Thanksgiving break. They will be at it again for the December break as well!! A total of 700 bags are needed so if you would like to, donate, reach out by emailing club president, Jen Flyn at jen.flynn66@gmail.com.  Each bag of food costs $15.
 
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Thanksgiving Fixings All Wrapped Up

It's hard to believe that not everyone has the means to enjoy a Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the Rotary Club of Scripps-Poway worked with Solutions for Change (whose mission it is to solve family homelessness, one family, one community at a time) by providing all the fixings for a dinner. They made gift boxes filled with potatoes, dressing, vegetables, gravy and gift cards for a turkey.  Thanksgiving is extra special when you can be thankful for the gift of sharing. 
 
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Veterans Honored with Parade

Thanks to the collaborative effort of the American Legion, the Brothers of 6, and community members who volunteered their time, downtown Escondido was filled with smiles as the community enjoyed a parade honoring our veterans on Friday, November 11. There were nearly 50 organizations marching down Grand Avenue, and many of members of the Escondido Rotary Club participated proudly displaying their club banner,
 
The parade was followed by a ceremony at the American Legion, which also included lunch and live music. Escondido's new club booth was prominently displayed next to the band and staffed with several of their members.

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International Youth Exchange Meeting

 
Do you know any High School students that would like to travel or live abroad? Some 7,000 students annually participate in the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program, truly an affordable opportunity! 
 
As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you will spend anywhere from a few weeks in the summer to a full academic year living with host families overseas.  You may learn a new language; you will experience life in another country, and a lot about yourself!  Click "read more" for additional information.
 
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Rotarians/Rotaractors MIxer Event

 
This is a reminder about the Rotaract/Rotarian mixer event on Tuesday evening, November 15 from 6-7:15 PM at San Diego State University (Scripps Cottage next to the koi and turtle pond located in the center of the SDSU campus), To register, click here.

Register in the link above for more details and/or to register. Once registered, attendees will receive parking instructions and more details from the SDSU Rotaract hosts. This is a free event and an opportunity to network and briefly mentor students on career and life pathway opportunities to continue a connection.
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Giving Tuesday 

November 29, 2022
 
"Giving Tuesday happens once a year, but your gift of Rotary will make a difference for a lifetime. This global day of generosity is an opportunity for all Rotary members to make a big impact with a gift of any size to our Annual Fund-SHARE. Please join us and together we can continue Doing Good in the World. “ 
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Rotary Ukraine Friends Deliver Ambulances

 
Rotary and Ukraine Friends have joined together to provide a convoy of 40 ambulances for Ukrainian officials to help deliver life-saving aid to those injured by the war. The $600,000 initiative, $300,000 of which came from a Rotary Foundation disaster response grant, was the first joint project between the two organizations after a July agreement to collaborate. Rotary members are also working with Ukraine Friends to rehabilitate two schools in the Bucha region damaged by shelling. Read more about this initiative and the ongoing partnership to help the people of Ukraine.
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Escondido East Rotary Holds Success First Golf Tournament

 
The Escondido East Rotary Club had their first Golf Tournament to help raise funds for community projects. It was very successful, and they are looking forward to next year to continue. The club wishes to thank Rotarians from other clubs for playing and sponsoring as well. The winning team got to wear and take home the Prestigeous Green Jacket. 
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Trivia Night is Back!

 
Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club’s Trivia Night is back following a Covid hiatus! Join us on April 28, 2023. It’s time to start forming your eight -person team and brushing up on little known facts! Registration materials will be available by the end of January but you can mark your calendars now! Proceeds will go to support the Community Benefit Fund of the Chula Vista Sunrise Rotary Club
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A Global Approach to Preventing Plastic from Reaching the Ocean

Excerpts taken from ARCNews
 
November is Foundation Month.  Contributions to the RI Foundation is crucial to being able to acquire matching grants funds, enabling clubs to make a lasting difference in the world.  This article is a great demonstration of the importance of global and district grants and how they can be used.
 
Like many coastal areas around the world today, the beaches in Chennai, India, attract large amounts of plastic debris. For teenage surfer and local resident Karan Chakravarthy, the presence of plastic at his favorite surf spots was distressing. So, he decided to do something about it.
 
Chakravarthy joined other volunteers to collect trash with a nonprofit called Namma Beach, Namma Chennai (which translates to “Our Beach, Our Chennai”). In 2021, the organization removed 176,000 pounds of plastic waste from Chennai’s beaches. But Chakravarthy felt that more could be done.
 
Karan Chakravarthy used ArcGIS Survey123 to record data about beaches in Chennai, India, that are consistently littered with plastic. (Photo courtesy of Karan Chakravarthy.)
 
He contacted his grandfather, Mandyam Venkatesh, who lives in San Diego, California, and obtained a $5,000 grant from Venkatesh’s Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotary club to further support Namma Beach, Namma Chennai. Through his grandfather’s Rotary connections, Chakravarthy also met Carl Nettleton, the founder of OpenOceans Global, a San Diego-based organization that employs geospatial technology and citizen science to help stop the flow of plastic to the world’s oceans.
 
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Benefiting the Environment with Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Members

On Saturday November 5th, members of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship met at Tower 13 in Mission Beach for a fun clean up event.  Wearing sports jerseys from the NFL, Padres and San Diego Soccers the crew picked up plenty of trash as well as removed at least four dead birds from the shoreline.  According to Founder of Surfers Unite and Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle Brett Morey “This is the fifth beach cleanup we have had at Mission Beach and the reality is we find trash in the sand, parking lot and grass areas every time.”  The crew included members of Pacific Beach Rotaract, San Diego Coastal, Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and friends in the community.  In fact, according to Morey, “One of our volunteers (Ron) is an individual we met at the Switchfoot BroAM and are plugging him into a local Rotary club. 
 
We also met others on the sand interested in helping with future clean up events.”  You won’t want to miss the next crazy and fun event or those being organized for 2023.  In fact, we would encourage you to check the events page of Surfers Unite for the Third Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Paddle Out on December 3rd at 15th Street Del Mar.  That’s right, grab an ugly Christmas sweater and pull it over your wetsuit then catch some waves and enjoy some donuts from VG’s.  Sounds like an awesome social!  Text “surf” to 858-602-2532 to get plugged in to upcoming events or visit: www.surfersunite.org.
 
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Holiday Donation Drive Gets Underway

 
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad is kicking off its holiday donation drive benefiting marines and their families at Camp Pendleton.  They are specifically looking for diapers, toys and car seats.  If you or your club can help out or if you have questions, please contact AskMalena@gmail.com.  
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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday - November 29
 
Support The Rotary Foundation this Giving Tuesday. On November 29, we hope to have as many Rotary members as possible take action and give to our Foundation so we can continue to make a difference in communities that need our help. Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity that empowers all of us to give through service, kindness, and financial support. We hope you and your club celebrate by Doing Good in the World and supporting our Foundation. The top engaged clubs will be featured on My Rotary.
 
 
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November is Rotary Foundation Month

 
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  
 
The Rotary Foundation....the engine that powers Rotary. Rotarians....the power behind the engine!

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
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PDGs Honor New Governor Nominee Designate

 
On Wednesday, November 2, Past District Governor Dan Gensler led 16 members of District 5340 Advisory Council, including Past and future District 5340 Governors, to the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club meeting to announce and honor District Governor Nominee Designate for 2025-26, Luis Carranza. His club was very proud of Luis and shared their pride and best wishes for his new position.
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Enter the 2023 Rotary Magazine Photo Awards

 
The Rotary magazine photo awards are looking for your submissions! 
 
Rotary is seeking photography and video submissions for the annual Photo Awards contest. Winners will have their work printed in the June 2023 issue of Rotary magazine. The contest is an opportunity to share your vision of the world with the Rotary community.
 
The photographer must be a member or honorary member of Rotary, or a participant or alumnus of an official RI or Rotary Foundation program. Photographers also can be the spouses or children of Rotary members.
 
If the photo is selected for Rotary magazine, proof of a likeness release may be requested. Photographs must have been taken since 1 January 2022.
 
Photographs must be submitted between 1 October 2022 at 0:00 Central Standard Time (“CST”) and 31 December 2022 at 23:59 CST.
 
Questions should be sent to magazine@rotary.org with the subject line "Photo Contest."
 
 
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San Marcos Rotary Club Sends Eight Students to Camp Lead

One of San Marcos Rotary Club's priorities is youth programs. They raise money to send students to leadership camps. The club sent eight 8th graders from San Marcos Unified School District to Camp LEAD, (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations, &.  Determination). The club hosted students, families, and school administrators at their weekly meeting so they could hear from the students about their experiences. 
 
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Trauma Informed Learning Community

 
Join the National City Rotary Club to learn more about the impact of trauma impacting children, youth, and families in our communities.  This event will occur on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Pier 12 Marina.    RSVP today by capturing the UR code above or by registering below.  The fee is $40 per person; groups of three or more are $30 per person.   
 
Funds raised will support Rotary service projects.  
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Food 4 Kids Backpack

One of the Rotary Club of Chula Vista-Eastlake's District Grants (22-23) is the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.  Established in 2006, this provides weekend food packages to chronically hungry elementary school students from low-income households who are at risk of hunger over the weekend when free school meals are unavailable.
 
Recently, Rotary Club of Chula Vista-Eastlake made a generous donation of $1,000 to the San Diego Food Bank, Their donation will provide 2,000 meals for local families in need!
 
Thank you for all of the important work you do in our community.
 
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Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interact Come Together

On Friday October 21, 2022, San Marcos Rotarians, CSUSM Rotaractors, and Mission Hills High School Interactors teamed up to volunteer at the North County Food Bank.   It was inspiring to members to work side- by-side to prepare food for distribution.  
 
 
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Imperial Breakfast Rotary Club Makes Front Page of the Imperial Valley Press 

Congratulations Imperial Breakfast Rotary Club for making the front page of the Imperial Valley Press. 
 
Imperial Breakfast Rotary club member Mark Graham, Victor Jaime, Carlos Fletes (Darth Vader) and David Barajas (Stormtrooper), made the front page of the Imperial Valley Press during their membership drive at Imperial Market Days hosted on October 28th. The kids and adults loved taking their picture with our dressed-up members. They were definitely a hit at Market Days!"
 
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District Conference Demonstrates the Power of Rotary

Congratulations to District Conference Chair Dawn Van Siclen and District Governor Chuck Pretto for putting on a very powerful District Conference.  Attendees were able to hear from three ambassadorial scholars: from Japan, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan who shared their stories and their goals for peacebuilding and aiding conflict resolution.  
 
Representatives from Rady Children's Hospital and Vista Hill Foundation provided a glimpse into realm of mental health services to vulnerable adolescents and teens and provided an overview of how District 5340 is aiding in those efforts through District grants.  Mental Health for youth is District Governor Chuck Pretto's key initiative for this year. 
 
Breakout sessions gave Rotarians and Rotaractors the opportunity to do what they do best and that is a service project.  Opportunities included Words Alive reading kits and putting together hygiene kits for adults.  New Generations/Encinitas Rotary Club also had a breakout session.
 
The afternoon was filled with District Grant and Global Grant presentations that really demonstrated the good Rotary is doing in the world and in our own backyard.  District grant presentations include:
  • A project where 431 Welcome Home Kits were made for homeless individuals who were transitioning to permanent housing.  This matching grant project was a collaborative effort between San Diego Downtown Breakfast, San Diego Club 33 and Coronado.
  • Bikes for kids - 400 bikes were put together by the La Mesa Rotary Club and then distributed to 3rd grade students at a local elementary school as part of an essay contest.
  • City Heights Rotaract club made several little libraries and placed them in areas of need.  The libraries are now accessed constantly demonstrating its value to the community.
Following District Grants were presentations on three Global Grants:
  • Ecuador Water Project building sustainable water sources in rural Ecuador.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking - a project spearheaded by Past District Governor, Steve Weitzen which continues today as it expands its reach and scope and with oversight coordinated by the Anti-Human Trafficking Committee of District 5340.  
  • Afghan/Ukranian Refugee Project updates.  Both Projects are extremely impactful and continue to create change and improve conditions for residents of Jalalabad and for displaced Ukranian refugees settling here in San Diego. 
The conference wasn't all business, there was plenty of entertainment throughout the day with the highlight being aerialists performing prior to lunch and at the cocktail hour prior to the Foundation Gala. See for yourself some of the great entertainment.
 
 
The Foundation Gala celebrated the work of the District and RI's foundations and the many personal financial contributions of Rotarians in District 5340.  Rotary international Director, Vicky Puliz was in attendance and spoke about how much Rotary has done over the years and how Rotary has changed the course of history over time.  A planned giving presentation was delivered by Laura Mello from the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise club.  She answered many questions often raised by those who want to help make a difference long-term towards Rotary's charitable mission.  Several Rotarians were honored for being the newest contributors to the Foundation's donor programs and just in the span of ten minutes over $1 million dollars was pledged to the RI Foundation.  What a magical moment that was!
 
Last, but not least, winners of the costume contest were announced followed by dancing to the music of Matt Heineke and Crown Town Music.  
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Torrey Pines Honors the Greatest Generation

 
The Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club will honor the greatest generation in a Veterans Appreciation Day celebration on Wednesday, November 9. Twenty veterans of World War II and the Korean war will join us as we thank them for their sacrifices and patriotism. The club and the La Jolla Sheraton each will provide lunches for ten veterans and their companions. 
 
Holly Shaffner, Director of Public Relations and Marketing of Honor Flight San Diego, will present a program to help us assure these valued members of our greatest generation that we still value their service.  
 
For information, contact Gordon Shurtleff, 858-483-4990 or plssunrise@sbcglobal.net.   
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Preparing for a Community Garden

On Saturday, October 22, the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club members got together to dismantle an unsafe and unusable wood structure at the Joint Use Park, Harriet Tubman Village Charter School Garden area.  They trimmed plants off pathways and planted succulents along the garden perimeter. Today, a school learning-garden. Soon, a functioning community garden.
 
 
 
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Rotary Cruise to Change Lives

 
There is still space available to travel Southeast Europe with District Rotarians in April 2023. This is an opportunity to combine a fun-filled vacation that also benefits the Rotary Foundation. Please see first flyer (second one) for more information.
 
Please contact Ron Kohl at rkohl@expediacruises.com as soon possible if you are interested in this adventure.
 
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Rotary and Gates Foundation Extend Partnership

 
Rotary, Gates Foundation extend partnership to eradicate polio.  On the heels of Rotary’s announcement at the Global Citizen Festival pledging an additional $150 million towards polio eradication, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are renewing their longstanding partnership to end polio, announcing a joint commitment of up to $450 million. Read more about the commitment.
 
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Del Mar Rotary Club Holding Blood Drive 2022-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
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District 5340's Walk to End Polio

Rotarians and Rotaractors came together to walk five of the seven bridges located in Balboa Park to raise awareness and to celebrate Rotary's achievements in eradicating polio.  Participants shared in a wonderful breakfast of burritos and mimosas following the walk.
 
A big thank you goes out to PDG Marge Cole, Sesy Enriquez and Jessie Case for organizing this event.  
 
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Shelterbox Donation by Old Mission Rotary

 
ShelterBox is a Rotary Partner charity that delivers aid to families devastated by conflict or disaster, to give them durable shelter and the tools to rebuild communities. Tim McCully (R) of Point Loma Rotary is our Rotary District 5340 ShelterBox Ambassador. Here Tim accepts a check for $1000 from Old Mission Rotary President Don Krupp.  The cost for one ShelterBox is $1000. 
 
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Luis Carranza Nominated District 5340 Governor 2025-26

 
The District Nominating Committee unanimously selected Luis Carranza to be District 5340 Governor in 2025-26.  Luis is a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary club and was club President in 2017-18.  Luis is well known throughout the District as a pioneer and an active Rotarian with a BIG heart.  He has been the Chair of the highly successful Taste of Ranch Santa Fe for the last several years and been Assistant Governor to 12 clubs.  In addition, he has served the District as Foundation Seminar Chair and District Conference Committee member responsible for sponsorships.  Please join us in congratulating District Governor Nominee Designate Luis Carranza!
 
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Veterans Day Military Review, Carlsbad

 
On Friday, November 11th, 2022, the Rotary Club of Carlsbad will co-sponsor a military review with the Army and Navy Academy to honor our veterans and their families. The public event is conducted each Veterans Day, November 11, beginning at 11AM on the football field at the Academy.  
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A Haunted Harbor Boos Cruise aboard the tall ship Bill of Rights!

 
HAUNTED HARBOR BOOS CRUISE! 2022
October 22, 2022 5 PM - 9 PM
604 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
 
The Rotary Club of Chula Vista Eastlake is scaring up some fun for a great cause on Saturday, October 22nd. Join us for scary appetizers, finger foods & adult beverages aboard the schooner Bill of Rights. You'll have a frightfully good time enjoying the breezy outdoors on the San Diego Bay during sunset. Costumes are highly encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place!
 
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Give the Gift of Life

On November 1, the Rotary Club of Poway Scripps offers you the opportunity to Give the Gift of Life.  To register for this event, you can use the URL above or go to mysdbb.org to schedule an appointment.
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Surfers Unite Members Catch 100 Waves in Single Day for Charity

The 13th Annual 100 Wave Challenge for Boys to Men Mentoring is in full swing.  If you aren't aware, numerous Rotarians and Rotaractors from D5340 are involved to support these efforts and there is still time to do your part. Boys to Men Mentoring Foundation based in San Diego is hoping to expand their in-school programs from 33 local Middle and High Schools to 40 by next Fall.  Consider partnering your club with them to reach this goal. 
 
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Feeding Families at Dewey Elementry

A few members of the San Diego Rotary Club 33's MAC Committee spent an afternoon volunteering to pass out boxes of dried goods and bags of fresh produce to the families in need at Dewey Elementary. Many of the children who attend Dewey are from Military families.
 
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Clothing Drive for Military Women

 
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad is holding a clothing drive for women as part of Operation Dress Code - San Diego Pop-Up Boutique.  This clothing drive is currently underway and will conclude on October 24 to give the club time to get all the donations to the location of the pop-up boutique on November 5.  There are two locations you can drop of clothing:
  1. Farmers Insurance - 2385 Camino Vida Roble, Ste 114, Carlsbad, CA 92011
  2. Brightway-The Crumbaker Agency - 5814 Van Allen Way, Suite 160, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Fishing Event for Vets

This past week, the Point Loma Rotary Club sponsored their Annual Fishing Trip for Veterans Village.  Let's just say everyone had a blast!
 

 
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BEERnardo Festival Just Around the Corner 2022-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

Hopeful News from The Rotary Foundation

 
District 5340 has just received our 2nd Ukraine Disaster Response grant in the amount of $25,000.  The first $25,000 grant was quickly used for food, transportation, communication, housing and trauma support for the 80+ families here in our own district.  
 
This second grant will be used to leverage housing for 24+ families.   Many of the women and children have been hosted for 2-4 months and now need to find new housing. 
 
If you would like to host a family, know of housing opportunities or just want to support this effort, please contact James Morrison at fiddle505@icloud.com.  District funds are available to assist.
 
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Doing Good in the Community

 
This weekend, the La Mesa Rotary walked to end Alzheimer’s at Liberty Station. 
 
 
 
This past week, the Rotary Club of Route 78 presented a check for $1,500 for scholarships to MANA de North County San Diego.
 
 
 
District 5340 leadership ((DGE Don Fipps and DG Chuck Pretto) enjoying all the Rotary Oktoberfest activities around the district.  
 
 
Incredible and inspiring day with nearly 140 Rotary members from all over the Western US discussing how to launch and improve anti-human trafficking Initiatives in their areas. This summit exceeded expectations! Thanks to Vicki Puliz for championing the day-long Rotary 26/27 Zone Summit, Bob Deering for leading the initiative, and committee members who worked tirelessly to put this on.
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Hurricane Ian Relief 

 
If you could change the world, what would you do? Rotary gives you the fellowship, service, network, and the opportunities to make a change.  With that said, the Rotary District 6960, which includes all of Southwest Florida, sustained significant damage in the wake of Hurricane Ian and needs our help.  
 
This is an opportunity for you and/or your club to help make a difference for individuals and families living in the wake of this disastrous hurricane.  Rotary has established a page where you can make a contribution towards the recovery efforts needed to make these communities whole again.  We are "People of Action", please consider donating to this very worthy effort.  
 
To contribute to the Rotary Ian Relief Fund or to volunteer or provide resources, please click here.  
 
 
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Join In on the Walk for Polio Plus

 
Join in on the amazing opportunity to walk together as Rotarians and Rotaractors to End Polio!  We will meet at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park on October 22 at 8:00 AM. We will do the five bridges walk.  Tickets are $20 for Rotarians and $10 for Rotaractors and includes a breakfast burrito brunch after the walk.   The deadline to sign up is October 18.
 
To register click here or you can use the UR code above.  For more information, please contact Marge Cole at marge.cole@yahoo.com.
 
Join In on the Walk for Polio Plus 2022-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

Lions versus Rotary Food Drive Challenge Extended to November 30!

 
ROTARY DISTRICT 5340 has been CHALLENGED by the LIONS CLUBS OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL to collect food items for local food banks in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The Challenge between our two Districts will continue through November. DG Chuck Pretto would like clubs to gather donated food item, weigh it and let the District know the total weight amount and then proceed to drop it off at either the San Diego, North County or Imperial Food Banks. At the end of the month, we will compare the amount of food we donate versus what the Lion's come up with for a friendly competition. We have twice as many Rotarians in San Diego as do the Lions, but we know they are motivated to beat us, Let's come together and donate food to one of these local food banks.
 
Lions versus Rotary Food Drive Challenge Extended to November 30! 2022-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

9th Annual Ride the Point

 
November 12, 2022
Liberty Station
2562 Lanning Road San Diego, CA  92106
Organized by Point Loma Rotary Club
 
EXCLUSIVE ROUTES open only once a year! See San Diego like you’ve never seen it before and have the bragging rights that go with it!   
 
Ride the Point is limited to 600 riders, registration will close once this number is reached.
 
Family Ride: A 6-mile flat course on bike paths that is perfect for beginning riders, cruisers, challenged athletes, and families. Children are $10, and children in trailers, attached cycles, or child seats are free with adult registration. Registration and check-in will begin at 7:00 am, and the family ride will start at 8:00 am.  Click "read more" for other ride options.
 
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October – Economic and Community Development Month

 
Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.

Rotary members and Rotary's Foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

Rotary provides training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions. ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN.

Rotary creates opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive financially and socially. ROTARY IMPACTS LOCAL ECONOMIES.

Rotary members train people to become resources for their community, offering networking activities, advice on new business development and financial management training.
 
 
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Look to the Rotary Magazine for Key International Efforts

 
The recent detection of poliovirus in New York and the UK is a wake-up call for countries where the vaccine-preventable disease has not spread for years. It is a stark reminder that as long as polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere. In this issue of Rotary magazine, read how a reengineered vaccine is lifting hopes that global eradication is closer than ever. Then, be part of history and help us build awareness on World Polio Day on 24 October.

Click here to read the October 2022 issue. The link will take you to your digital copy, which you can read using any common web browser.

Rotary, of course, remains as committed as ever to responding to the Ukraine crisis. In another of this month's features, you'll get an intimate look at the story of a family of Ukrainian refugees and the Rotarian in Poland who gave them more than just shelter — told in their voices and through powerful photography.
In the Our World section, you'll find six tips on how to provide comfort and care for members — so they can, in turn, better serve their communities. And finally, in the Our Clubs section, we'll introduce you to one club in Australia that is going back to Rotary's foundations to engage young corporate professionals eager for opportunities to give back. 

One of the ways you can share story tips with us is through letters and emails, so drop us a note at magazine@rotary.org and tell us your inspiring Rotary stories.

As always, when you see an article that you would like to share with a friend or colleague, use the Share feature to send them access.
 
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Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to Zero8Hundred

 
Old Mission Rotary Executive Club Secretary, Stan Vogelsang, presented a $10,000 grant from the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary to Zero8Hundred on Tuesday, September 27th during a club social at the San Diego Mission Bay Resort. The funds will be used to upgrade tablets, laptops and other IT equipment.
 
Gerry Mclean (left in photo) is the Lead Peer Navigator for Zero8hundred. The non-profit is actively working to support service members, recent veterans & spouses overcome any challenges during and after their transition to civilian life.
Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Grant to Zero8Hundred 2022-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Poway - Scripps Rotary Club Selling US Flags

 
Patriotism is a year-round celebration, and the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps is selling American flags. The flags are made in the U.S.A. and priced at $35. You may purchase a flag(s) by contacting Dan at (858) 240-6853. You can pay with Venmo, credit card, cash or write a check to “Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps”. Once ordered, your flag can be delivered to you by a Rotarian, or you may pick up at our distribution center. Proceeds are used to purchase flags and support community service projects.
 
Poway - Scripps Rotary Club Selling US Flags 2022-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Get On Board by Helping Disabled Children & Adults, the Top Women Surfers in the World and At-Risk Youth

By now you've probably read many articles about how Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship is bringing the surfing community together to assist non-profit organizations such as Life Rolls On, Boys to Men Mentoring and other groups.  Have you sent these articles to surfers in your club or friends you know in the surfing community?  It's just another way you can help grow your club membership.  On September 17th, Ranjan Lahiri headed up the Surfers Unite crew at La Jolla Shores along with over a dozen Rotarians including Vince Ponce of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi-Noon, Nicole De Wendt of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, Nikki Brown and Michael Slentz of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, Derren Lechuga of San Diego Coastal, Krista Davies of Pacific Beach Rotaract and others to assist disabled children and adults.  The final Life Rolls On event of the 2022 season took place in Santa Barbara this past Saturday.
 
Photo credit: Scott James @sjamesphoto
 
Photo credit: Scott James @sjamesphoto
 
Surfers Unite members also assisted with the Nissan Supergirl Pro in Oceanside as the top women surfers in the world competed.  The event was won by 17-year-old Sawyer Lindblad of San Clemente who edged out USA Olympian Caroline Marks by 0.40.  It was a terrific event in front of over 20,000 attendees.  Special thanks to Scott James of San Marcos and Big Kahuna Vince Ponce for their outstanding photography skills as well as our volunteers who assisted in the judges and athlete's area during the three-day event.
 
Photo credit: Vince Ponce Sawyer Lindblad takes the cape at the Nissan Supergirl Pro 
Next up, the 13th Annual 100 Wave Challenge for Boys to Men Mentoring for at-risk teens.  Volunteers are still needed to pick up food from Pannikin in Leucadia and Board & Brew to assist teams of surfers catching 100 waves each in a single day.  That's right Rotarians like Rodger Dougherty of Club 33 has done the 100 Wave Challenge each year and other Rotarians across the county including Derren Lechuga, Brett Morey, Vince Ponce and others have been involved for years.  This year the crew is going to break $500k once again to support Boys to Men Mentoring and their hope is that more Rotarians and more club members will get involved in the cause.  The need for mentoring teenage boys not growing up with a positive male role model has only escalated since the pandemic.  By the end of this year Boys to Men will be in over 30 local Middle Schools and High Schools in our county and the goal is to be in over 40 schools by the Fall of 2023.  To volunteer as a food runner, man the Surfers Unite booth October 8th at Cardiff Reef, get more involved or even catch 100 waves yourself reach out to Brett Morey at 858-602-2532 or visit www.surfersunite.org/events for other amazing service opportunities including a November beach cleanup.
 
Get On Board by Helping Disabled Children & Adults, the Top Women Surfers in the World and At-Risk Youth 2022-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

It Ain't Their First Rodeo!

 
What does The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps do when it doesn't have any projects? They help others! Over the weekend, some of their members worked the Poway Rodeo and helped with volunteer check in. Yee Haw!
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Fundraiser at Eagle Crest Golf Club

 
October 28, 2022
8:00 AM Check-in
8:30 AM Tee Off
 
The Escondido East Rotary Club would like to invite you to help support their first golf tournament fundraiser to help raise needed funds to support their community projects (projects listed below). Come play golf or sponsor a hole to have a sign at a tee box to advertise your business. 

For more information on pricing to play or to be a sponsor, contact by email either Kevin Bowcock at or Don Darrock
 
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6th Annual Pub Crawl for Polio

 
Pacific Beach Rotaract
6th Annual Pub Crawl for Polio
Saturday October 15th, 1pm - 6pm

Come join the fun of socializing and checking out some of PB's most famous bars and pubs. These local bars will be slinging awesome drink and food specials and offering a chance to win some awesome local swag and gift cards for the annual costume contest. 

The theme is Vacation Vibes, and the best in creativity will sweep the competition. So, bring your travel pillow, because this crawl is going to be a trip!   All proceeds fund the fight against polio.

Click here to buy tickets.
 
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Rotarians at Play

The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo knows how to balance work with fun.  Fellowship is the glue that binds Rotarians as family.  RB Rotarians nurtured their relationships at their annual picnic this past week at Lake Poway Park.  Loads of fun, lots of games, some fantastic food and great fellowship brightened the day of all those who attended.  RB Rotary is a place to come together to serve others, make a difference and have a lot of fun!
 
 
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Military Celebrated at Coronado Rotary Meeting

In Coronado, Rotary was all about military this past week. President LuAnn Miller welcomed North Island Base Coronado’s CO. “Woody” Clemens and XO Newt McKissick and thanked them for their “Service Above Self” for keeping us all safe and serving our country.   And of course, they presented some grants funded by their recent Low Tide Ride & Stride fundraiser.  Chair Amy Kesteloot Steward presented Wounded Warrior Homes a check for $23,152 and San Diego Armed Services YMCA, received $7,717.  Their speaker was Rotarian Tim Quest, MD, who spoke about the amazing humanitarian cruise of the USNS MERCY that they just completed in the Pacific Rim.  Rotarians are everywhere!!
 
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Ideas for Strengthening Rotary's Brand            

 
Take a good look at the Brand Center. It’s been rebuilt based on your feedback and is easier to use than ever. It features a more streamlined layout, a faster website platform, user-friendly navigation, and improved search. People can also now use the Brand Center without signing into My Rotary. 
 
The Rotary Brand Center helps all members tell their stories of service and impact in a unified way that is distinctly Rotary. Now it's easier than ever to learn about using our brand and create materials to increase recognition of Rotary in your community, nearby communities, and even worldwide.
 
A new webpage, Our Brand, can guide you in using Rotary's logos, colors, and fonts to create flyers, brochures, presentations, and other promotional materials with a consistent look and feel.
 
To get started, visit the Brand Center and go to the Our Brand tab. You can also go to the Help section to find answers to frequently asked questions about using the Rotary brand and our brand materials.
 
Ideas for Strengthening Rotary's Brand 2022-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

Carlsbad Oktoberfest - October 1, 2022

 
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Carlsbad present
CARLSBAD OKTOBERFEST
October 1, 2022
12:00 - 8:00 PM
 
Come join us at our 40th Annual Oktoberfest Fall Festival event with real German meals from TipTop Meats, kids and adult activities, live German music and, of course, a beer garden by Anheuser-Busch. 

The beer garden will feature a variety of Carlsbad Oktoberfest beer on tap and wine.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.  
 
This fundraiser benefiting both clubs’ contributions and investments in our community. This fundraiser supports much needed programming to invest in, celebrate and enhance the Carlsbad community.
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Reemergence of Polio Underscores the Need for Eradication

Posted by Arnold R. Grahlm - RI
 
The detection of poliovirus, and even cases of polio, in places where it hasn’t been found for years has demonstrated once again that eradicating a human disease isn’t easy, especially in the final stages.
 
In recent months, an unvaccinated man in the United States was paralyzed. In the UK, poliovirus was detected in sewage. In Malawi, a child contracted polio. And Mozambique announced its first polio outbreak in 30 years.
 
But rather than be discouraged, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) remain confident that they are making progress and can achieve their goal of a polio-free world. There are several reasons for this optimism.
 
Reemergence of Polio Underscores the Need for Eradication Arnold R. Grahlm - RI 2022-09-23 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps Hosts 57th Parade in Poway

Powegians Don’t Let It Rain on Their Parade!
 
Did you know that the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps selects its parade date nearly one year in advance? The chosen date is usually guaranteed to be the hottest day of the year so you can imagine the Plan B arrangements that were put in place just in case it rained Sept. 10, which was parade date.

Fortunately, the rain held, the folks turned out, the bands marched, and the floats floated under their own power. By lunchtime, the 57th Poway Rotary Parade was history.
 
Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps Hosts 57th Parade in Poway 2022-09-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Participate in I Love a Clean San Diego

Members of Santee-Lakeside Rotary and other awesome volunteers/friends came out Saturday, September 17 to Lindo Lake for the 38th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, Presented by I Love a Clean San Diego, the County of San Diego's largest single-day environmental cleanup day. Rotarians picked up trash and cut “suckers” off trees. A really great way to spend a Saturday morning. 
 
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Vines and Vittles a Smashing Success 2022-09-17 07:00:00Z 0

The Learning Center is Mobile

 
Sign into My Rotary to use the Learning Center on your mobile device. Learn more with our guide to the Learning Center mobile app. Note that if you forward this email, anyone who hasn’t used the Learning Center before will need to go to rotary.org/learn, sign into My Rotary, and accept the privacy policy before they can access a specific course or learning plan. Direct links to the Learning Center may not work on mobile devices, but you can get to the Learning Center from My Rotary and then search for materials or courses.
 
Visit the Rotary Learning Center Facebook page for the latest course updates, then share them with other members.  Take the time to review the Learning Center Mobile App Guide.
 
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The Point Loma Rotary Club Hosts Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer

The Point Loma Rotary Club co-hosted the inaugural Point Loma Meet & Greet with District 3 County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer at the Light Box Theater in Liberty Station August 29, 2022. The event attracted approximately 80 residents of the Peninsula region to meet the Supervisor and her staff and discuss County District 3 issues. The event was co-hosted by the Liberty Station Arts District and The Point Loma Association, refreshments were provided by the Mockingbird Improv.
 
 
The newly re-aligned County District 3 includes all the coastal areas from Carlsbad to Coronado, which provides a great opportunity for County government to better serve the beach communities of San Diego. As an avid cyclist and surfer, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer spoke eloquently about issues of concern to the Peninsula community including livable communities, protecting the beaches and coastline for current and future generations, and transit issues unique to our community. The Supervisor also spoke about the County’s approach to homelessness which includes a new initiative to increase County Mental Health support and facilities. 
 
 
The Point Loma Rotary Club Hosts Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer 2022-09-17 07:00:00Z 0

2022 District Conference and Foundation Gala

Registration is closed! 

Please contact Patty Fortin at pfortin@rotary5340.org to get on the waitlist. 
 
 
 
Heroes Unite! 
Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 
October 29, 2022

Join fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and guests for a full day and night of celebration and fellowship at the 2022 District Conference and Foundation Gala.  Click here for video invitation,  
 
The District Conference will take place from 9:00 - 4:00 pm.  Check in starts at 8:00 am.   Conference is $150 per person and includes: Continental breakfast, plated lunch, interesting speakers, musical & Aerial dance performances, and a raffle.  
 

The Foundation Gala will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with dancing following.  Check in begins at 4:30 PM.  The cocktail hour and the Aerialist performances is from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  San Diego's best aerial show will only be seen at the Rotary Foundation Gala.  Time is running out.  Seating is limited.  Reservations close in 10 days!  Don't miss out on what everyone is talking about.  Performances from 5-6:00  PM.     Cost is $130.00 per person.  Get a discount for participating in both events - $250.
 
Click here to see a preview of the entertainment.
 
Gala includes informative speakers, formal dinner, Foundations Awards/Acknowledgements, Lancer Dancer performances, and Costume Contest prizes. Matt Heinecke & Crown Town Music will continue the dance party from 8-10 PM. 
 
Halloween Costumes are encouraged to be worn for the Gala.

To register for the conference and gala, click here.   

For information regarding event activities, speaker line up and hotel room reservations Click here
 
To sponsor a Rotaractor for the District Conference, click here: Donation | District 5340 (rotary5340.org)
 
Treat Yourself to a Staycation!

The District has partnered with the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar to book a set of rooms for the conference at a discounted rate. This is a first come first serve opportunity, and the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar are currently accepting reservations: 

 
 
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World Polio Day is October 24

 
As World Polio Day approaches, we’re getting ready to amplify our message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from this devastating disease.
 
We’ve made tremendous progress so far, and now’s the time to intensify our fight to make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated. In 2020, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus, showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances.
 
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Come Decorate Rotary's Rose Parade Float 2022-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Encinitas Rotary Club's Food Festival a Success

$94,000 raised!!! 17 non-profit organizations were the beneficiaries of this year’s Encinitas Wine & Food Festival. On Wednesday, August 31, Encinitas Rotary Club invited the beneficiaries to collect their donation and speak to the club about the great work they are doing in the community. 
 
Encinitas Rotary Club's Food Festival a Success 2022-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Attention Club Presidents - Elect

 
Presidents-Elect, District training is about to begin to prepare you for your year as President. If you are your Club’s 2023-24 President and you haven’t received information about Pre-PETS training, please contact Kay Barron at either kaybarronwegner@gmail.com or by phone 714-335-5394 so we can get you included.
 
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The Gift of Reading

 
The Guatemala Literacy Project is working to reverse the country’s low literacy rates and keep children in school. Joe and Jeff Berninger, two brothers from Ohio, USA, were volunteering at a school in Guatemala in 1997 when they launched a project to provide the school with books. Since then, The Rotary Foundation has helped fund the literacy project with 48 grants totaling $6.5 million. Read more about this project, just one of the ways that Rotary is supporting education.
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Santee-Lakeside Rotarians Join Reading Legacies

On August 22, for the first time in over two years, the non-profit Reading Legacies' Book Bridges program was delivered to five women in a San Diego women's jail. The impact of the workshop extends to their children and families, who will soon receive a book and a recording of their incarcerated loved one reading aloud to them.  There was an immediate positive effect on the group of women. When asked if they felt any different about reading to their child or young family member after completing the workshop, one woman answered, "I am touched mentally, physically, [and] especially spiritually uplifted.”   
 
Volunteers talk about the value of reading and its importance in building a bond with their young ones.  In this particular workshop women's self-esteem needed to be lifted and with encouragement and group cooperation each participant read aloud, holding the book while a volunteer videotaped the storytelling.  
 
Photo: Rotarians Elana Levens Craig and Sandy Pugliese outside the Las Colinas on their first day as volunteers for Reading Legacies' Book 
Bridges Program
 
Santee- Lakeside Rotarians Elana Levens-Craig, former special education teacher and school board member and Sandy Pugliese, retired community relations manager and 22-year veteran school board member, were the volunteers to lead the first Book Bridges workshop after two years of not being able to enter the jails. In their words, the experience was “incredibly impactful.” 
 
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Rotaract Representative Erika Rodrequez Featured

 
Erika Rodrequez, District 5340's Rotaract Representative, was recently featured in an online magazine - SDVoyager where she talks at length about everything Rotaract.  The story begins 15 years ago when she joined an Interact club and takes her through the many memories and experiences, she has had throughout the years under the District 5340 umbrella.  Click here to read story.  
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Our Urban Trees Matter – Find Out Why

 
Trees improve the livability of our cities for countless reasons. Your District Environmental Sustainability Committee would love for you to learn more about why urban trees matter by inviting experts to speak at your club. We are putting our best suggestions on the District 5340 speaker’s bureau for you.
 
Our Urban Trees Matter – Find Out Why 2022-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

LEAD Is Just Around the Corner

The LEAD Conference Is Almost Here …
Please Register your Club to Send Students Now!
 
The LEAD Conference is excited to restart the District’s youth camp! Sign your club up today to sponsor students from your local middle school.
 
LEAD is a 2-day weekend leadership camp for 8th grade students where Delegates discuss issues of ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, develop a positive outlook on service and life, and have fun with new friends. Delegates from middle schools around our District will attend.
 
Please go to the LEAD website, www.rotary5340lead.org, click on the Rotary Club link, click on the Rotary Club Registration Form link, and follow the instructions to complete the form. You may call Paul Pierce at 760-942-9911 or email him at pepjr@peplaw.com if you have questions.
 
Rotarians can serve as advisors at LEAD and share their love of service with a new generation! There is No Cost for you to participate! Please go to the LEAD website, www.rotary5340lead.org, click on the Advisors link, click on the Advisor Application Form link, and follow the instructions to complete the form. Questions … you may call Paul Pierce at 760-942-9911 or email him at pepjr@peplaw.com.
 
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District Environmental Sustainability Committee Hosts Meeting This Month 2022-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

Ramona Fundraiser Yields $3000

Ramona Rotary rocked their fundraiser held in August.  They brought in $3000 in proceeds to go towards scholarships. Rotarians from other clubs participated and showed their support for Romona's philanthropic efforts.
 
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September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

 
Around the world, some 773 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Most of them are women. Many of them are locked in poverty by a lack of education and opportunity. In the September edition of the Rotary magazine, they will take you on a photographic tour of a Rotary-supported literacy project in Guatemala that is changing lives by helping children to stay in school and inspiring them to dream big.  Click "Read More" for additional information and the link to this article.  
 
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Catching 100 Waves in a Single Day for Charity!

 
In 2018 Brett Morey, founder of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship and past president of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle joined a group of friends on the Degree 33 Surfboards team to catch 100 waves each in a single day.  The group raises funds and awareness for Boys to Men Mentoring.  Boys to Men is a 501(c)3 located in Spring Valley that provides mentorship and accountability to at-risk teenage boys growing up without a positive male role model.  The statistics and results support the vast need for this fabulous organization as kids who get into gangs, drugs and make bad choices not only get into the Juvenile System but repeat a cycle of bad choices as adults unless others step in to turn their lives around.  Boys to Men is "turning the tide" with weekly in-school meetings in over 33 local San Diego schools and has volunteers and staff helping teenage boys stay in school, improve their grades, graduate on time, pursue a career or university studies and most importantly learn self-worth.
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Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Takes Disabled Children & Adults Surfing 

On Saturday, August 27th a group of Rotarians and Rotaractors from throughout Southern California got together in Huntington Beach to take over 80 disabled children and adults surfing.  Perhaps you've heard of Life Rolls On Foundation which started 20 years ago by Jesse Billauer.  Jesse was rising through the ranks to become a professional surfer when he hit a sandbar and suffered a life altering neck injury which left him a quadriplegic.  That hasn't stopped Jesse from pursuing his dream or giving others along the way the freedom to enjoy the water.
Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Takes Disabled Children & Adults Surfing 2022-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

East County Rotary Clubs Attend Social

East County Rotarians from Santee-Lakeside Rotary, La Mesa Sunrise Rotary, La Mesa Rotary and the El Cajon Rotary clubs got together in fellowship at Hooley's Pub in La Mesa.  District Governor Chuck Pretto was there to thank Rotarians for all the things they do for the betterment of the community.  Everyone had a great time.  There is something special about these types of gatherings.  The energy is remarkable and the genuine interest in knowing each other better is palpable.  
 
 
East County Rotary Clubs Attend Social 2022-09-03 07:00:00Z 0

Help Support District 4100's Humanitarian Effort

 
Our sister District 4100 needs our help   District 4100 has been impacted by rains, and unfortunately the communities of Guayamas and Empalme were affected the most. District 4100 is asking for our assistance in securing needed household items and financial contributions so that we can buy the necessary materials to aid our Rotarians in the affected communities.  Contact information is noted in the flyer above.
 
Help Support District 4100's Humanitarian Effort 2022-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Start Preparing for World Polio Day

 
World Polio Day provides an opportunity to highlight global efforts toward a polio-free world and honor the tireless contributions of those on the frontlines in the fight to eradicate polio from every corner of the globe. 
Start Preparing for World Polio Day 2022-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Old Mission Rotary Helps Staff the STAR/PAL Back to School Event at Colina Del Sol Park

On Saturday, August 20th, Old Mission Rotary helped staff a STAR/PAL back-to-school event at Colina del Sol Park that included distribution of free back packs with school supplies.
 
STAR/PAL is a nonprofit organization operating out of a facility in Colina Del Sol Park in mid-city that is dedicated to bringing youth and law enforcement together. Their programs are led by officers of the San Diego Police Department and are free of charge to youth throughout San Diego. The program is a way to promote peace and understanding in the community between residents and police. Old Mission Rotary has participated in several of their events in the past year and was the STAR/PAL Community Partner of the Year for 2020.
 
Old Mission Rotary Helps Staff the STAR/PAL Back to School Event at Colina Del Sol Park 2022-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

District Designated Funds Aids Afghan Refugees

 
The San Diego Women’s Foundation Collaboration Committee (SDWF) has partnered with Rotary District 5340 and the Carroll C. Long Charitable Fund at The San Diego Foundation to support Afghan refugees in San Diego County through a collaborative funding cycle.   
 
District Designated Funds Aids Afghan Refugees 2022-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Veterans

Max Gurney, long-term member of the Torrey Pines Rotary club attended a luncheon on Sunday, August 13th celebrating veterans who have completed an Honor Flight trip. Honor Flight is a national organization that escorts veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit all of the war memorials. 
 
Max participated in the jam-packed trip and although a WWII veteran, Max was most impressed by the Korean War Memorial. Max participated in Operation Torch (North Africa), Operation Husky (Sicily). Monte Cassino, the liberation of Rome, the Gothic Line campaign and the liberation of Milan. Max enlisted shortly after Pearl Harbor and was being trained for the artillery when it was noticed that he was fluent in French and Italian, and he was transferred to Army Intelligence.
 
Celebrating Veterans 2022-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Statement on Recent Polio Detections in U.S., Europe

 
The recent detection of the vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 case in New York, USA, and isolates in several environmental samples collected in London are stark reminders that as long as polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere. It also highlights the importance of vaccination as the only form of protection against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases and the work that needs to be done in our communities to encourage the uptake of vaccines. Also, as the world gets closer to zero wild poliovirus cases, it is increasingly important to track all forms of the virus wherever they may appear, including in polio-free regions.
 
Rotary Statement on Recent Polio Detections in U.S., Europe 2022-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Be Part of One of the Hottest Parties in Del Mar! 

 
Tuesday September 13, 2022, 5:30 to 8:30 PM
Del Mar Plaza - Ocean View Deck
1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
 
Come enjoy the Del Mar sunset from the top of beautiful Del Mar Plaza.  Hosted by the Rotary Club of Del Mar, the Sunset Soirée features hosted wine, beer, and cocktail tastings, hors d'oeuvres generously provided by the best restaurants in the Del Mar area, live music and an all-around great social experience!
 
Take in the dazzling skyline view as you mix and mingle on Del Mar’s best view deck; sunset is at 6:58 p.m. so there will be plenty of time to view the auction items and bid on your favorites.
 
Be Part of One of the Hottest Parties in Del Mar! 2022-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Save the Date - Baja Style Lobster Fest

 
Join the Del Mar/Solana Beach Rotary Club for a fun evening of good food, friends, music and dancing on the patio of the beautiful Del Mar Hilton.  A Flamenco guitarist will greet you on arrival followed by a served Lobster dinner at your table.  After dinner, enjoy the lively music of Hot Rocks San Diego (dancing is encouraged).  
 
This year the event will support two major beneficiaries - Just in Time for Foster Youth and Casa De Amistad.  A percentage of the proceeds will also be spread over many other programs that benefit underserved youth, our military, our community and selected international, literacy and humanitarian projects.  Please register at www.dmsblobsterfest.com.  Call Vicky Mallett at (858) 245-7968 with any questions.  
Save the Date - Baja Style Lobster Fest 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Fundraiser at Eagle Crest Golf Club

 
The Escondido East Rotary Club would like to invite you to help support their first golf tournament fundraiser to help raise needed funds to support their community projects. Come play golf or sponsor a hole to have a sign at a tee box to advertise your business.   Join us on October 28 for an 8:30 tee off.  Check in time is 8:00 AM.   

For more information on pricing to play or to be a sponsor, contact either Kevin Bowcock at bowcockk@stifel.com or Don Darrock at ddarrock@bhhscal.com.   Click read more to see what community projects will benefit from this fundraiser.  
 
Fundraiser at Eagle Crest Golf Club 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Del Mar Rotary Supports Lifeguards

The Rotary Club of Del Mar love supporting the Del Mar lifeguards. They recently donated funds for the purchase of new rescue surf boards. Every second counts when someone is in distress in the water, and these light, maneuverable boards allow the lifeguards to reach people faster. Rescue boards were involved in nearly all of the 700 rescues the lifeguards have made so far this year, so they are a critical part of keeping Del Mar Village beachgoers safe.
 
Del Mar Rotary Supports Lifeguards 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Get ready to Imagine What’s Next with Rotary!

 
Rotary members like you are taking action and creating meaningful change in communities worldwide.  At past conventions, you’ve seen what we can accomplish when we come together and share our passion for Doing Good in the World. We’re excited to keep the momentum going in 2023. Join us in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia, May 27-31 to connect with other people of action. We’ll hear from great speakers, enjoy fantastic entertainment, take part in inspirational breakout sessions, and so much more.  Register today to receive the reduced rate. Don’t wait, because this rate expires on December 15.
 
Get ready to Imagine What’s Next with Rotary! 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Healthy Living Expo

 
San Diego Coastal Rotary Club will be partnering with Gente Bonita Magazine for the Healthy Living Expo 2022 scheduled for Saturday, August 17 at 27th Embarcadero Marina Park North from 9-2:00 PM. This is a one-day event where there will be interactive activities hosted by leaders in multiple disciplines. It's an event for whole family where you can learn more about the many different ways you can improve your health, including wellness, nutrition, beauty, fitness and sports.  When you are done, you will have the tools to live a healthy lifestyle.  Get your free tickets today!
 
 
Healthy Living Expo 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Vines & Vittles A Huge Success

Vines & Vittles 2022 is a wrap. On a warm Sunday in August almost 800 people attended Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club’s Vines & Vittles held at Webb Park. They had families, young marrieds, single folks, grandparents, and more. 48 booths filled with local restaurants, breweries and wineries providing tastings that were a huge hit. The event had local artisans and various non-profits promoting their mission. The main stage entertainment - The Shirt House Band and Mariachi La Victoria de San Diego serenaded the crowd for three hours. 

There were a lot of kids enjoying demos by Gyminny Kids, the Club’s own comedic ventriloquist Joe Gandelman, learning a golf swing at Red Line Athletics, and listening to some of their friends play their instruments at the Bach To Rock booth. Meanwhile, they were able to enjoy lemonade, ice cream and popcorn in the kid's refreshment zone as well as play a ton of games in the Game Stop. 

The figures aren't finished yet, but the Club’s goal was to raise funds to support the community service activities of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club Foundation and the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society, and they are thrilled with the preliminary result. 
 
 
Vines & Vittles A Huge Success 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Cabo Smiles August 2022 

Rotary District 5340 members Dr. Jeff Moses and lead nurse Patricia Hunter from the Rotary Club of Carlsbad and Rotary District 4100 members President Lucia Hatfield from RC Los Cabos led the Rotary-Smiles International Foundation surgical mission to Cabo Smiles August 2022 this last week. 14 babies and children received cleft reconstructive surgeries performed under intensive pediatric general anesthesia.
 
Have a look at this short 3-minute video reviewing our beautiful team's experience.  
 
Cabo Smiles August 2022 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Buddy's Backpacks

On Saturday, August 21 bright and early, several Rotarians from the Santee-Lakeside Rotary volunteered to help distribute 900 backpacks to kids gearing up for the new school year.  

The day before, Rotarians and others filled the backpacks with supplies in just one hour thanks to the great organizing skills of those who set up. 

Saturday, backpacks were distributed at a drive-up location at Rio Seco elementary school. They were all gone within 1.5 hours! Everyone who volunteered did an amazing job. One family was so excited to be able to get backpacks for their school-aged children that the mother shared they were homeless. As she left, she honked the horn to show her appreciation. What a feel-good moment! 
 
The program is named after Buddy Robaya who was one of the founders who passed away in 2020 and the program continues to grow each year.  The entire Santee community has embraced Buddy’s Backpacks.  All the supplies and backpacks are donated by community members and organizations. 
 
Buddy's Backpacks 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

2022 National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day 

 
Today is National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day.  San Diego Coastal Rotary Club is working toward raising community awareness throughout this upcoming week due to the importance of increased awareness and education to prevent further serious injuries and deaths resulting from fentanyl, especially as it is dramatically affecting our youth with high incidences of accidental overdoses.  Please click read more to learn how your club can help through education.
 
2022 National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Del Mar's Soiree Returns

 
September 13 marks the return of the Rotary Club of Del Mar’s 18th Annual Sunset Soirée Gala and Auction.  Join the merriment at 5:30 - 8:30 PM on the ocean-view deck of the Del Mar Plaza. This event is a celebration of the Rotary Club’s work in the community and the new and exciting projects to come. 
 
Enjoy an intimate evening with the sunset as your backdrop; you will partake in fabulous food and beverages, as you appreciate exciting entertainment and lively conversation.  Tickets are on sale now at www.delmarsunsetsoiree.org. With ticket purchases you can delight in food from the Del Mar area’s finest restaurants paired with wine, from local wineries and tasting rooms, as well as beer and tequila.  Doors open at 5:30 PM with a silent auction, complimented with tastings and libations from the area’s best restaurants, wineries and microbreweries, followed by a live auction.  Click read more for additional information.  
 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar's Soiree Returns 2022-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

Pacifica Beer Fest

 
PACIFICA BEER FEST
September 3, 2022
 

Let’s support our sister District!!!  Join the fun on Saturday, September 3 in Ensenada.  Have fun and support Rotary projects.  Proceeds will be used for community projects.  There will be live music, craft beer, amazing food and more.  To purchase tickets, click here.  
 
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Flapjacks for Backpack

On Saturday morning, August 13 at 6:00 AM, the Rotary Club of San Marcos and the MHHS interact Club were being of service at the Boys and Girls Club's Flapjacks for Backpacks fundraiser.  They helped set up, handed out backpacks and cleaned up after the event.  Over 700 backpacks filled with school supplies and books were distributed.  
 
 
 
 
 
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Compost for Vegetable Gardens

On Saturday, August 13, several Rotarians from the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club met up at Tubman Village Charter School to unload a huge pile of compost for their vegetable garden. The work was fun, and the company of volunteers was great. Thanks for all those who support schools in your community, and especially for ensuring students learn about healthy eating.
 
 
Compost for Vegetable Gardens 2022-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

From Disappointment to Excitement

As we all look to see what we can imagine Rotary to be, several Rotarians in District 5340 found themselves doing something very creative to assist back-to-school students of the Preuss School.  It was a last-minute project for the Rotary Club of San Diego Coastal and several other Rotarians who came to the rescue of students who found themselves at the last minute, prior to school opening, having to take public transportation when their school lost its contract for bus services.  These are disadvantage kids from Southeast San Diego, many of whom have never taken public transportation before and would be faced with one to one-and-a-half hours of travel time.
 
Rotarians collaborated with the school's PTA to get some information out to parents quickly in different languages.  Rotarian of the Year Fernanda Torres volunteered her translation skills to make sure the communication was accurate and understandable.  Volunteers were assigned to greet the students at trolley stops to make sure students made their transfers and got onto the correct trolley to and from school. 
 
From Disappointment to Excitement 2022-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

On Tuesday, August 9, Rotarians from District 5340 came together to enjoy baseball and fellowship.  Padres versus the Giants.  It's always nice to be able to say the Padres won 7-4 but, even more important, to say that everyone who attended had a great time.  
 
Take Me Out to the Ballgame 2022-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary MusiCamp Shreds the Gnar in Del Mar

Thanks to the Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship crew, almost a dozen symphony musicians from France, Germany and Mexico along with a couple local San Diego Youth Symphony young adults were taught how to surf in the 8th Annual Rotary MusiCamp Learn to Surf event which was held at 18th Street on July 29th. 
 
Surfers Unite Founder and Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle Brett Morey started this event back in 2012 as he had hosted a student from Germany. Brett asked his dear friend, the late Gary McElroy of San Diego Downtown Breakfast, “Gary, what if I took these kids surfing before they fly back to their countries"? He was all for it and so the tradition began in 2012. 
 
This year surf coaches consisted of Big Kahuna Vince Ponce of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi Noon, friends in the surf community Gary Giffin and lifetime members Danny Quisenberry (Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi Noon), Brett Mattei (Rotary Club of Del Mar), Mark Matthews (Rotary Club of La Mesa, Derren Lechuga (San Diego Coastal Rotary Club) and fellow Rotarians of La Jolla Golden Triangle Michael Slentz, Ranjan Lahiri and Karla & Brett Morey.   Surfers Unite events are another great way to bring in potential members and share the stoke of Service Above Self.
 
Rotary MusiCamp Shreds the Gnar in Del Mar 2022-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

La Jolla Sunrise Rotary's 3rd Annual Walk for the Trail 

 
 
You are invited to join in on the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary's 3rd Annual Walk for the Trail fundraiser scheduled for September 16.  This year’s event includes amazing views of the La Jolla coastline and Pacific Ocean during a .6 mile "Walk with Rotarians” and is followed by an outdoor "After Party" at an exclusive La Jolla Coast Walk residence.  The After Party includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction.  All proceeds go to preservation of the Coast Walk Trail.
 
Please contact Randy Large; Rlarge1@aol.com or (858) 922-5449 with questions.  
 

 
La Jolla Sunrise Rotary's 3rd Annual Walk for the Trail 2022-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

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

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

August is Membership and Club Development Month

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

RYLA is Back!
 

 
RYLA is back and better than ever.  There are a lot of details, including credits that relate to the unfortunate cancellation last year so please click read more to get all the details.  To sign up for ongoing updates for this year's RYLA, click here.
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Time to Start Planning for the 4-Way Test Speech Contest

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

Club Profile - Rotary Club of Del Mar

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

El Cajon Rotary Holds Successful Fundraiser

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

DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2025-2026 NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

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

Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame Welcomes Three into its Ranks

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

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

The organization did not select honorees in 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

A Look at the E-Club of San Diego Global

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

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

The 8th Grade LEAD Conference Is October 15 & 16, 2022

 
We are bringing back the 8th Grade LEAD Conference.  This year, it is scheduled for October 15 and 16, 2022.   
 
It has been three long, frustrating years since the last in-person Rotary youth conference. Come join in the fun as the LEAD Conference restarts the District’s youth program conferences! Sign your club up today to sponsor students from your local middle school. Lead will be held at the Cuyamaca Outdoor School, a San Diego County Office of Education campus.
 
Please go to the LEAD website and click on the Rotary Club Registration Form link and follow the instructions to complete the form. You may call Paul Pierce at 760-942-9911 or email him at pepjr@peplaw.com if you have questions. 
 
The 8th Grade LEAD Conference Is October 15 & 16, 2022 2022-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

District Environmental Sustainability Committee

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

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

Stop Human Trafficking

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

Africa Peace Concert

 
The Peace MGI Team Lead Emmanuel Katongole is working with a dedicated group of volunteers to plan several days of activities for RI President Jennifer Jones and her husband and guests who are traveling to Kampala the first week in September.  There is one event in particular that all Rotarians can participate in and that is the in-person and virtual Africa Peace Concert that will take place Friday, September 2.  You have the opportunity to view the concert if you make an online gift on Rotary.org to either the Rotary Peace Centers endowment or the Peacebuilding and Conflict Area of Focus between July and September.  When you do so, you will receive a virtual entry to the concert.  It could not be easier.  Click read more to view the How to Pay document that gives you details.  
 
Africa Peace Concert 2022-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary - Voluntary Contribution for Rotaractors to attend District Conference Dawn Van Siclen 2022-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

Clubs Join Together to Clean Up Wildlife Refuge Area

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

Wine, Dine and Song

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

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

57th Annual Poway Rotary Parade

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

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

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

Happy 100 Leon Williams

 
The Honorable Leon Williams celebrated his 100th Birthday on July 21, 2022 at the San Diego Rotary Club.  Leon joined Club 33 as an Honorary Member in 2011 and was the 2016 recipient of the Mr. San Diego Award for his contributions to outstanding community improvement for the San Diego region in a variety of ways, through his efforts over a long period of time.  California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber spoke about those contributions and all in attendance joined in singing Happy Birthday accompanied by the International Youth Symphony.  Visit https://bit.ly/LeonWilliams100 to send your birthday wish to our beloved Leon Williams!
Happy 100 Leon Williams 2022-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Membership Workshop Slated for August 20

 
DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR THIS IMPORTANT WORKSHOP
 
August is Membership Month and with that in mind, we are pleased to announce that our District Membership Workshop has been scheduled for August 20, 2022, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  The workshop will take place via Zoom.
 
This Workshop is intended for Club Presidents, Membership Chairs/Committees, and all Rotarians who want to learn how to help their clubs, and to help Rotary, grow and thrive.
 
The link to the registration page is:  https://rotary5340.org/event/membership-workshop-for-district-5340.
Membership Workshop Slated for August 20 2022-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Taste of Rancho Santa Fe

 
The 8th Annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe Event will be held Sunday October 9, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00PM. Purchase your tickets soon before the event sells out!
 
Visit the club's event website at  www.tasteofrsf.orgClick video to preview Taste of Rancho Santa Fe.  To learn more about the event, click read more.
 
Taste of Rancho Santa Fe 2022-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

We Are Searching for Volunteers

 
District 5340's sole reason for existing is to support Rotary clubs within its boundaries and operates with volunteer support. The District provides support and resources to assist clubs in serving their members and communities. A variety of positions are available on District committees which include, Membership, Training, Public Image, Youth, International, District and Projects & Events. There is a special need for several Sergeant-at-Arms to help manage our events. Most positions require 1 year of Rotary membership, Assistant Governor positions require 5 years of membership.  
 
We Are Searching for Volunteers 2022-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Deadline for District Grant Applications for 2022/23 is Tomorrow, August 1 2022-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Building Homes - Changing Lives

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

Rotarians Give a Sheet

The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club among many other organizations identified the Christian-based East County Transitional Center (ECTC) as one of its key non-profits it likes to support.  The Center provides transitional living and programs and services that restores the lives of those who are homeless.   Well-trained case managers, knowledgeable about specialized assistance for this type of homelessness, The Center see themselves as a community, not a shelter and provides a "way-out" of an untenable situation for this large segment of the homeless
 
One of the ways the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club helps ECTC is engaging in a very simple project supporting a very basis human need - toilet paper!   Club members each contribute packages of toilet for East County Transitional Living Center because “Rotarians Give a Sheet.” This drive concludes at the Club's installation dinner.  It's a fun project and everyone looks forward to participating.  To learn more about ECTC, go to https://www.ectlc.org/.
 
 
 
Rotarians Give a Sheet 2022-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Corked Carlsbad

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

Meet District Rotaract Representative (DRR) - Erika Rodriguez

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

Rotary Cruise - Save $750.00 Act Now

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

Opportunity to Learn More About the Role of Governor

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

Join Us for a Night of Baseball August 9

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

Coronado Earns Honors at 4th of July Parade

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

Interested in Playing Softball?

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

Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Featured in Rotary Voices

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

Coronado Rotary Provides Grant to Warrior Foundation Freedom Station

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

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

Come Hear Dan McAllister Speak

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

Reminder to Club Presidents

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

2022 District 5340 Awardees Announced

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

Ever Thought of Becoming a District Governor?

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

Vines and Vittles Family Festival

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

July is New Leadership Month

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

We Have a New Governor

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

Meet Rotary's First Female President

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

Fallbrook Independence Day Pancake Breakfast

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

Comforting Toys Donations Needed

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

The Changing of the Guard

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

The Sun Shined on the Low Tide Ride and Stride 

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

Bro Am Beach Fest a Huge Success

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

RI Approves District 5340 Grant to Aid Ukrainians

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

Thousand Smiles Holds Successful Clinic

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

Super Cow Needs a Home!

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

$2,000 Grant Given to Elder Help

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

Rotary Rose Parade Float Theme Announced

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

Rotary Places a Focus on Peace

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

Mar Y Vino

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

$10,000 in Scholarships Given to Fallbrook High Students

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

2022 Convention Provides Inspiring Moments 

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

Get Out Your Hawaiian Shirt!

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

June is Rotary Fellowship Month

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

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Presents Scholarships

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

San Marcos Rotary Club Hands Out Scholarship Awards

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

Comedy Night June 10

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

Melbourne Australia is Site for Next Year's Rotary Convention

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

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

Flamingo Night a Success

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

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

Chili and Quackers Event Enjoyed By All

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

Districts Join Together to Aid Thousand Smiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Care 'n Share Toy Drive is Back 

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

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

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

2nd Social Yields 25 New Prospective Members

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

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

 
 
The 10th Annual City2Surf was held last Saturday in Del Mar.  San Diego based non-profit Hope Leadership Academy offers City2Surf, basketball and football camps as well as after school activities designed to ensure that youth from fatherless homes in underserved communities receive support, guidance and a plan to break the cycles of divorce, poverty and hopelessness.  Brett Morey, Founder of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship and Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle has been involved for eight of the past 10 years.  According to Brett, “We simply couldn’t pull off this annual event without our amazing volunteers and friends in the surfing community.”  This year’s crew included: Big Kahuna Lifetime Member, Vince Ponce of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi-Noon, Big Kahuna Jim Johnson who came down from Orange County with a few friends and Big Kahuna Brett Morey and his fiancé Karla Pieto.  Jim is the incoming President of the Rotary Club of Irvine which is another example of how this remarkable Rotary Fellowship is building relationships within the family of Rotary.  Surfers Unite now has members in 35 countries as well.  Lifetime members of Surfers Unite included: Brett Mattei, Past President of the Rotary Club of Del Mar, Lifetime member Danny Quisenberry of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi-Noon and over 15 friends in the surfing community.  Uriah Mirandon of Del MarSurf Sessions generously supplied the boards, instruction and wetsuits for free.  Rotarians in D5340 should contact Uriah’s team for private surf lessons.
 
The 10th Annual City2Surf was held last Saturday in Del Mar 2022-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Santee Rotarians Assists with Stomp Out Hunger Food Drive

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

You Are Invited to Refugee Day

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

Calling all Financial Advisors! Help a Human Trafficking Survivor Thrive

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

Six New Houses Built in Mexico

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

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

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

ClubRunner Changeover Training

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

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

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

Click here to view schedule and to register for individual sessions or visit www.clubrunner.com/training. Can't attend live? Not to worry, all sessions will be recorded and shared on our Community site after the series is complete.
 
 
 
 
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Duck Duck Chili!

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

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

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

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotarians and friends helped the Nature Collective clear non-native plants at the San Elijo Lagoon and San Dieguito County Park on Rotarians At Work Day. 
 
 
Rotarians Weed and Clear at San Elijo Lagoon 2022-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Takes Inner City Kids Surfing

 
If you haven't signed up to assist with the Sat. May 14th City2Surf event in Del Mar be sure to get "on board" today as Rotarians throughout the county including Interact and Rotaract members as well as friends in the surfing community will take more than 50 inner city kids from Southeast San Diego and the South Bay surfing in Del Mar.  City2Surf is a Learn to Surf program supported by Hope Leadership Academy, a faith based 501(c)3 organization and this can be a great opportunity to serve with arts and crafts, helping kids get in and out of wetsuits, photography and of course pushing kids in the water.  There are already 20 volunteers signed up however there are a few open positions so contact Brett Morey at 858-602-2532 or register at: www.surfersunite.org/events.
 
 
Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship Takes Inner City Kids Surfing 2022-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

Nativity Prep Academy is Site for Rotarians at Work Day

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

Nativity Prep Academy is a private-independent, all-scholarship Catholic middle school and college-preparatory program for young men and women from low-income families who represent the first generation to graduate from college. Eleven years of support empowers our students to excel through high school, college, and beyond, becoming role models and leaders in their communities.
 
Nativity Prep Academy is Site for Rotarians at Work Day 2022-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

North County Membership Social was Enjoyed by All

The Rotary District 5340 Cinco de Mayo membership social at Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation was a blast!  95 Rotarians and guests had a wonderful time celebrating Cinco de Mayo while taking the opportunity to meet and greet fellow Rotarians and potential Rotarians.
 
If you missed it, there is a Membership Social for San Diego on May 19 at the Legacy Center Mission Valley, so get in on the fun and fellowship by signing up on the District website. 
 
North County Membership Social was Enjoyed by All 2022-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

Otay Elementary Gets Assist with Cleaning Up in Garden

Rotarians from Chula Vista Sunrise and Eastlake Rotary Clubs joined together with community members last week at Otay Elementary School to assist with cleaning up the garden. A shed was built, weeds were removed, and countless other tasks undertaken. Rotarians coming together on Rotarians at Work Day!
 
 
Otay Elementary Gets Assist with Cleaning Up in Garden 2022-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at the Padres

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

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

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

 
Join the Encinitas Rotary Club for this celebration of international wines, spirits, local microbrews and outstanding cuisine from some of the region’s finest restaurants and caterers.  
 
The 19th Annual Encinitas Wine & Food Festival is being held at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. Guests will enjoy the beautiful grounds and ocean view, sample the wines and beverages from around the world, and taste the best dishes and desserts from our local restaurants and caterers. It’s truly a memorable occasion!  Carpool & Win! Those who carpool with four or more to a car will have access to priority parking and be entered into a special prize drawing. 
 
For more information: Email: info@EncinitasWineFestival.com or go to the event website:  www.EncinitasWineFestival.com.
Save the Date - 19th Annual Encinitas Wine & Food Festival 2022-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Shucking Corn at Feeding America

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

The Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club has distributed funds to Carol’s House managed by the CRC. The funds will go to support the CRC’s Carols House. Opened in 2004, Carol’s House is a 24-bed emergency shelter for all victims of domestic violence; it offers residents a safe home for 45 to 60 days in the emergency shelter while receiving concurrent services. The club is so very pleased to give these funds to a very worthy local charity.
 
Photo from L-R, Rebecca Nussbaun, Chief Program Officer, Gretchen Mitchell, Fundraising Chairwoman, Marti Rosenberg, President Coastal Encinitas Rotary, and John Van Cleef, ECR member and CEO.    Photos by Hugh Stone, Encinitas Coastal Rotarian.
 
Encinitas Coastal Rotary Donates $4,555 to CRC from Purse Bingo Event 2022-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

May is Youth Services Month

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

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

 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DISTRICT SERVICE EVENT: MEALS FOR UKRAINE

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

A fantastic Rotary District 5340  Rotarians at Work Day event occurred in support of GenerateHope. This was the largest turnout todate with 30 Rotarians from Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club, Coronado Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Southeast San Diego, San Diego Rotary Club, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, and Pacific Beach Rotaract! They made short work of landscaping, deep cleaning and painting projects. The true benefit of this venture was that Rotarians  demonstrated the Human Trafficking survivors at this transition home that they are loved for who they are and that they matter!! 
 
Clubs Join Together to Maximize Efforts and Show a Little Love 2022-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Watershed Cleanup

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

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

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

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

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

A Peace Pole donated by La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club was installed at The Preuss School UC San Diego.  To help promote the concept of peace, the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, through its Peace Committee, donated a peace pole that became part of a newly created zen garden on the campus of The Preuss School UC San Diego.  The project has been a cooperative effort between members of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary club and The Preuss School’s Interact club.
 
The words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” are inscribed on the pole in eight different languages, the choice of which was made by the students and reflects some of the languages spoken by Preuss' families.  
 
The project started in the winter of 2019-2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19.  With the help of retired teacher, Eric Romer, and Tamima Noorzay of UCSD, the project was finally able to be completed and was presented to the Preuss community on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
 
Peace Pole Dedicated at Preuss School 2022-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Charity Golf Scramble

 
Join the Rotary Club of Carlsbad in a charitable golfing event benefitting the North County Lifeline Foundation whose mission is to build self-reliance among youth, adults and families through high-quality, community-based services.    The charitable golf scramble is set for June 10, 2022.  To register to play or to sign up as a sponsor, click here.
Charity Golf Scramble 2022-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Council on Legislation Report

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

94 items were under consideration of which only 29 were adopted. These changes will take effect on July 1, 2022. A lot of items were just small and technical changes, but there were a few that are a little more significant. The complete list of proposed legislation can be found at https://my-cms.rotary.org/en/document/proposed-legislation-2022-council-legislation, and the complete results of the vote can be found at https://my-cms.rotary.org/en/document/vote-totals-2022-council-legislation. I will just expand on some items below.
 
2022 Council on Legislation Report 2022-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at the Padre Game

Rotary District 5340 members and Rotary District 4100 share fellowship together at the Padres vs. Reds game held on April 19.  The Padres won the game 6 to 2.  Don't miss out on the fun of baseball and the fellowship between Rotarians across the district.  The next game is scheduled for May 10 when the Padres take on the Cubs.
 
Rotarians at the Padre Game 2022-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Peace Pole Dedication

 
All Rotarians Welcome
Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 at 9am
Balboa Park, near the International Houses
 
The Rotarians from the E-Club of San Diego Global of San Diego have been working on putting together this peace pole for the past four years.  Along with the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club they want to dedicate it at Balboa Park to raise awareness for Global Peace.  With the war in Ukraine giving attention to world conflict, this is a very timely event, sending a message in 12 languages “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. 
 
Peace Pole Dedication 2022-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary & Shelter Box Work Together to Provide Relief for Ukraine Crisis 2022-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Mission Trails Clean Up Opportunity

 
In celebration of Earth Day (March 22) and Rotarians at Work Day (April 30), San Diego Coastal Rotary Club will be cleaning and sprucing up one of our favorite places - the amazing Mission Trails Park, one of the largest, most beautiful natural parks in the US.  Please wear your Rotarian at Work shirt, sun protection and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Be sure to bring a personal water bottle to refill and your own work gloves, if you have them. Tools, gloves and know-how, along with snacks, ice water and Gatorade, will be provided. Family and friends are very welcome.
 
Volunteers under 18 years of age must have the volunteer waiver electronically signed by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers under 13 years of age, must also be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Here's a website to check out Mission Trails Park and find out more: Mission Trails Regional Park (mtrp.org) RSVP to Jenny Parker at jenny@jparkermd.net
Mission Trails Clean Up Opportunity 2022-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Help District 5340 Reach Its $ Million Goal

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

This World Immunization Week (April 24-30, 2022) please help our Rotary District reach our $333,333 giving goal this year to end polio. Every Dollar contributed to the PolioPlus Foundation is doubled by the Gates Foundation, which means we will have raised $1 million toward our goal to end polio.
 
Help District 5340 Reach Its $ Million Goal 2022-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

'Rotarians at Work Day

 
Drop us a line and let us know what you or your club are doing to promote Rotary in your community on Sat., April 30th.  Don't have a plan yet?  Perhaps you can link up with other clubs or make the drive up to Newport Back Bay to take part in the StandUp for the Cure event.  More than 500 SUP riders including members of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship throughout SoCal will raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Breast Cancer Research.  Yes there are plenty of ways to get involved so click here to complete the Google form or simply send an email to bretthmorey@gmail.com Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle.  
 
'Rotarians at Work Day 2022-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Low Tide Ride & Stride

 
Kick off summer and Father’s Day Weekend with the 25th Anniversary Low Tide Ride & Stride on a NEW COURSE starting and ending at North Beach.
 
Drop your beach chair at Sunset Park for the after-party with vendor tents and Matt Heinecke on guitar. Don’t miss this local Coronado event hosted by the Rotary Club of Coronado! Your participation supports our wounded warriors and first responders. Register now for early bird pricing: https://lowtideride.com.
Low Tide Ride & Stride 2022-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Thousand Smiles Clinic Dates Announced

 
The Thousand Smiles Foundation announced upcoming clinics and is encouraging Rotarians to consider volunteering on one or more clinic dates.  Thousand Smiles Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery and Dental Clinic will be held on the following days in 2022: May 6-7, August 5-6, November 4-5
 
At the following location: 
Thousand Smiles Clinic, Av Mexico 124, Corner of Av Mexico and 18 de Marzo, Colonia Buena Ventura, Ensenada 
 
If you are interested in attending, go to the Foundation website https://thousandsmiles.org, click on Volunteering and under that Sign Up.  
 
Any questions, feel free to call Bob Chalfa at 619 843 2943.
 
Thousand Smiles Clinic Dates Announced 2022-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Need a Speaker for Your Meeting?

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

Contact: kschafer108@gmail.com, tel: 619-322-6040
 
Need a Speaker for Your Meeting? 2022-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Shows Support

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

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

Model UN a Huge Success

Rotary District 5340’s Model United Nations occurred this month.  This action-packed 2-day extravaganza was held at Del Mar City Hall and was a huge success.    
 
Pauline Lin-Endresen, San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club, and her Co-Chair, Klaus Gubenator, Del Mar Club, organized and led over 100 students from 17 schools. In addition, international speakers, teachers, advisors, Rotaractors, and many District 5340 Rotarians were involved throughout the year and on the weekend itself.   Kevin Cahill, Del Mar Club, is the Chair – Emeritus. 
 
During the pandemic, Pauline transformed the Model UN, with its 100+ students and teachers, to an online venue - impressing all involved. Pauline was thrilled to be back in person this year. 
 
Guided by teachers and advisors, the students prepare all year. Student teams represent various nations around the globe, learning about their nations' biggest problems, biggest assets, and taking on that nations' point of view.  Top-notch international speakers attend, speak, and inspire the students as they negotiate the globe's biggest dilemmas.  San Diego State Rotaractors assume Model United Nations leadership roles as the Secretary-General.  
 
Alongside other District 5340 members, to make this a highlight of students' high school careers. All Rotarians participating agreed that "we learn as much as the students" by helping with this event. President Ann-Marie commented, "It's also a lot of fun and a great way to get to know other District 5340 members."
 
Our District 5340 is the only one in the United States with a Rotary Model United Nations Program, started by our District's Pathways to Peace Committee thirteen years ago. Rotary International has a long and proud association with the U.N, with Rotarians involved in its charter, and having the highest consultative status of any nongovernmental organization.  We are also partners with the U.N. in our PolioPlus initiative.
 
Learn more about Rotary's proud participation in the founding of the United Nations in 1945: Rotary and at The Start of the United Nations.  
 
 
Model UN a Huge Success 2022-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Mini Veterans Stand Down Event in East County

 
 
 
The organizers of a mini–Stand Down Veterans event is looking for additional Rotary partners (Point Loma Rotary is sponsoring). Organizers have assembled a list of items for “Survival Kits” for Veterans to be order from Dollar Tree. Most items come in a case of 24 units. There is an inventory list for both men and women to help you build the kits.  This event is taking place in East County on April 21 from 10AM to 2PM at the VFW Hall, 136 Chambers Street, El Cajon.    The San Diego Blook Bank will also be at this event.  
 
The event will have representatives from the legal aid society, Veterans Village, Paul Mitchel Hair Salon, and Family Health for medical treatment. Service organizations can participate as well.  
 
If you have questions, please contact Robert Cenko at robert.cenko@nw-w.com.  There are four documents you can download to aid you in ordering kits from Dollar Tree as well as inventory lists for both male and female: 
 
Mini Veterans Stand Down Event in East County 2022-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Golf Balls Drop From the Sky

 
Look! Up in the Sky.  It’s a bird. It’s a plane.  It’s golf balls?  Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club announces their 6th Annual Golf Ball Drop to benefit the Navy SEALs Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Griset Branch, the Community Resource Center, and Just in Time for Foster Youth.  
 
Golf Balls Drop From the Sky 2022-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Join with Rotary to Promote the Power of Vaccines to Protect Children and Save Lives

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

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

 
The Old Mission Rotary club invites Rotarians to join them for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 5 at noon to hear Dr. Caitriona Tilden speak on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.  The meeting will be held at the Legacy Resort and Spa Foundation Restaurant.  A bio of the speaker follows:
 
Caitriona Tilden, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychology Fellow at the San Diego VA/UCSD Consortium currently serving veterans at the San Diego VA Center of Recovery Education.  She provides evidence-based, recovery-oriented care to Veterans with serious mental health concerns, specifically those who are experiencing psychosis. Chances are, we all know someone who has struggled with mental health challenges and suicide.  Please join us for lunch at Noon on Tuesday, April 5th to learn about these challenges and where to find resources for help.  This will be the first in a two-part series of presentations about mental health and suicide.  The following week we have Dave Jones of the Escondido After Five Rotary taking on the subject from a very personal standpoint.
 
Please RSVP using this link:
http://evite.me/ZYHvg6Cvfb
 
You're Invited to Hear a Speaker on Mental Health and Prevention 2022-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

April - Maternal and Child Health Month

 
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.  We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
April - Maternal and Child Health Month 2022-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Wine Anyone?

On March 15, several Del Mar Rotarians met to show off their winemaking skills in a fun evening of competition and wine tasting at Solterra Winery. Outfitted with the necessary tools and a brief tutorial, we got into groups of 4 and 5 and experimented with finding a blend of wine that best suited our palate! Owner and Winemaker Chris Van Alyea did the judging and the team lead by Sharon Schendel came in first place with a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
 
Wine Anyone? 2022-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Hilarity for Charity

On Friday, April 1, with a packed house, Marsha Starr (also a Rotarian), the HIPNO DIVA entertained attendees with a great comedy hypnosis show featuring volunteers from the audience.  This fundraiser was a joint effort between the La Mesa Rotary and the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary clubs.  All proceeds fund the charities both clubs support.  The event included both a live and silent auction.  There was such interest in one of the live auction item that the donor offered it twice!  
 
Hilarity for Charity 2022-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Love to Golf?  Join in the District Golf Roundup!

 
 
 
Do you enjoy golfing?  If so, please consider joining the District Golf Roundup scheduled for April 26, 2022 at 2:30 PM at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.  The fee is $45 and includes cart and range balls.  This is a wonderful fellowship opportunity to meet other like-minded Rotarians while enjoying the beautiful sunshine of Southern California.  If you are interested, please contact Bret Geernaert at bretg2019pres@gmail.com.  
Love to Golf? Join in the District Golf Roundup! 2022-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Sub=Regional Round of 4-Way Speech Contest Held

Old Mission Rotary Hosted a Sub-Regional Round of the Rotary District 5340 Four Way Test Speech Contest. (L-R) Chase Bergener (Coronado Club), Yen Lam (Club 33), Kylie Womack (La Mesa Club), Angel Aquino (Rancho Bernardo Club) and Rishab Bora (Carlsbad Club). As always, it was very difficult to rank the speeches as the students were all well prepared and passionate. Rishab Bora and Kylie Womack will be continuing on to the Regional Round of competition. 
 
Sub=Regional Round of 4-Way Speech Contest Held 2022-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians from the E-Club of San Diego Global and San Diego Downtown Breakfast Club to 
dedicate a Peace Pole at Balboa Park to raise awareness for Global Peace

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

Joint Cleanup Project

On March 26, San Diego Coastal Rotary Club partnered with Coronado Rotary Club as well as PB Rotaract Club to help San Diego Coastkeepers clean up a riverbed in the Otay Valley Regional Park. This beautiful park surrounds the river and wetlands that run to the South Bay National Wildlife Refuge - part of the larger San Diego Bay Refuge Complex. Ranger Moises says that we picked up about 200 pounds of trash (mostly plastic) and helped haul away a 40 cubic yard trailer of debris from invasive trees in the area. Unfortunately, this was only a small amount of the work that needs to get done to keep our sensitive watershed areas healthy. All participants are enthusiastic supporters of Rotary's 7th area of focus and are planning on many more projects like this come.
 
Here is the link to the professional YouTube video that was made to an earlier similar project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKwo8Z9PZCc
 
 
Joint Cleanup Project 2022-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Coronado Holds Successful Golf Tourney

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

Hear John Hewko Speak

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

Pick to Give Community Outreach Project

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

Participants Needed for Dementia Caregiving Study

 
Rotarians, here is an opportunity for service:  Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with a San Diego small business, CareVirtue, to develop a legal and financial education tool for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. They are currently looking for people to participate in a survey that will help the research team build this tool.   Click HERE for a copy of the flyer explaining this study.
Participants Needed for Dementia Caregiving Study 2022-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Night at the Padres 2022-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

Encinitas Rotary Club raises $22K for Ukraine

Encinitas Rotary Club raises $22K for Ukraine

ENCINITAS

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

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

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

Mark Your Calendars for Spring Blood Drive

 
On April 27, roll up your sleeve and join the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps at their Blood Drive. The San Diego Blood Bank will help us. We'll be at the new Von's (10675 Scripps Poway Pkwy) from 9-2:30.
 
To participate you must schedule an appointment at sandiegobloodbank.org/donate or calling 619-400-8251. Appointments are mandatory and donors will need to bring a photo ID.
Mark Your Calendars for Spring Blood Drive 2022-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Encinitas provides $22K for Humanitarian Supplies

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

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

Rotary District Members Spruce Up Human Trafficking Survivor Home

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

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

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

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

Rotary Club of Del Mar Refurbishes Access Ramp

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

Carlsbad Hi-Noon Builds Their 22nd House in Tijuana

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

Rotary's Network Enables Rapid Humanitarian Relief for Ukranian Refugees

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

Rotary Responds to Ukranian Refugee Crisis

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

Rotary Clubs Partner for Optical Mission

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

410 Pounds of Oranges Headed to Food Bank

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

Rotary Club Sponsors Book Faire

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

San Diego Police Department to Get Upgrades

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

Music Contest Held

La Mesa Noon Rotary Club hosted the annual music contest this week. Although these kids haven’t been playing for long, they were terrific! Each was awarded prize money for their efforts!
 
Music Contest Held 2022-03-11 08:00:00Z 0

Want to Play Golf?

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

Gala Benefiting Thousand Smiles

 
The Thousand Smiles Foundation was established by a group of Rotarians from the San Diego area in 1985, to provide free professional medical treatment to patients with maxillofacial deformities who, without our help, would go untreated, to use our facilities to provide dental care to under privileged children and to promote a bilateral interchange of medical, dental and surgical techniques between the medical professionals from the USA and the countries in which we work.
 
Gala Benefiting Thousand Smiles 2022-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Give the Gift of Life!

 
The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise is sponsoring a blood drive on March 26.  If you can donate, please do so as there is currently a shortage of blood in San Diego County.  
 
Date: March 26, 2022
Time: 10-3:30 PM
Location: 12156 Carmel Mountain Rd #300
Panera Bread Parking Lot
San Diego, CA 92128
 
Give the Gift of Life! 2022-03-04 08:00:00Z 0

How Rotarians Can Help Ukraine Humanitarian Efforts

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

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

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

Sunday Musings - An Historic PETS

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

Chula Vista Rotary Shows Love to Healthcare Workers

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

March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month

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

Join in on Coastal Cleanup Project March 26

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

District Training Assembly Around the Corner

 
 
ARE YOU REGISTERED?  The District Training Assembly is a great opportunity for officers, committee chairs and club members, new and old, to learn how to manage programs, projects and best practices from knowledgeable Rotarians.  The District Training Assembly is especially beneficial in educating new members/Red Badgers about Rotary, its programs and the resources available in the district.    
 
Two members of any club planning to apply for a District Grant MUST register and attend the District Grants Seminar.  
 
The Global Grants Seminar will be held from 12:10 to 1:30 PM - two members of every Club planning to apply for a Global Grant are required to attend this seminar.  
 
Online registration is open, and classes are filling up so don't delay.  Click on register now set up your classes.
 
District Training Assembly Around the Corner 2022-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Sweetwarter Partners with the Rotary Club of Meycauayan East

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

Scholarship Raffle to Benefit High School Seniors in Carlsbad

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

Presidents-Elect Attend Pets

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

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

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

Rotary District 5340 Policy for Rotary Foundation Grants 2022-2023

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

Motorized Scooters Donated by the Rotary Club of Sweetwater

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

19th Annual Point Loma Rotary 
Comedy Night

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

Prepare for District Training Assembly

 
Prepare for the District Training Assembly

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

LaJolla Sunrise Rotary Club Sponsors Virtual Food Drive

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

I l like the Rotary Logo

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

This month, Santee-Lakeside Rotary club members and friends of Rotary donated much needed supplies to the Fisher House San Diego. Fisher House's Mission of serving military by providing a "home away from home," at no cost, for their families while they are hospitalized caught the attention of the club who wanted to help.   These homes allow military families to focus on the medical care and recovery of their loved one.
 
Photo:  Santee-Lakeside president, Laura Purdom delivers supplies to Fisher House San Diego
Fisher House Receives Needed Supplies 2022-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at the Padres

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

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

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

Thousand Smiles Foundation held a successful February clinic two weeks ago.  The Foundation would like to thank those who supported it!  Many thanks to the Point Loma Rotary club for sponsoring the volunteer lunches at the clinic. We had a very tasty taco luncheon. Gracias to the Lake Elsinore Rotary club for sponsoring the patient/family lunches as an ongoing project they have had for many years! Appreciation goes to the Centenaria Rotary of Ensenada for their ongoing logistical support as liaisons to the Baja Community. The Santee Rotary club gifted our kids with hundreds of toothbrushing kits, and the Highway 78 Rotary club supported us with books in Spanish, nutrition lessons, as well as internet magic! And of course, all our dedicated volunteers from other Rotary clubs and medical/dental people. We cannot function without this core of dedicated people!  The Foundation is also grateful for Jimbos Markets for their ongoing support of our nutrition education and their donations!
 
Two more clinics have been added to the Foundation's existing six clinics a year agenda. In March, they will be holding a pediatric clinic for Baja special needs children who would otherwise go unseen for dental care. They will also do another one later in the year. We are continuing to find more ways to serve the needy population in Baja. 
 
 
Thousand Smiles Holds Successful Clinic 2022-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

District to Support Afghan Refugee Efforts

 
Rotary District 5340 and the San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) are joining forces to support community-based organizations that are providing support services to Afghan Refugees in San Diego County.  These organizations are providing very important services and goods to the thousands of incoming families in San Diego County that require assistance with emergency food, housing, clothing, legal services, transportation, health care and so much more.
 
This first-of-a-kind community collaboration for our Rotary District will include financial support from both organizations and volunteer opportunities for all members.  To date, we have assembled $30,000 in support for this important cause, and we expect this to grow significantly.  We have an anonymous donor that has agreed to match $10,000 in additional donations. 
 
District to Support Afghan Refugee Efforts 2022-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Bouncy Balls Galore

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

 
Don't forget to register today for the 2022 District Training Assembly!  Held only once a year the District Training Assembly (DTA) is a great opportunity for officers, committee chairs and club members, new and old, to learn how to manage programs, projects and best practices from other Rotarians.  The District Training Assembly is especially beneficial in educating members about Rotary, programs and the resources available through the District.  Online registration is open, and classes are filling up, so don't delay!  Visit the District website today to register and select your classes!
 
Two members of any club planning to apply for a District Grant MUST register to attend the District Grants Seminar, immediately following the District Assembly.  Additionally, for those clubs planning on applying for a Global Grant, two members of your club need to attend the Global Grants Seminar being held as part of the District Assembly from 12:10 to 1:30 PM.  
 
Sign Up Now for the District Training Assembly 2022-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

What Are You Doing for Rotarians at Work Day?

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

Super Bowl Beach Clean Up in OB

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

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

Humanitarian Visit to La Rumorosa Mexico

Several members the Chula Vista Eastlake Rotary club made a trip to a home for abandoned seniors in La Rumorosa, Mexico on February 5th. They dropped off food, blankets, and gently worn clothing. But the main purpose of the visit was to scout out the repairs needed at La Casa Para Pobres Desamparados. The electricity is out in the kitchen and a dedicated electrical box is needed to handle the load for the electric water heater. Another visit is planned to ensure the electrician the club helped facilitate was able to complete the job. For now, though, they were glad to make a small dent in their ongoing needs.
 
 
Humanitarian Visit to La Rumorosa Mexico 2022-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Monthly Rotary Theme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rotarians Providing Service to Their Communities

Chula Vista Rotary
 
Members of the Chula Vista Rotary spent the morning of January 29 in service and fellowship, volunteering at Feeding San Diego. 
 
 
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary
 
Members of the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary is doing their part to spread joy around San Diego. They made California poppy seed bombs out of clay to throw around the community and brighten our world. 
 
 
Route 78 Rotary Club
 
Route 78 Rotary members Ashley Anello and Tamara Stark presented a check from their club for $500. as well as food to Unicorn 🦄 House in Oceanside.
 
 
Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club
 
The Rotary Club of Santee Lakeside is proud to support Paws for Purple Hearts San Diego.  Rotarians Lori Bird, Laura Purdom and Taylor Henderson presented a grant check of $1,000 to help them continue their amazing work with Veterans.
 
 
Rotarians Providing Service to Their Communities 2022-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

 Rotary Foundation Training Session

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

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

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

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

You may buy tickets online here.  
Mariachi Festival Slated for April 10 2022-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

RI President-Elect Sets Theme for 2022-2023

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

Vaccination Committee Publishes Newsletter

 
Be on the lookout! District 5340's Immunization Committee is publishing a monthly Vaccine, Health & Wellness Newsletter.  The first edition of the Newsletter can be obtained here.  This Committee has been instrumental throughout the years in bringing public awareness of the importance of vaccination to Rotary clubs and the public-at-large - most notably the Polio vaccination efforts.   Each month, Newsbits will publish the link to the most current edition of the newsletter making it convenient for you to access it in a timely manner.  
 
Vaccination Committee Publishes Newsletter 2022-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

Del Mar Rotary Club Making a Difference in Their Community

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

Sponsorships of Afghan Refugees

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

The Sponsor Circle Program is a community-led resettlement initiative that allows everyday Americans to take on the responsibility of welcoming Afghan newcomers to their communities. This is an emergency response launched to ensure that all arriving Afghans receive welcome and support. The Sponsor Circle Program pairs Afghan newcomers with community groups eager to provide support.  Your Rotary club may be interested in sponsoring a family.  For more information please click link:  https://www.sponsorcircles.org/. The Program also provides application support sessions Monday-Friday; you can sign up here: https://www.sponsorcircles.org/application-support-sessions.
 
Sponsorships of Afghan Refugees 2022-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Imperial Valley Clubs Celebrate 100 Years of Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

Point Loma Rotarian Wins Citation Award

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

We will present his award at his club meeting and at the District Governor's Dinner at the end of this year.
 
Point Loma Rotarian Wins Citation Award 2022-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Help End Human Trafficking

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

Please sign up for this terrific summit that your District Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is conducting with Point Loma Nazarene University and the San Diego County Office of Education.
 
The regional summit will feature some inspiring speakers and provide you with tips and tools to help prevent someone in our region from becoming a victim of this $800 million illicit industry.
 
The event is free, but registration is required. Reserve your spot today!
 
To register, click here.
 
 
Help End Human Trafficking 2022-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

Media Coaching for Professionals in Today's Digital World

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

New Evening Club Being Established

 
A new club is forming that has grown out of the Mission Gorge Rotary Club (now defunct).  It will be called the Mission Valley Evening Rotary Club.  They will be meeting on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:00 pm at the Mission Valley Library (Fenway Parkway Center) Community Room.  If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this meeting.  All COVID protocols will be obserbed (vaccines, boosters, masks) as required by the library.
 
For more information, contact Past District Governor Marge Cole at marge.cole@yahoo.com.
New Evening Club Being Established 2022-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Family Gives Up Presents to Furnish Homes Built by Rotary Members
 

On December 4, 2021, over 25 Rotary clubs from the US and Mexico teamed up to donate and build seven houses for families in need in the Trebol community by Tecate BC. Once they all left and celebrated the great deed, Elena and Ivan Alba from the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary club set out to donate all the money they would spend on Christmas gifts for friends and family to, instead, purchase furniture and housewares for the seven families who received new homes. With the help of generous donations from several Rotarians and two clubs (from Del Mar and Tijuana), and the help of Fernanda Torres, they were able to bring the gifts of furniture and other items to those familie