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District Events
Rotary Leadership Institute & Pre-PETS-REGISTRATION CLOSED Jan 31, 2015 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
An Evening with Richard Lederer - District Council La Jolla Marriott
Feb 17, 2015 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Southern California/Nevada PETS Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Feb 20, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015
District 5340 Peace Forum Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Feb 21, 2015 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Advisory Council Information Meeting District Conference Room
Feb 28, 2015 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2015 District Trainng Assembly Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice-University of San Diego
Mar 21, 2015
Leadership & Development Academy Braille Institute
Mar 24, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Model United Nations Seminar Apr 11, 2015 11:00 AM - Apr 12, 2015 03:00 PM
RYLA Apr 17, 2015 08:00 AM - Apr 19, 2015 03:00 PM
4-Way Speech Contest Finals Apr 28, 2015 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute TBA
May 16, 2015 08:00 AM - 03:30 PM
RI International Convention Anhembi Convention Center
Jun 06, 2015 - Jun 09, 2015
District Council "Governor's Dinner" Jun 23, 2015 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
LEAD Youth Conference Cuyamaca Camp
Oct 17, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
Model United Nations Seminar Apr 09, 2016 - Apr 10, 2016
District News
Posted by Louise Andres on Jan 21, 2015

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We are pleased to announce that Terry and Barbara Caster of the La Mesa Rotary Club were honored at an Arch Klumph Society induction on this past Thursday.  In attendance were their family and friends,  Rotary International President, Gary CK Huang, the Rotary Foundation Chairman, John Kenny, several past RI Presidents, RI President Elect and RI President Nominee, as well as a number of Rotary Trustees and Directors.  Terry talked about why he contributes to the Rotary Foundation, and how much his family's  charitable work means to each of them.  

Thanks to Terry and Barbara for their generosity to Rotary.

Posted by James Dunny

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District Governor Elects from around the world are attending training sessions at the International Assembly in San Diego.  The assembly runs from Sunday, January 18 through Saturday, January 24.  As is usual for this meeting, the President Elect of Rotary Internatonal announces the theme for the next Rotary year.  The theme and logo for 2015 -2016 was unveiled during Sunday evening's opening session

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA.
 
Posted by Marjorie Cole on Jan 20, 2015

A colorful pageant in opening session of the International Assembly in San Diego is the Parade of Flags of the countries representing the countries of the visiting District Governor Elects.  Over 45 Rotaract and Interact members from District 5340 were flag carriers.

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District Governor Louise Andres visits Interactors & Rotaractors prior to their flag carrying assignment.  PDG Marge Cole, Youth Service Chair, is standing to the right of the group. 
Posted by Ron Kohl on Dec 11, 2014

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volunteers paint a building

With the financial help of a Rotary District Grant, the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club completed a project in Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, B.C. on October 18, 2014.  The recipient was Casa de Paz, a children’s home for about 50 children ages 3 to 18, of whom 7-9 suffer from various degrees of developmental handicaps. 

The project to be completed was the painting of two dormitories and an outside stage used for presentations and plays for and by the children.  Since 2012, The Club, began supporting the children at Casa de Paz at current president Ron Kohl's suggestion. It was his dream back then to make this current project into a club project. We are happy to see that this goal has been achieved.   

Posted by James Dunny on Nov 11, 2014

Rotary’s investments in polio eradication infrastructure in Nigeria has helped the government stop the Ebola outbreak there. The polio surveillance network, which is used to monitor incidence of polio, is now also being used to identify and track suspected Ebola cases. To learn how you can support the fight against Ebola:
 
Posted by James O'Meara on Dec 06, 2014

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International Assembly is returning to San Diego and the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Once again, we will be joining as Greeters for the incoming Governors Elect at the Airport and Grand Hyatt Hotel. This has been both a fun-filled day and great opportunity to greet them as they arrive from all over the world. We will be greeting the DGEs on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Posted by Louise Andres on Nov 06, 2014

ImageUnder the provisions of the Rotary International Bylaws, Section 13.020, the District Nominating Committee for District Governor has met and selected Michael Dunlap of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club, to be our District Governor for the Rotary year 2017-2018.

Under the provisions of the Rotary International Bylaws, Section 13.020.10, where there is no Challenging Candidate, the District Governor is to declare the candidate of the district nominating committee to be the Governor-Nominee Designate, who will become district governor for the term of 2017-18. There were no challenging candidates.

It is therefore our honor and pleasure to announce that Michael Dunlap of the Rotary Club of Escondido Sunrise, will serve as District Governor for the Rotary year 2017-18.
 
District Governor, 2014-2015        
Louise Andres                                
 

District Nominating Committee, 2014-2015
Carl Kruse, Chair
Posted by Louise Andres on Oct 21, 2014

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One of our own, Michelle Candland, current president of  the San Diego Rotary Club, was chosen as a "Woman of Action" for Rotary Day at the White House.  She was one of 10 women selected from across the United States for her sustained work in the community.  

As a brand new Rotarian, in 1999, she went to visit a one room center for homeless and at-risk kids, established by the San Diego County.  She thought she was volunteering to be a tutor or a mentor.  When she left the meeting, she was tasked with finding a new location for the tiny school, later to be known as Monarch School.  She located a building, which had been a cinderblock cabinet shop,  that would work. 

 

Posted by Janice Kurth on Oct 17, 2014

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Amanda Wirtz, charter president of the Rotary e-Club of United Services was recently crowned Ms. Veteran America - 2014. Amanda will be a featured speaker at the District Conference in Palm Springs.  This is her story reprinted from Rotary International.

When a serious illness stripped away many of her professional ambitions, Amanda Wirtz, a former U.S. Navy code breaker and professional violinist, turned to humanitarian service and Facebook to give her life new purpose.

Wirtz was in her twenties and pursuing a career as a fitness trainer when a sharp pain in her abdomen sent her to the emergency room. Expecting something manageable like appendicitis, she instead found herself facing a rare tumor disorder that required her to undergo 30 surgeries over the next several years.

Forced to rethink her life plans, Wirtz began focusing on how to help others, a quest that led her to Rotary.

"I met an older man with a Rotary pin," Wirtz recalls, "and I said, 'I love Rotary.' Ten years earlier as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, Rotary had helped build a hope and a future for me. Now, I found that through Rotary I could build hope and a future for others. And doing that, I found that I actually received it myself."

Posted by Louise Andres on Oct 03, 2014

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One of our own District 5340 stars has been tapped for a major job in Rotary International.  Past RI Director Ron Beaubien, of the Coronado Rotary Club, has been chosen to be the RI President's Aide, for the Rotary year 2016-2017.  John F. Germ, a member of the club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, will be the Rotary International President, and Ron and Vicky will work with John and Judy. 

This is not a single year position;  it starts now, and it will run into 2017, or perhaps longer.  In this new and challenging assignment, Ron will help the Rotary International President with planning and preparing and serving Rotary.  This is a major commitment of time for Ron and Vicky, and we congratulate Ron on his leadership and thank him for his willingness to serve Rotary.

Please congratulate Ron for this honor he has achieved.

Posted by Kim Muslusky on Aug 06, 2014

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It’s Friday morning—the first hours of the Thousand Smiles Dental/Surgical clinic. I’m already weary from the month’s advance work it takes to prepare for this quarterly event… As I walk through the crowds of families lining up to see the doctors and dentists, I silently berate myself… I don’t know why I think I have had to do this for the past 20 years; my frustrated husband gets angry with me; my children think I’m nuts; my friends tell me Mexico is too violent and dangerous….  And I’m not a medical or dental person…I am just the clinic coordinator. I jokingly refer to myself as the “janitor”.

Posted by James Dunny on Sep 18, 2014

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Today our District received word that  Passport Health, considered one of the prestigious health news organizations in the World announced that the film INVISIBLE THREAT is considered one of the Top 10 Most Influential People and Organizations in Vaccines Today.  The film is an Independent documentary, released in 2014, and made possible by a Grant from Rotary International District 5340.

The film focuses on understanding the science of vaccinations and the misperceptions that all too often lead parents to delay or decline life-saving immunizations for their children.  The independent documentary was produced by high school filmmakers, and it has earned  recognition from more than fifty organizations.  The INVISIBLE THREAT film has become so powerful that it's becoming part of the curriculum in many schools across the U.S.  Rotarians in District 5340 will have an opportunity to see this feature film at the upcoming District Conference in Palm Springs on Saturday, 25th of October 2014. 

Rotary International General Secretary, John Hewko recently wrote an article for the Union Tribune supporting INVISIBLE THREAT's message that reports the weight of medical science comes down squarely on the side of vaccines.

Watch the trailer here:  Invisible Threat Trailer

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