District Events
2014 District Conference - Palm Springs, CA Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014
San Diego Club #33 - Salute To Our Military USS Midway
Nov 06, 2014 07:00 AM - 09:00 AM
RI Zone Institute Victoria, British Columbia
Nov 13, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014
Leadership & Development Academy Braille Institute
Nov 18, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
District Foundation Seminar Nov 22, 2014 07:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Leadership & Development Academy Braille Institute
Jan 13, 2015 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
International Assembly Manchester Hyatt - Seaport Village
Jan 18, 2015 - Jan 24, 2015
Host Hospitality - International Assembly Manchester Hyatt - Seaport Village
Jan 21, 2015 03:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute & Pre PETS TBA
Jan 31, 2015 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
District Council Feb 17, 2015 05:30 PM - 08:30 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
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
RI International Convention Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jun 07, 2015 - Jun 10, 2015
District Council "Governor's Dinner" Jun 23, 2015 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
LEAD Youth Conference Cuyamaca Camp
Oct 10, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015
District News
Posted by Louise Andres on Oct 21, 2014


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


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 16, 2014


Enjoy a Weekend Getaway, with a couple of hundred friends, some that you know now, some that you will meet for the first time at the 2014 District Conference, taking place at the Desert Princess Hotel and Golf Resort on October 24-26, 2014 in Palm Springs.  And enjoy a FREE reception Friday night, with hospitality suites for all attendees.  If you would like to host a suite, contact Susan Bleicher McNeil at  for details.

District Conference Registration is still open, and 180 of these friends have already registered; we need you there too.  To register,  CLICK HERE.    And make hotel reservations by clicking RESERVE A ROOM.  You can also call 1-800-433-0431 if you’d like and use Code RTRT5340.

District Conference registration starts at $99, with full packages (including all meals and the Foundation Gala) at $199. This promises to be an amazing conference, set in an idyllic resort. Don't miss out: rooms at the Desert Princess are still available!

Posted by Scott Carr on Oct 03, 2014

Clubs interested in switching to the ClubRunner platform now have additional time to make the switch, and save along the way! Through October 31, 2014, clubs in San Diego and Imperial counties that sign up for a new ClubRunner account will have half of their $199 setup fee refunded. That's almost a $100 savings! ($99.50 to be exact) This is a special limited time offer. Certain restrictions apply, and a minimum number of new club sign-ups are required. In addition, for every club that opens a new ClubRunner account, District 5340 will provide a $100 technology grant to your club that can be used towards ClubRunner fees.

Posted by Louise Andres on Oct 03, 2014


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 James Dunny on Sep 18, 2014


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

Posted by Scott Carr on Sep 05, 2014

Wilf WilkinsonDistrict 5340 is very excited to announce that Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson will be appearing at the 2014 District Conference in Palm Springs.

PRIP Wilkinson, a native of Trenton, Ontario, Canada, was RI President in 2007-2008, and will be serving as the special representative for current RI President Gary C.K. Huang.

Posted by Kim Muslusky on Aug 06, 2014


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”.

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