District Events
District Event: Membership Seminar Crown Plaza Resort Hotel
Jul 26, 2014 08:00 AM - 12:30 PM
District Council Reception and Youth Symphony California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Jul 26, 2014 05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
SDYS Reception ONLY Escondido Center for the Performing Arts
Jul 26, 2014 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
District Interact Training Session Braille Institute
Sep 06, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Leadership & Development Academy Braille Institute
Sep 09, 2014 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Peace Leadership Seminar Ronald McDonald House
Sep 20, 2014 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
LEAD Youth Conference Oct 11, 2014 09:00 AM - Oct 12, 2014 03:00 PM
District Conference - 2014 Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort
Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014
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 UCSD
Nov 22, 2014 08:00 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
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
District 5340 Peace Forum Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego
Feb 21, 2015 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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
District News
Posted by Louise Andres on Jul 06, 2014

Now in its tenth year, this multi-national orchestra is a special partnership program between the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory and Rotary District 5340 International Youth Exchange. The unique three week summer program brings together gifted conservatory musicians from around the world, exceptional SDYS musicians and Music Director Jeff Edmons for an intensive and top quality orchestral and chamber music experience.


Rotary District 5340 invites you to a delightful performance by the International Youth Symphony and private pre-concert reception on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Center Theater, California Center for the Arts in Escondido. This is the only IYS concert where these exceptionally talented student musicians will perform works by celebrated composers in a concert hall venue. The Youth Symphony's repertoire will include Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, De Falla's Ritual Fire Dance and a major symphonic work.

This invitation-only combined ticket includes both admission to the concert and entry into the private reception for $40 per person. Purchase your ticket below or call 619.233.3232 x115.

Use this link to purchase tickets:   Rotary IYS Concert TIckets

Posted by Louise Andres on Jul 06, 2014

l to r: PDG Sandi Rimer and TRF Trustee Steve Brown

Past District Governor Sandi Rimer was awarded The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award at the Governor's Dinner on June 24, 2014. This award is given each year to 50 or fewer recipients out of 1.2 million Rotarians around the world.

Sandi has been involved with International Service for many years.  She led a GSE team to Ecuador, was GSE chair for the district, led a water grant for Ecuador. She also did a village banking project, worked to make multiple grants focused on AIDS orphans in South Africa that culminated in water projects, food projects and agricultural projects totaling $350,000 dollars in one year. Her steady involvement in all aspects of the Foundation over multiple years. Her passion for the children of Africa, and the lives that she changed for the better have made her the perfect recipient for this award.   

Well done, Sandi!

Posted by James Dunny on Jul 03, 2014

l to r: Mr. Makato Ihara, DGE Janice Kurth, Matt Kurth

In April ofthis year a vocational training team (VTT) from Rotary District 2770 in Japan was here in San Diego to study how  health care is delivered to the elderly, with emphasis on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Janice Kurth, District 5340 VTT chair set up important meetings with health care providers and researchers for this training team.

In recognition for her efforts, Dr. Kurth and her husband Matt were the special guests at the District 2770 Governor’s Dinner in Sydney, Australia.  This dinner was held the evening before the Rotary International Convention began in Sydney.  

DGE Janice was asked to address this meeting. Of course, her remarks had to be translated by Mr. Makato Ihara, the District 2770 VTT leader and DGE 2015-16 for District 2770. 

Good food and Australian wine helped mark a special evening of international fellowship. Janice said: " At the end of the evening, all in attendance made a circle and held hands and sang a Japanese Rotary song – the only work I knew was “Rotary”.

Posted by Matteo Risi on Jun 19, 2014

(L-R) Darlene Bates, Bob Self, Larry Edwards, Bill Turnquist, Old Mission Rotary President Steve Nuñez, Michael New (CEO of  K-9 Friendly Visitors) and Art Pratt Foundation President Stan Vogelsang.  Amos the collie looks on approvingly.

We have all heard of seeing eye dogs but what if a person needs a pair of ears?

On June 17, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $2000 to K-9 Friendly Visitors. This non profit provides service dogs to the deaf, hard of hearing, disabled and to people with special needs. 

The Art Pratt Grant focuses on dogs that serve as ears for deaf masters. The dogs alert their masters when the door bell rings, an alarm clock goes off, the telephone rings and even when the tea kettle whistles! Collies are used exclusively for the program because of their natural ability to herd people away from danger.

Posted by Scott Carr on May 02, 2014

In partnership with Rotary International, Rotary District 5340 will be launching a major literacy PR campaign beginning May 6, 2014. The campaign will include advertising at San Diego International Airport, banners atop dozens of taxis, and online media. 

Become a part of the campaign! Take a picture of yourself either reading to kids or posing next to one of these ads, and email it to You can also post to Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to use the special #rotaryreads tag when you do. Submit your photos by May 15, 2014!

Posted by Marjorie Cole on Apr 17, 2014


Under the leadership of District Interact Chair, Marty Rosenstein (La Jolla Golden Triangle RC), the Interact Clubs in the District have formed  an Interact District Council. This is the format called for by Rotary International. Their first meeting was at UCSD in February. At that meeting  they held  a Strategic Planning session to help them form their first District Council government. They elected officers for this year.  In March, the Interact Advisors met in the morning at the District Training Assembly. Interactors joined the advisors in the afternoon to plan their event calendar.


Posted by Matteo Risi on Apr 10, 2014

(L-R) Bill Turnquist, Art Pratt Foundation president Stan Vogelsang, Workshop for Warriors Founder and Chairman Hernán Luis y Prado, Old Mission Rotary President Steve Nuñez and Workshop for Warriors graduate and young Marine Mike Casey.

Old Mission Rotary was so impressed and inspired by a club program by Workshops for Warriors that the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary went into overdrive to research and approve a $25,000 grant. The photo above shows the check presentation ceremony on January 28, 2014. the

The money was necessary to trigger matching funds from  Reliance Steel and a local shipyard for a ventilation system that will allow Workshops for Warriors to triple their class size from six to eighteen students. Workshops for Warriors assists the transition of veterans and injured veterans into civilian life through mentoring, training, and education.

Posted by James Dunny on Apr 02, 2014

 l to r: E. Maruyama, M. Hayafune, M. Takahashi, Dr. Y. Fumimura, T. Uchida and K. Anegawa

On March 30, 2014, a Vocational Training Team (VTT) arrived from District 2770 (japan)  This is a health care team that is here to study how health care and supportive care is provided to the elderly in San Diego. Like San Diego, Japan has a large component of elderly that need medical and other services.

The six members of the team are pictured above.  5 are healthcare workders (including 1 physician) and a Rotarian team leader.Emiko Maruyama - a care manager,  Megumi Takahashi - a medical radiographer, and Ken Anegawa - a care worker are here to study dementia care in San Diego.  Toru Uchida - a care manager wants to learn about medical service and welfare in San Diego.  Dr. Yuichi Fumimura - a physician,a is here to learn about medical care in San Diego.  The team leader is Rotarian Masafumi Hayafune, who works in real estate management. 

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District 5340 Office
2247 San Diego Avenue,
Suite 236
San Diego, CA 92110
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Phone: 619-299-5341
Fax: 619-299-3826

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