Speaker Date Topic
Bill Lawrence, CEO San Diego History Center Feb 21, 2018
The Diverse Story of our Region -- Past, Present and Future
The Diverse Story of our Region -- Past, Present and Future

One of the oldest and largest historical organizations on the West Coast, the San Diego History Center is one of the only institutions dedicated to the heritage of a major American metropolitan region. The History Center was established in 1928 by noted philanthropist, businessman and civic leader George W. Marston, who built the Junípero Serra Museum to house the new institution on Presidio Hill, site of the founding of San Diego and California.  Marston gifted the Serra Museum and the adjacent land to the City of San Diego in 1929. For over sixty years, the Serra was the site of the Historical Society and Research Archives. In 1982, the Historical Society moved its collections and museum to Balboa Park, maintaining the Serra as an auxiliary museum and educational center. In 2010, San Diego History Center was formally adopted as the institution’s name.

The History Center is the steward of our heritage and the principal resource for San Diego history – collecting, preserving and displaying unparalleled collections of regional history. No other institution is solely devoted to preserving San Diego’s collective history and enhancing community identity. A unique civic resource committed to public engagement and collaboration, the History Center partners with other museums, San Diego and regional school districts, other historical organizations, media, businesses and corporations to deliver programs to the broadest audience.

The History Center presents dynamic, engaging exhibitions highlighting what makes San Diego unique and the region’s emerging role in the 21st century. We serve as a lifelong learning center for all members of our community, providing outstanding educational programs for school children and popular programs for families and adults. The Research Archives serves residents, scholars, students and researchers onsite and online. With its rich historical content, archived material and online photo gallery, our website is visited by more than 1,500 distinct visitors daily. Since 1955, in cooperation with the University of San Diego, the History Center has published the prestigious Journal of San Diego History, one of the only scholarly publications dedicated to a major American metropolitan region. Since 2013, the History Center has been a Smithsonian Affiliate.

2018 Rotary Peacemaker of the Year Award Feb 28, 2018

The Peacemaker Award is given annually to honor members of the community (Rotarians and non-Rotarians) who have made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, understanding, conflict resolution and peace, either locally or globally. The winning nominee is selected based on demonstrated commitment to the foregoing, as well as actions taken to bring about the change referred to in Rotary’s Mission Statement: to help build goodwill and peace in the world.  This honor will be bestowed at our meeting on February 28 as part of Rotary's Conflict Prevention-Resolution Month.

District 5340 Music Contest Mar 07, 2018
Music has been part of mankind since the beginning.  It is a means of communication, expression and enhancement of one's life.  Recent studies of the brain have shown that active engagement with music influences many brain activities.  The findings identified the importance of music in the development of the brain with music being described as a source of intellectual, artistic, cultural, technological and economical abilities in our young people.
The Rotary District 5340 Music Competition is for local high school-aged musicians and should not be confused with the the District MusiCamp which partners with the San Diego Youth Symphony and is for international students.  Clubs are encouraged to give their high school-aged musicians the opportunity to demonstrate their love of music by participating in this competition, possibly winning the grand prize of a $2500 scholarship.  This Youth Service program, similar to the 4-Way Test Speech Contest, has been enthusiastically received by the community and Rotarians for several years.  
President Bobbi Spinner-Flack Mar 14, 2018
Club Assembly
Four-Way Test Speech Contest Apr 11, 2018