Letter from a Youth Leader- "My Heart Is Full"
Youth Leader Michelle Schwabe, Rotary Club of Simi Sunset
Last year was my 1st attending RYLA #5240 as a Rotarian Counselor.  I had signed up to be a counselor with YES - Youth Empowerment Summit in Simi Valley and it changed everything! We invited 60 At-Risk Youth to be apart of what is a Mini-RYLA and it's simply Life Changing. I will be the Chair for this event this coming Rotary Year, November 18th 2017! 
I had been challenged by my president to get involved with what my heart seemed to be passionate about... Namely Youth Service! I have a 17 year old daughter and the idea of hanging out with more teenagers was the farthest place I thought I'd find myself.   Rotary has simply changed my life.  For the sake of staying focused on our kids, I will refrain from the details of how they have changed my life forever but it is quite a story!
I decided to show up at Santa Susana High School Interact on a Tuesday afternoon following The Bakersfield District Conference in Jim Bell's year as DG. There were about 10 teenagers and it was in desperate need of a little direction and help.
Flash Forward - 2 years. I just returned home from RYLA - 2nd Year and Lifelong Counselor at RYLA. These kids have changed my life more than I think I have changed their lives.  
Our little Interact Club has grown from 10 to 63 strong! Why? How? When? My heart truly see(s) the future in these kids. They will disappoint you and not follow through on many occasions but as Rotarians, We need to be consistent and live by the 4-Way Test. Interactors see integrity and character and respond accordingingly.
I'm pleased to announce that I'm finally being offered the Board Position in my club this coming Rotary Year as Youth Service Director as well as, Region 2 Youth Service Advisor.My heart is full!
Many Thanks to Rotary for changing my life forever! 
Michelle Schwabe 
(805) 422-2421 Cell# 
Public Image Spotlight
How to Attract More Members
When a Member, Visitor, or Press Journalist comes to your Club's website do they see a vibrant, active, happy, and productive club?
Is your branding updated so the Rotary logo is visible? Is the Annual Presidential Theme updated? Are some of your latest projects and activities featured?
As a Club Member we are so involved with "doing" that sometimes the "promoting" gets left to the wayside.
Here are a few links to help update your site:
To access go to www.rotary.org, then type "Brand Center" into the search field in the top right corner of the main site page.
You will need to login to use the tools and templates and they really are quite useful.
Here you will also find the Presidential Theme.
Here is an example of the Club Logo Template.
You have a few options of how to create and save the image.
Here are a couple of examples of how clubs have used the new Rotary logo.
Here is the Presidential Theme for 2016-2017-
RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17.
If you need help please email Becky Savell, District 5240 Communications Chair at  website@district5240.org
Welcome to Rotary District 5240 serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
and Kern counties in California.
We are 3500 professional, business and civic leaders who meet regularly to get to know each other, form friendships and exchange ideas that enable us to make a difference in our local community and in communities around the globe.
We invest our time, talent and treasure performing projects that improve our communities, supporting the many non-profit organizations that serve our communities, and providing leadership and scholarship opportunities to our youth.
We reach out to communities around the world to form partnerships that change lives.
As the 2016-2017 Rotary Year Ends
I want to thank every Rotarian in District 5240 for the good you have done in the world.  Together, we have fought disease, provided clean water, saved mothers and children, supported education, grown local economies and promoted peace. We have looked for projects in our local communities that need to be done and we have done them. We have reached out to our youth, supported our seniors, assisted those in need. We have touched the lives of thousands of people – many of whom we will never know. In doing so, we have helped to create a more peaceful world.
On a personal note, this year has been an incredible journey. I have had the opportunity to meet many of you and to hear about what you and the members of your club do every day to make our world a better place to live. Your commitment to serving humanity  has been an inspiration to me and a reminder every day of the difference that Rotarians make wherever they are.

District Awards- Individuals

John Padilla Humanitarian Service Award – Kendra Kimlinger, Arroyo Grande

Heather Frankle Dreamcatcher Award – Ron Block, Newbury Park

Heather Frankle Dreamcatcher Award – Richard Cayla Rowe

District Governor Award for Meritorious Service – Becky Savell, Simi Valley

District Governor Award for Meritorious Service – Deb Holler, Simi Valley

District Governor Award for Meritorious Service – Jim Eaton, Central Coast Passport – 5240

District Governor Award for Meritorious Service – Lyle Pennington, Moorpark

Robert “Jock” McKenzie Leadership in Education Award – Marta Brown, Oxnard

Samuel L. Greene Service Above Self Award – Scott Farrenkopf, Moorpark

Rotarian of the Year – Marilyn Lippiatt, Westlake Village Sunrise


District Governor Nick Frankle's
Step-Down Event and Awards Luncheon
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:30AM- 1:30PM
Password: RichPics
Paul Harris Fellow Awards and
Giving to the Rotary Foundation Changes Lives
Santa Barbara Sunrise Rotary- Teacher of the Year Award

“La Cuesta is a special community that provides students with a second chance. I am so fortunate to be on a team of educators that is united in our goal to support our students and families.”
—Mike Mowers, Physical Science/Art Teacher, La Cuesta Continuation High School
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise honored La Cuesta Continuation High School teacher Mike Mowers with the La Cuesta Teacher of the Year award. The award recognizes exemplary teachers who contribute to quality education and inspire students from all backgrounds and abilities.
“Mike Mowers brightens any room and situation with his positivity, energy and sense of humor. He is an expert Physics and Art teacher. He brings enthusiasm and engagement to every lesson and activity,” says Elise Simmons, Principal, La Cuesta Continuation High School.
“Mike is a huge advocate for all of his students,” Simmons continued.
Following the presentation of the award, Mowers, who teaches physical science and art at La Cuesta Continuation High School, said “Any one of our staff could be Teacher of the Year or Para-educator of the Year or support staff of the year due to their love of our students and desire for them to achieve their goals,” he said of the Teacher of the Year honor. “There is not a day that goes by that I do not ask my colleagues for advice on a lesson or how to best deal with a student having an issue. La Cuesta really is a family.”
Mowers graduated from Santa Barbara City College with an Associate Degree in Marine Tech and earned his B.A. in Geography from California State University Long Beach followed by a single subject credential from Chapman University.
Global Grant- Rotary Clubs of Santa Barbara North and Machakos Syokimau
The objective is to drill a water well in a rural area of Kenya near the town of Machakos where the local people have come together and raised funds to build a high school.  Due to the high drop out rate of the high-school-aged children in the area, the families took on the job of building the school from donations.  It has been recognized by the Kenyan government as a registered high school.  The locals would like to make it into a boarding school because of the distance the students need to walk to get to school, and due to the danger of walking in the early mornings and late afternoons, especially for the female students.  Walking long distances is necessary because the school does not have its own water source.
Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Architecture Competition
Camarillo Rotary Scholarships
The winners of the essay contest this year are:
1st place (on photo R) - Lauren Boswell, 2nd place (in Middle)  - Rain Galano, 3rd place (on photo L) - Melanie Badalian

On May 24, the Rotary Club of Camarillo awarded college scholarships to eight deserving students.  Applications were invited from all high schools in the Camarillo area.  We are happy to announce that:
Rotary Club of Oxnard selected as “Service Organization of the Year” 
by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
Kendall A. VanConas, President of the Rotary Club of Oxnard, is pleased to share that the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce has selected the Rotary club as the “Service Organization of the Year” by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. The club is proud of its commitment to community service, which includes scholarship awards to high school seniors, regularly recognizing the commitment of local teachers, and support of the Nyeland Acres Community Center, which houses a Boys & Girls Club for the children of Nyeland Acres.

Rotary Clubs Throughout Ventura Join Forces for Rotarians at Work Day

The Rotary Clubs of Ventura, Ventura East, and Ventura South partnered together for a Rotarians at Work Day project.  The three clubs have each committed a significant contribution to the completion of the Ventura Botanical Gardens and on April 28, more than 50 Rotarians from throughout Ventura gathered together on the iconic hillside to give the Botanical Gardens a facelift – pulling weeds, cleaning trash, planting new seeds, and preparing a special are for a soon-to-be Rotary Gazebo.


Strategic Planning Committee is Alive and Well in Ventura

For the first time ever, Ventura Rotary has a Strategic Planning Committee thanks to the directive of Rotary International.  President-Elect Ellyn Dembowski was inspired by the challenge from RI and set out to create a Strategic Plan for the Club.  She amassed a strong group of active Rotarians (the majority of which are new members to the club) and followed the action items suggested by RI.  The first task for the committee was to engage in a member survey. 

Santa Barbara Sunrise Rotary Supports Bright Smiles for the 6th Consecutive Year 

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise partnered with the Eastside Family Dental Clinic (operated by the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics) to sponsor Free Dental Day, free oral health treatment services for individuals who cannot afford to pay for major dental work. The event has been sponsored by Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise since 2012 and has provided dental procedures for hundreds of Santa Barbara residents.

Past District Governor Wade Nomura- The Passing of First Lady Roxanne Nomura
May 9, 2017

It is with much sadness that I share the news that Roxanne Nomura, wife of PDG Wade Nomura, a Charter Member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning, and a good friend to everyone in District 5240, left us on May 9th.

A Memorial Service for Roxanne is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at the Boys and Girls Club in Carpinteria beginning at 11:00 AM.   Additional information will be posted on the District website as it becomes available.

Cards  and expressions of sympathy can be sent to 5410 Hales Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013.

Donations can be made to The Carpinteria Morning Rotary Foundation for the Roxanne Nomura Scholarship Fund, or the Carpinteria Morning Rotary Foundation for the Tomol Interpretive Play Area.
 at the following address:

Morning Rotary of Carpinteria Charitable Foundation Inc.
P.O. Box 703
Carpinteria , CA 93014

Please keep the Nomura family in your thoughts and prayers.

Yours In Rotary Service,


Message from Wade Nomura on Facebook:

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for Roxanne. She gave it a Great Fight but just couldn't beat the odds and passed on to her next life today. Thank you for being a major part of my life. I'll miss you, but you will always be a huge part of my life.
June 2017
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