Rotary International Conference


Registration Fee Increase 12/15/2016

Important Registration Dates:

15 December 2016: Last day for early-registration discount ($340 Rotarians/$70 Rotaractors)
31 March 2017: Last day for preregistration discount ($415 Rotarians/$100 Rotaractors)
14 June 2017: Last day for online registration ($490 Rotarians/$130 Rotaractors)

More important than the date when the next registration price increase will occur (December 15). More important than what fantastic events you need to make reservations for (Atlanta Braves Game? The Coca Cola Experience? Private Screening of Gone With the Wind in the City it was based upon?). Of MOST IMPORTANCE - right this moment -  is to hurry to, and secure your accommodations! Over 20 hotels have now been winnowed down to just 10 – with fabulous pricing secured by our Rotary Hosts. Don’t walk, RUN! Your hotels are disappearing quickly and we want you to join your fellow District 5240 Rotarians for the biggest party of the year and the crown jewel of the Foundation Centennial Celebration when we go “On to Atlanta!” Contact : Ashlea Boyer, On To Atlanta Chair, 805.709.0711

Public Image Spotlight
Public Image Spotlight
Featuring The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club
5 Ways To Improve Your Event Marketing
The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club recently completed a very successful Moorpark Beer Festival. 
The event had a sellout crowd of 1,200 people in downtown Moorpark and raised over $20,000 for local charities — not bad for a club of only 20 members!
Here are a few tips and tricks to make your next Rotary Club Event as successful as possible.
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.
Rotary has Designated December as Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
As you know, Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio. Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
Now, as we are in the end game, we need your help.  Make a donation to Polio Plus. Your gift to the PolioPlus Fund is eligible for Paul Harris Society recognition. Maximize support for polio eradication within your club and your community by organizing a fundraiser. Follow the status of the polio eradication efforts at the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  Educate your community on Rotary’s leadership role in the eradication of this dreaded disease. 
We are truly this close.
In 2017 all of Rotary will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Rotary Foundation.  Can you do this in your own clubs?  Of course.  But why not actually BE there in Atlanta with all the other Rotarians from the world over where the foundation was established in 1917?   In  the last 100 years Rotary has become a powerful moving force for giving the help that makes lives around the world more tolerable and provides hope for something better.  It is a reason for all of us to gather at the convention to share with each other the reason for being Rotarians. 
Register before December 15, 2016 and you will pay $75.00 less than you will on December 16th.  Atlanta is one of the premier cities of the South and will serve as the stepping off place to the wonders of DC and the beauty and intrigue of the East Coast where our country was founded.  Do a Google search and discover the foundations of the United States from Georgia to New England.  May through June is a great time to travel with perfect weather and no hurricanes!
The Rotary Foundation's 100th birthday party is open to all of us and will be held June 14th. Do you have a copy of "Doing Good in the World", the story of the Foundation's first 100 years?  Or plan to buy one in the House of Friendship?  The author, David Forward, will hold a book signing at the convention. As for how the Foundation became a global leader in humanitarian service, the Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit at the House of Friendship will tell the story.
This is an opportunity that will come only once in our lifetimes.  Join those of us who will be there in Atlanta and make your reservation now.
Contact: Ashlea Boyer
What Does Rotary’s Monthly Themes Do for Your Club?
December’s Rotary theme is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. One of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. So how is that important to me and my Rotary Club, when I’m so busy doing all the things associated with the holiday season this time of year? As the District Club Service Chair it is my job to help build strong Rotary clubs in Rotary District 5240. But to do that we need to have well educated members who are proud to be in Rotary and willing to share their pride.
Wear your Rotary pins as we are meeting with family, friends and co-workers.  We are busy out shopping and attending holiday parties and exchanging ideas. Use the opportunity to promote Rotary and The Rotary Foundation. In spite of all the negative news we are bombarded with every day, Rotary is doing something right.  Use this month’s theme and start a positive conversation. Standup and be recognized as a Rotarian, talk about what your club is doing locally first.  But also talk about that project your Rotary club is doing, providing cataract surgery to a nearly sightless villager in Mexico, clean water to a town in South America or maybe a NID you were on.  If you need some ideas use this link.   


STEPS 2017 is Coming!

 January 28, 2017 at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks
For more information and registration, see
This year STEPS will highlight Human Trafficking, an issue affecting people in poverty here and around the world.  Keynote speakers are Opal Singleton, author of Seduced, The Grooming of America’s Teenagers, and Dr. M.D. Kinoti, a professor at Regis University who grew up on a tea farm in Kenya.  Opal has trained thousands of government officials and school administrators about Human Trafficking.  Dr. Kinoti is active in international community development, working with Farm Concern to address poverty in Africa.  These presentations will inspire and help you understand how to protect youth and break the cycle of poverty.
Breakout sessions are designed to empower youth and increase understanding of the issues of poverty and how to develop sustainable humanitarian projects.  STEPS will also include exhibits by non-profit organizations and Rotary clubs, and a Speed Project Fair, a fast paced exchange of project ideas.
STEPS 2017 will deliver the inspiration, connections and information to help you make a difference in communities here and around the world!  STEPS is free to D5240 Rotarians.  For more information and registration, see
Global Grant for Funding Early
Childhood Education in Sri Lanka
In 2015-16, 10 clubs in district 5240 helped fund a project that supported early childhood education by improving preschool teacher's training in rural Sri Lanka. That grant is now helping 375 preschool teachers (who are currently in training) to get their diploma.  This will benefit 7,500 children annually! However, there are still 15,000 preschool teachers that need a diploma.
The Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime has now submitted a follow up grant because of the success with the previous one.
We need commitment from clubs in District 5240 to reach a minimum of $10,000 in cash.
Announcing the 2nd Annual Cartagena- Colombia Projects Fair
February 3, 4, 5, 2017 in Colombia
The projects fair is organized by Rotary Districts 4271 and 4281 and will take place in Colombia. Rotarians are encouraged to attend and explore various projects planned by clubs in Colombia. The fair provides an opportunity to participate with clubs in Colombia for a Global Grant.
Please contact:
Conejo Valley Rotary Club
Past-President 2006-07,2010-11
International Chair 2015-16-2016-17
(805) 402-2370
Peace is the Next Frontier for Rotary International
Last year, under the leadership of IPDG Jim Bell, District 5240 was designated a Peacebuilder District.  
Our district peace chair, Catherine Bonifant (email:, is developing programs that will help your club learn more about peace programs in our district and around the world and help your club become a Peacebuilder Club.

Rotarian Tom Schneider, Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Midday,  attended our district conference and brought a gift for each club in our district.  We provided assistance to Tom and his club in translating the video "Peace Is" into Spanish. 
In return, he has provided a USB flash drive with the video in English and other peace information for each club.  
Nancy Falconer is mailing the flash drive to each of you. Look for it in the next several days.
You can follow our peace programs on the District 5240 Web Site at and in future issues of the District Foundation Newsletter. 
If  you have an interest in the pursuit of peace, please reach out to Peace Chair Catherine and offer her your ideas, your assistance and your dreams.

Together, we can make peace happen.
Yours in Rotary Service, 
Nick Frankle
District Governor, Rotary Year 2016-17

The Rotary Foundation by Brenda Cressey, Trustee-Elect 2017-2021
The Rotary Foundation, with all its hopes and dreams, is because of each one of you.  The Foundation was the very reason why I joined and now remain a Rotarian.  In fact, the Foundation and its mission to eradicate Polio is the very reason why I joined Rotary 28 years ago.  
Today, I am extremely humbled by my appointment to serve a four-year term on the Board of Trustees of The Rotary Foundation from 2017-2021. There are 15 members, each nominated by the president-elect and then elected by the board in the year prior to talking office.  Four of the trustees are past presidents of RI.
As I travel around this big world of Rotary I’ve been privileged to meet people who I feel are true humanitarians, people who are “Doing Good in the World”. 
Savi Bihm Selected as District Governor Elect Nominee 2019-20
I am pleased to announce that Savi Bhim from the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise has been selected to serve as District 5240 Governor for Rotary Year 2019-20.
Savi joined the Rotary Club of  Simi Sunrise in 2005. She has served her club in various areas including traveling to South Africa and South America to do International projects. In 2013-14 she served as president and because of the inspired actions of the 126 members, Simi Sunrise was recognized as the Best Overall Club in the district.
Savi has served District 5240 in many capacities including Membership Advisor for Region 2 and  Group 5 Assistant Governor. She is currently serving as the District's Chief Operating Officer.  After attending PRLS, she was touched by the dedication and expertise of the instructors and became a district and PETS trainer. She has chaired and collaboratively planned many district events including District Conferences, seminars, retreats and the District Training Assembly. In addition, she has spoken at and emceed numerous Rotary events.
Zone 26 Public Image Resources
Hello from Zone 26!
We have had a busy year, crafting and rolling out tools and resources for you to use to improve your club's public message!
The following 'how-to' articles and videos will show you an easy step by step process for accomplishing many of your goals.
You will be able to understand and package your entries for the Presidential Citation. You will be able to navigate and locate useful tools in Rotary Club Central.
And you can begin promoting your club website, as well as enter your Foundation Reporting -- just to name a few!
When you go to the website choose 'News & Resources'. This area will provide you with many videos and how-to articles to help you.
In the right-hand navigation you can subscribe to receive each new article directly to your email inbox when it is published.
Some highlights from News & Resources: Click on the links below for videos and info
Michael Boyer
Zone 26 Rotary Public Image Coordinator
Mobile: (805) 471-7954
 The Rotary Club of Los Osos, Cayucos, and Morro Bay PADDLE TO END POLIO- Past Event October 23, 2016
The weather was splendid in Morro Bay as the SURVIVEOars, a breast cancer support network, welcomed the Rotarians from six local clubs
onto their two Dragon boats for a PADDLE TO END POLIO. Each paddler pledged to raise $100 and awareness prior to World Polio Day.
  We were honored  to have polio survivor Julie Jenkins and Past District Governor Loretta Butts as well as three club Presidents, energetic Rotarians and guests to learn the art of paddling the Dragon boats.
Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort Information
Special Message from District Governor, District 7020, Haresh L. Ramchandani
Friends, I know we have all been watching, and in some cases, been directly affected as Hurricane Matthew has made a devastating impact across Rotary District 7020. We are grateful that most of us were spared, however as we know South Western Haiti and the Bahamas took direct hits.
December 2016
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Rotary District 5240 Office
3394 Bryan Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Telephone: 805-578-1061 Fax: 805-578-1081
Administrative Assistant: Nancy Falconer