Rotary International Conference


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)

Public Image Spotlight
Public Image Spotlight
How Creating Facebook Events Can Help Promote Club Programs
Featuring the Pismo Beach Five Cities Club
The Pismo Beach Five Cities Rotary Club takes Social Media pretty seriously.  We have taken the time to teach some of the older members who did not have Facebook how to use it and communicate through this process.  I have taught a class and offered one on one with the members who needed a little more time.  Doing this has made it easier to keep everyone up to date on what the talk will be each week at our meetings.  I create an event for each week on who will be presenting.  This increases member interest and interaction as well as visitors to our meetings.  I usually pick a good cover photo as well as additional photos to add to the page, with info on the talk and if it is an individual or a group with a bio I can use, I will add it to the event for more information.  
Here are a few examples:
Submitted and written by Shannon Bowdey
Club Highlights
Club Highlights

Simi Valley Sunrise Club Honors Officer Tom Carney with a Paul Harris Fellow

In Appreciation for His Work Within Simi Valley

Featuring the Simi Sunrise Rotary Club

Simi Valley, CA -- Simi Valley Police Officer Tom Carney was recognized recently as a Paul Harris Fellow in special appreciation for the ways in which his life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is one of the largest and most important programs of Rotary. Without the Foundation, Rotary could not continue its many humanitarian programs and its efforts to promote world understanding and peace.

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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.

In Celebration of Education and Literacy Month 
As children start back to school, we celebrate Education and Literacy Month in September.  District 5240 is a leader in supporting education and literacy programs in our local communities and communities around the world.  In the Rotary Year just completed, our district gave more than $100,000 in scholarships to enable people to attend four year colleges, community colleges and vocational training programs.  Clubs have adopted schools and provide time, talent and treasure to enhance the educational opportunities provided to the students.  We mentor students young and old in reading skills.  We read aloud to the young children in our community to increase their love of reading.  In fact, one of my favorite speaker gifts has been the opportunity to inscribe “best wishes for good reading” in books that will be donated to a school library. 
The District Conference will be held October 14-16, 2016 at the Hyatt in beautiful Westlake Village, CA.


I have been overwhelmed by the response to the $26.50 challenge from Rotary clubs throughout District 5240. Once again, you – the Rotarians in our district – are showing that you are leaders and innovators who are enabling our Rotary Foundation to do good in the world for the next hundred years. Several clubs have already met the challenge. I look forward to recognizing those clubs and the many that will join them in the next several weeks for this remarkable accomplishment.
Click on the Flyer to download and distribute to your club!
MPRLS Weekend: October 7-9, 2016
You may take one Master PRLS (MPRLS) class or all five in one weekend!
Class cost is $60 each or $250 for the weekend - a savings of $50
[Recommend previous completion of Introduction to Rotary]
Register at by: Monday, October 1, 2016

3:00 – 7:00 PM Leadership
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
8:00 – Noon Facilitation Skills
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Projects and Grants
8:00 – Noon Communications
All participants will be provided a PRLS binder and thumb drive

The Rotary Club of Ventura Color Run 2016
Hi Fellow Rotarian,
I am with Rotary Club of Ventura- Downtown and would like to share with the district and event we are helping with here in town.
The link to the event is:
This year's Color Run event is approaching and I am looking for some volunteers to help out again.  The event will be held Oct 15th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  I need volunteers the day of the event as well as packet pick-up day Oct 14th.  If you have connections to other groups (high schools, cheers group, running clubs, books name it) we can always use an extra body along the course or during setup/breakdown.  We earn money for EVERY bring a friend or bring 100 friends to spend the day in Ventura and experience another great Ventura event.

Click here to sign up and volunteer:
Prefer to be a participant...signup using code COLORJGMR and save $5...use the code and our CLUB gets a few of those dollars.  SHARE THE CODE!!
Please feel free to give me a call or send me an email with any questions you may have.  Believe we may need some special Ventura Rotary Shirts for this one!!

Marty Armstrong

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month
Bakersfield East Gives Backpacks to the Community Youth
For over 15 years, Bakersfield East Rotary Club has partnered with other nonprofit community organizations to provide support to children who are homeless, foster or low income youth. Our first effort was to provide 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to The Bakersfield Homeless Center for their student residents. As the years have gone by we have continued to expand this program to include not only the Homeless Center but also C.A.S.A of Kern County, The Boys and Girls Club, The Forgotten Initiative, Rotaract and Interact projects along with three elementary schools.  This year Bakersfield East Rotary Club will donate 1,000 backpacks adding to the thousands donated over those many years. Partnering with other nonprofits to fill the backpacks allows for community awareness of Rotary though our local media and the other company’s volunteers. Our member’s children love this event returning year after year to hand out backpacks and put a smile on those less fortunate faces.
Ojai Rotary Readers Program
Over the last several years, the Rotary Club of Ojai has provided volunteers who devote 1 to 4 hours per week helping students in Ojai Unified School District elementary schools learn to be better readers.
The program works like this:  Ten volunteers devote a minimum of one hour once a week to a specific classroom.  The teachers identify those students who are struggling to master reading and the volunteer gives undivided attention to those students, helping with reading comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation etc.  Typically, a volunteer will work one-on-one, or with a small handful of students, under the supervision of a professional teacher. The goal is to get students to become life-long readers and is in place at all four OUSD Elementary schools.
According to the volunteers, the hours devoted to helping students read and read better are enormously gratifying. As one volunteer remarked “…it is really wonderful when a mom stops me in Vons and tells me how much her child is enjoying reading”.
Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave and who taught himself to read, said, “…once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”  If you are interested in learning more on this program, please call Randy Roth, Rotary Club of Ojai at 805 798 3925 or email
Rotary Club of Simi Sunset 
“Shoes for Little Souls”

Every year, we provide a shopping spree for underprivileged children at Kohl’s Department Store in Simi Valley. The children are selected by the local Samaritan Center. This year we helped 18 children shop for new clothes and school supplies. CLICK HERE for full presentation

Downtown Ventura Rotary Club donates to Guatemala Medical Clinic

Club maintains connections with Rainforest Clinic


Ventura, CA - The Downtown Rotary Club led by President Betsy Chess, announced the second year of continued support of the remote medical clinic in central Guatemala.  The club’s International Services team is being supported this year by assistant director Marty Armstrong and member Joe Schaaf.  They will be transporting club donated medical supplies and equipment to a medical clinic in the small rural town of Santo Tomas la Union, Suchitepequez, Guatemala located 3.5 hours west of Guatemala City.  The team will be heading to the clinic Sept 23rd-26th and look forward to sharing with our fellow Rotarians the journal of our travels and how Ventura Rotarians are making a difference in rural Central America.


The clinic is run by an American physician, Zachary Self, MD, who completed his medical school at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN and his residency training at the Ventura Family Medicine Residency in Ventura, CA.  The clinic’s doors opened in 2015 and begin providing a preferential option of accessible high quality modern healthcare to the region.  


Grant for Underprivileged Youth in Jaguariuna, Brazil
The Matching Grant done in Rotary year 2012-13 where the Rotary Club of Moorpark was the International Partner and when Scott Farrenkopf was President to setup a career center for under privileged youth in Jaguariuna, Brazil has progressed beyond what any of us would have imagined. This career center has turned into a Rotary sponsored private high tech. cooperative high school paired with local businesses. The students go half a day to school and half a day to work (and get paid which means a great deal to the families).
The Rotary Club of Jaguariuna covered the equipment with our help via the MG, their Foundation covers the building, and the local business partners they lined up cover the teacher's salaries. This school is top notch and is considered much better than the public school for both teachers (who are paid better) and computers (which we helped supply).
Want to Share your Rotary Events and Projects on TV?
Showcase them on “Rotary Serving Our Community”, a weekly TV show that airs on public access
in Santa Barbara and is also available
online 24/7 at www.WeAreRotary.TV
for everyone to see.
Contact Wade Nomura at: Wade@WeAreRotary.TV

Rotary clubs assemble backpacks
for Conejo Valley students
Great story in the Ventura County Star about four Conejo valley Rotary Clubs working together to help students go back to school prepared.
Rotary clubs including Westlake Village, Westlake Sunrise, Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley gathered recently to fill backpacks with school supplies for students.
Click Here for the story and video-

Letter from Gil Igleheart, District Assistant Governor, Group 11 West
We now have Vandenberg AFB helping with our efforts! Major Steve Edstrom and his assistants will be promoting and helping with the awareness of the effects that dogs have on our Veterans with PTSD. We all want to help stop the 22 or greater number of Veterans that are committing suicide daily...This will be of great help to  the Santa Barbara Rotary clubs. for the Veterans in Santa Barbara County.
We are very happy to announce another great supporter... Applebee's International! On Wednesday August 31, the two restaurants in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo will donate 15% of all meals (5-8PM) back to PFAC. Please support this great relationship that we have with them and our Veterans.
Our District has 'passed the hat' many times in support of providing relief during disasters around our globe.  This time, the need is in our own back yard.  I ask that you please consider 'passing the hat' at your next couple of Club Meetings, or making a contribution on your own in support of the needs that have came from the disaster effects of the 'Erskine Fire' still raging in eastern Kern County.
One of our District 5240 Clubs, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley, has set up a relief fund for this purpose.  You may want to send contributions directly to them, or another Rotary Club or Disaster Service group that are involved with relief efforts in the area.  
September 2016
District Conference
The District Conference will be held October 14-16, 2016 at the Hyatt in beautiful Westlake Village, CA.
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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