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.
Join in the Celebration of "If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!"
District Governor Nick Frankle's
Step-Down Event and Awards Luncheon
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:30AM- 1:30PM
Los Robles Greens Golf Course
299 S Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
District Governor Nick Frankle invites you to join in the celebration of a great year in Rotary for his
Step-Down and Awards luncheon.  
Clubs and individuals will be recognized for their accomplishments and hard work. 
District Governor Nick will pass the Gavel to District Governor Elect John Weiss. 
Come enjoy a Deli buffet, maybe a little bubbly, and a great fellowship of friends.
$35 Per Person


Last chance to register is June 16th

Registration information: Deborah Linden, deljwt@comcast.net (805) 598-5349

Event information: Carol Freeman, carolbfreeman@roadrunner.com (805) 990-4750

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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.
Nancy Louise Falconer, District 5240 Secretary
4/19/1939 – 4/20/2017

A longtime Simi Valley resident, Nancy passed away after a brief illness.
Nancy was born in Los Angeles Ca.  She was always an excellent student, and received the highest marks in all her subjects. After graduating from Van Nuys High School in 1960, she headed straight to The University of Arizona to pursue her dream, which was to coach athletics. While at U of A, Nancy studied hard and excelled in several sports. Sadly, a knee injury sidelined her career. Nancy returned to Los Angeles and went to work in banking. She began her lifelong career at Security First National Bank, which later became Security Pacific Bank.
Cards can be sent to Robert Falconer 4212 E. Los Angeles Ave, #4766, Simi Valley CA 93063
Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Architecture Competition

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. 

Rotary Santa Maria South Supports Transitions Mental Health Growing Grounds
May 6, 2017 was the date of the Rotary Santa Maria South’s “Run/Walk for Mental Health”, a third year fundraiser partially benefiting the Transitions Mental Health Growing Grounds Program, which provides rehabilitation through horticulture therapy to individuals with mental health issues. This year’s event was designed as a 5K/10K Run/Walk, to offer opportunities for runners and longer distance participants. Fifty percent of the net funds raised will go to the Growing Grounds program of Transitions Mental Health.


Dear District 5240 Rotary Club Leaders,

As Rotary Year 2016-17 comes to a close, now is the time to meet with your club members and remind each other of all the accomplishments you have achieved this  rotary year, all the good that you have done and all the hard work and effort you  participated in to help make your community and our world a better place.

A great way to thank the Rotarians in your club for their successes and accomplishments is to complete the District Recognition Application and  be able present your club members with banner patches and certificates that say "Thank You" from District 5240.  As Rotarians committed to “Service Above Self” I know that we do not work for awards.  We work for the joy we bring to others and we receive our "payment"  in the currency of the heart.  

At the same time, we all like to hear a "thank you" or "well done" that reminds us how many people we touch as we go about our commitment to doing good in the world. It help makes the next task you take on more pleasurable and invites others to join.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 15.  Email your submission to awards@district5240.org

If you have any questions you can contact District 5240 Awards Chair Paul Clayton at the same address  awards@district5240.org .

I look forward to seeing all your submissions, as well as seeing you all in person to thank you at the RY 2016-17 awards event and  stepdown on June 24th in Thousand Oaks.


District Awards 2016-2017

Interact Awards 2016-2017

Rotaract Awards 2016-2017

Yours In Rotary Service,


Nick Frankle

District Governor, Rotary Year 2016-17



May is Youth Service Month
When I was very young and Mother's Day came around, I used to ask my mother "when was children's day?" She, as all mothers do, told me that "every day was children's day!"
While Rotary International has designated May as Youth Service Month, in truth every month is Youth Service Month.  In my travels around District
5240, I am overwhelmed by the commitment of the Rotarians in our district to the youth of their communities.  We have over seventy-five Interact clubs where each week, Rotarians help students learn about the joy of giving back.
We hold ethics days and financial literacy days to help them prepare for the future.  Rotary Youth Exchange offers the opportunity to learn about other cultures by living them. Our district's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards changes the lives of hundreds of future leaders. We build self-esteem and confidence by entrusting third graders with dictionaries - often the first book they have owned. We tutor, we mentor, we support, we engage. Now is a great time to recommit to your support of the Youth Serviceprograms of your club.  Get involved.  Make a We make a difference in the lives of the next generation and in doing help ensure a  more peaceful world to come.
Yours In Rotary Service,

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.


Linda Johansen of Solvang spent her 68th birthday working at the Piyali Learning Centre, a girls school in an impoverished village in India.My trip to India in January was my 68th birthday present to myself.  Little did I know, it would be one of the most difficult trips I have ever taken, but without a doubt and absolutely, the most meaningful and rewarding trip, and the best birthday gift I have ever received.Deepa Willingham, a fellow Rotarian and member or our community, by sheer tenacity and determination has accomplished the impossible by building a beautiful private girls school in the midst of poverty and squalor like I have never seen or experienced before. The Piyali Learning Centre is undoubtedly a true miracle.

Headlines of Youth Service Activities in District 5240
The Youth Empowerment Summit (YES!) was held at Camp Rotary in Simi Valley for the third year in a row. The event is put on by the Rotary Club of Simi Valley, Rotary Club of Simi Sunset, and Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. This is a One Day workshop for high school students where they will be inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues they are faced with daily. The day includes the following sessions that enhance personal growth and development: Ethics, Team Building, Diversity, and Leadership.
Rotary Club of Simi Valley Interact Club puts on a Charity Ball, a fundraiser that provides new soccer balls to children in poverty-stricken communities worldwide.
The Royal High School Interact Club also was an integral part of FAYM 2015 and 2016.  The funds raised here go to Dorrs of Faith Orphange in Mexico. Five of the Royal High School Interact Club members went to Mexico to deliver funds and spend time helping at the orphanage. This year the students raised over $4000.
Los Olivos Rotary Club New Generations Chair Ulises Castaneda and his spouse with six Los Olivos Dunn High School students in Gautamala where they assisted masons and family members build a housing structure.

Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North sent 4 students to RYLA camp: Erin Bies, Dan Willett, Zachary Guttentag and Anthony Luna.  They will attend the Rotary meeting of May 10 to present their observations.
Pictured with Past President Susan Weaver, the Rotary E-Club of One World D5240 was pleased to sponsor Natalie Garza and Gerardo "Jerry" Aguilar from Arvin High School to RYLA 2017!  Two more lives changed by RYLA!
Memories of Nancy Falconer - by Jim Lewis
Memories of Nancy Falconer - by Jim Lewis
I met Nancy in 2005, just before going to India for an NID with PDG Anil Garg. I needed some D 5240 pins, and she asked me if I could drop by her house to pick them up. I said, “No problem”. When she met me at the door, I knew I liked her already!  No nonsense, efficient, direct - that was Nancy’s style. She asked me to call when I returned, to tell her about my trip. I thought that was nice of her, and discovered then that she was very interested in Rotary's fight to end Polio.
May 2017
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