Public Image Spotlight
Your First Impression Could Be Your Last
 
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
 
Stories
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.
 
March is Water and Sanitation Month
Rotary International has designated March as Water and Sanitation month. We in District 5240 are very fortunate. We turn on our taps and expect clean, drinkable water to be available to us. We have indoor sanitation that helps prevent disease.  We learn good hygiene habits at an early age and use those habits to keep us and our families healthy.
Others are not so fortunate.  Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to water and/or sanitation. More than one thousand children die each day from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water.  In District 5240, we take this problem seriously and have reached out to communities around the globe to improve water, sanitation and hygiene.  We work with the residents of the community to better understand their needs and priorities.  We help establish water committees that are responsible for maintaining communal water and sanitation systems including collecting small fees that are used for future operation and maintenance of the water systems. We help dig wells, provide filtration systems, build water catch systems, install latrines and hand-washing stations and support community education. Thanks to you, thousands of people around the world now have access to safe water and improved sanitation. Clean water and healthy sanitation form the basis for fighting disease, supporting education, improving local economies and providing peace. Thanks to you, children are in school instead of sick; women no longer walk six hours per day to collect clean water, and the lives of entire communities are made better.  
You can learn more about Rotary’s activities in support of water and sanitation by visiting the website of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Rotary Action Group (WSHRAG) at http://wasrag.org.  For more information about what our district is doing in support of water and sanitation or to get involved in a project, contact District 5240 International Service Chair Edwin Velarde (edwinvelarde@att.net). Remember next time you get a clean glass of water from your kitchen sink how fortunate you are.
 
Las Mercedes Honduras Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project
For the past eight years, the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise (District 5240) and the Rotary Club of Real de Minas Tegucigalpa (District 4250) have been working together on water and sanitation projects in the country of Honduras. The current project, funded by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant is to provide safe drinking water, improved sanitation and better hygiene to the community of Las Mercedes in the Villa San Antonio Municipality of the Comayagua Department, Honduras. The project includes the development of a new water source, rehabilitation of identified water system features, provision of a new water storage tank, piping, and disinfection, community tap stands, and several different types of latrines/toilets. The grant also provides hygiene training, community education, monitoring of behavior change and continued monitoring plus retraining as needed. The objectives of this project were determined after conducting a Community Assessment with the beneficiaries and all of the subsequent planning to implement, measure and evaluate the objectives involved more than 15 face-to-face visits to the communities. Las Mercedes consists of 310 families with a total population of 1860 potential direct beneficiaries.
The project consists of multiple components:
 
Water Harvesting in the Independence Aquifer, Guanajuato
District 5240 Rotarians meet with community members speaking about the importance of clean water.  Note an existing cistern in the background.
 
A global grant by the Rotary clubs of Simi Sunrise and San Miguel de Allende Midday was approved in March of 2016 for $200,000 to build 314 ferro-cement cisterns in the Independence Aquifer in central Mexico. The grant is expected to reach 2400 individuals and to be completed in roughly 18 months. The materials for the cisterns are provided by the grant and are built by teams made up of the project's beneficiaries.  Additionally, the grant provides for the development of training materials covering the water cycle, water contamination,  and what is “safe” drinking water. The training is conducted by cooperating partners which are grass roots organizations with close ties to the beneficiary communities.
In April of 2016, Simi Sunrise Rotarians Heather Frankle and Chas Wilson, accompanied by spouses Nick Frankle and Phyllis Wilson were able to attend the D4160 Conference in San Miguel along with approximately 30 other D5240 Rotarians. 
March Membership Madness
March is the month to bring in new members!
During the month of March, ask each club member to bring
at least one prospective member to a meeting.
 
Give a prize of ???? for the sponsor of the first new member in March!
(You pick the prize for your club! Paul Harris points?
No fines for a year? Dinner at a nice restaurant?)
 
BECOME A PEACEBUILDER CLUB
In Rotary Year 2015-16, District 5240 made a commitment to become a Peacebuilder District. We also made a commitment to wage peace wherever we can – in our local communities and in communities around the world. We are establishing Peacebuilder Club program designed to enhance Rotary’s mission of ‘advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace’ through the promotion of programs and projects aligning with the six areas of focus and in particular the #1 Area of Focus – Peace, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution. Priority will be given to youth and peace education projects and in gaining the assistance of the graduates of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program for local support.
What Is Peace?  It is not just an absence of war. Peace is:
  • Lack of Poverty
  • Lack of Injustice
  • Lack of Hopelessness
  • Lack of Non-Human Environment

Practical Relevant Leadership Skills - PRLS

The Object of PRLS

​To provide a training environment for Rotarians to learn effectiveness as individuals on a daily basis.

The goal of PRLS, begun in 1993, is to provide a set of training sessions wherein current and future Rotary leaders could learn to become more effective in their leadership roles.

Basic PRLS has been renamed Intro to Rotary and consists of a half day with 3 modules: Rotary Then and Now, Leadership and Leading a Meeting and Communications and Speaking in Public. This program was specifically developed to train individuals whose goals include a future leadership position in Rotary. They learn skills that will make them more effective in that role.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

*** Special Rotary Weekend Save $50 ***

All 5 Master PRLS Classes to Bakersfield $250

OR Leadership - Facilitation Skills – Communications - Business Planning - Projects & Grants  ($60 Each)

 

District Training Assembly- Registration is Now OPEN
 
 
The District 5240 Training Assemblies are scheduled for March 18, 2017 in Bakersfield and April 1, 2017 in Oxnard. Each Assembly will run from 9:00AM to 12:30PM. Check-in and continental breakfast from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  The cost is free to all members. Training will focus on information for incoming Club Presidents, Officers, and Board Members (those who will be serving in 2017-18) although everyone is welcome.
ROTARY DISTRICT 5240 - 2016/17
“The 4-Way Test” Essay Contest

The 4-Way Test of Things We Think, Say or Do
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Goal
To encourage students to consider how “The 4-Way Test” can be used in everyday decision-making.
This can be done by expressing their thoughts in an essay that relates a case or story where they applied these principles in their daily life.
RYLA 2017 Information
 
Upcoming RYLA Dates
April 20 - 23, 2017
 
We encourage Rotarians to visit the camp while in session. Please notify Nancy McKarney before you come at admin@ryla5240.org
Your name must be on the list at the gate for entering.
 
Registrations to be a RYLA volunteer are now open. We will be selecting final volunteers as counselors by the end of February.
Click here to Register: 
 
Contact:
Nancy McKarney
RYLA Administration
Primary Phone: 805.927.0491
Cell: 805.909.0358
Fax: 805.832-6524
Rotary Club of Cambria
 
Dear Rotarian,
The second half of our Rotary year is here and our convention in Atlanta, Georgia is just around the corner. Now is the time to begin making your plans for your time at the Convention.
The Rotary International Convention offers the perfect opportunity for Rotarians from all over the world to come together to celebrate our year of Rotary Serving Humanity.

The purpose of this correspondence is to let you know that Zones 25 & 26 will hold a special event during the convention. You, Rotarians from your District, family members and friends are invited to join me for some
good old “Southern Elegance & Charm with a Down Home Southern Breakfast” catered by Wolfgang Puck,  on Monday June  12th from 8am-9:30am at the Georgia Aquarium, 255 Baker St NW, Atlanta Georgia.
 
Register for the Convention- Click Below
 
Contact: Ashlea Boyer
"On To Atlanta" Chair
 
 
 
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Deadline for submission of stories is the 20th of the month, please send to stories@district5240.org

Have you joined the District Facebook Group yet?


Have you created a My Rotary account at Rotary.org yet? If not, click the Rotary logo for instructions on how to create your account.

 
 
 
Rotary District 5240 Office
3394 Bryan Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Telephone: 805-578-1061 Fax: 805-578-1081
Email nlfalconer@aol.com
Administrative Assistant: Nancy Falconer