From the California Coast to the Valleys,
Welcome to District 5240
Welcome to District 5240
What's Happening in District 5240
- Jim Eaton (SLO de Tolosa)
- Donna Archer (Cayucos-Seaside)
- Jessica Weiss (Morro Bay Eco)
- Kyle Thomas (SLO Rotaract)
- Go to Facebook and find Rotary International
- Click on Share Your Story
- Find Anselmo - Bakersfield (or click the words here)
You can vote every 24 hours.
Bakersfield Twilight Rotary is the only entry from District 5240. Please vote!
Amber’s Ambassadorial Scholarship was sponsored by the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club, which has partnered with our club in supporting the Simon Technology High School, a grade 9-12 Charter High School in Watts.Our clubs have made a commitment to work together on other projects and set an example of inter district cooperation for other clubs to follow.
Pictured (left to right): Clarence Miller, principal of the Simon Technology High School; Amber Harden; Robert Ryans, incoming president of the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club; Olivia Ryans, wife of Robert Ryans and a member of the Inglewood Rotary Club; Cresie Page, a past president of the Crenshaw Watts Rotary Club; and Jon Morse, a past president of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village.
Boy Scout Jason Caldwell wanted to fulfill his Eagle Scout project at a park. He contacted the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast to see if he could contribute to the Rotary Centennial Park on South College Drive. He planned to create the Cliff Dochterman Award Recipients’ Memorial, which would include a plaque and a designated area in the park that honors Service Through Scouting & Rotary.
One of our members brought his brother-in-law to one of our meetings. His brother-in-law, Clint Norrell, had never been to a Rotary meeting before and knew little about Rotary, although he did have some preconceived notions. After the meeting, he wrote an email to our member about his experience. This email was so thoughtful, enlightening and well-written that I thought you might like to publish it.
“I’ve got a Rotary meeting at noon. Would you like to come as my guest?”
The invitation comes as a surprise. My expression prompts a brief description of what I can expect.
“Sure,” I say, but don’t feel sure at all.
In the shower, I’m wondering what I’ll wear. I haven’t had on anything but work clothes in months. Oh well, how bad can it get. I can stand on my head for the length of any lunch.
“Ever been here?”
“No,” I answer, as I scan the exterior of Madonna’s. It’s an ornate restaurant/hotel south of San Luis Obispo where we’re visiting Kath’s sister & husband. Brooks is a long time Rotary member. I’m not. I thought it was another “good ol’ boys” club, a rich guys club, or a business networking group. Certainly the “silver Buick” set.
Brooks leads me through Madonna’s. Exaggerated carved wood and copper sheeting meet curved red velvet booths. Some eccentric left his mark. I’m glad to see it, despite it having bruised my senses.
We’re greeted by people in red vests, pay, and I follow Brooks to a buffet table where we build salads and select desert. We find seats at one of the round tables for nine. The settings include china plates and a half-dozen utensils. The water glasses are heavy red and blue goblets. The walls are covered with brag photos. The heavy beam architecture is somewhere between Snow White and The Hobbit.
Gold letters on blue banners frame the podium. They proclaim the club’s name and the equivalent of a mission statement about truth and service.
A bell is rung. Everyone stands for a prayer, a pledge, and a couple of patriotic songs. The main course is served during announcements and the introduction of guests. I’m one of many who stand in turn to polite applause.
Someone speaks of a veteran activist project. Vets are acknowledged. Someone speaks of fighting polio in Africa. Brooks frequently whispers explanations as others stand to present.
In attendance are the mayor, councilmen, judges, professors, professionals, successful businessmen, and accomplished artisans. 40% are women.
Various weekly meeting rituals are performed. One acknowledges someone’s good deed, they rise to explain, and contribute a hundred dollars for the privilege. I witness another as individuals rise to describe “Happy News”. Each donates $20 to do so.
The keynote is presented by a young councilman who describes his path to local politics. He’s quite impressive, with a longer than expected history of organizing discourse between opposing views. He ends his talk by explaining his greatest obstacle. “Don’t send me an e-mail. Bring you idea, problem, or complaint in person. Eye to eye. I’ll say, ‘How ‘bout I buy the coffee, and we’ll talk about it.’”
Through the hour plus lunch a new and more accurate impression of Rotary form in my mind. These are serious people as interested in service as any less accomplished idealist who criticizes from afar . . . like me. These people do things. They have earned their station and they’re using their positions to help others. They raise thousands and it goes directly to good. They get their hands dirty doing good. They are humble and grateful and I feel like an ass for categorizing them wrongly.
I had a good lunch in a room with down to Earth, do-gooders who pledge their resources to the betterment of man. I confessed these lessons to my brother-in-law on the way home. I tried to formulate a defensive explanation, but can’t, and admit that I was just flat wrong. Class envy perhaps. I don’t care what, but I assure you I will try to never again fault anyone, or question their sincerity, simply for being successful.
The Rotary EClub of One World has a very unique fundraiser. As we are not a traditional club, the traditional way of fundraising doesn’t work for us.
One of our members from Russia has come up with this amazing idea and we want to invite anyone to take part. We just ask that you make a donation on our EClub website. Here’s how it works:
Forward a photo of yourself with the city, state and Country to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nik’s father is a famous Russian sketch artist. He will provide a sketch of the photo and its yours!
Here’s my (Dawn O'Bar's) wonderful sketch with the palm trees and Santa Barbara Mission in the background. The dollar amount you choose to donate is up to you. Just click the “Yes, I’d like to donate button on the home page.” These would make great gifts for your program speakers.
- built 8 ONIL stoves in Mayan homes
- installed 7 water filters and stands, which should last 10 years
- provided 2 pilas, or large sinks
- donated food baskets for 10 families in addition to 100 pounds of corn for 3 families
- delivered stuffed animals and medical supplies
- gave a bed and a wardrobe cabinet to a family in need
November gives us the chance to build greater ownership and pride in our Foundation. We have so much to celebrate. The new grant model, Rotary’s website, our publications, and our new branding effort all focus on building a strong message — the importance of contributing to and supporting our Rotary Foundation.
In my Rotary life, the story of the starfish has always resonated because it tells us we can make a difference even if it is only one starfish at a time. We can bring hope where there is despair and light the way through our Rotary service. It is the way of our District 5240. It is the Rotary way.