What's Happening in District 5240

That's right... Reason #5 to attend the District 5240 Conference in Bakersfield October 2-4, 2015... Have more fun than the law allows!


Head over to www.Rotary5240DC.com to Register for the District Conference!


When I was young, my father taught me many things by using "sayings" or "quotes" to remember. One I remember to this day and used throughout my business career with all levels of management was: Readers are Leaders; Leaders are Readers.
I have probably repeated that quote a million times in the past 30 years in my attempt to pass along to others how important it is to be a reader. Little did I know until I joined Rotary how vast the pool is of those who are unable to read. I was unaware that 781 million people world-wide are illiterate.
Rotary International calls the month of September "Basic Education and Literacy Month". From youth not in school to adult illiteracy, Rotarians can make a difference in their communities. I urge you to check the many programs available by Rotary International to assist you through "My Rotary" at www.Rotary.org as you get involved to help solve this world-wide problem.
Jim Bell
Rotary International District 5240

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015 • 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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On August 7, the Rotary Clubs of Group 8 made history in a parade that celebrates history.
The clubs' entry into Santa Barbara's annual El Desfile Historico hosted the first real wedding on a float during the Old Spanish Days (AKA Fiesta) parade.
Lindsay Muse and James Reichlen said their I dos along Cabrillo Boulevard aboard a flower-adorned re-creation of the Santa Barbara Courthouse and Sunken Gardens.   
Walt Stephens designed and managed the construction of the float, which inspired other Rotarians to make the most of Fiesta's 2015 Romantica theme. The vision for the float included re-enacting a wedding. Steve Kally joked that it should be a real wedding. Liz Alves asked, "Could we?" David Velarde said, "Yes." (Scott Burns checked with the Fiesta leadership, who also said yes. He is also credited with getting permission to display the Rotary wheel on the float.)
The proposed idea turned into a wedding proposal in less than a week. At the same time dozens of Rotarians contributed to the construction and decoration of the float. Thank you to everyone who helped create the float, spread the word, and cheer during the parade.
On parade day, the wedding was attend by the couple's officiant, two friends, the groom's mother, District Governor Jim Bell, Past District Governor Wade Nomura, Rotarians David Velarde, Michelle Velarde, Kim Bish, and Liz Alves, as well as Boris Alves and Rose. 
Save January 15-16, 2016 on your calendar. The RI President has endorsed this first of five world-wide Rotary Peace Conferences that will be held at the Ontario, CA convention center. See www.peaceconference2016.org for more information. DG Jim Bell has decided that the District will support this conference in place of the annual STEPS conference. Early bird registration ends September 1st. Get a team together to represent your club.
Mike Weaver
Community Service Director 2015-16


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3394 Bryan Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Telephone: 805-578-1061 Fax: 805-578-1081
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Administrative Assistant: Nancy Falconer