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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)

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Featuring The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club
5 Ways To Improve Your Event Marketing
The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club recently completed a very successful Moorpark Beer Festival. 
The event had a sellout crowd of 1,200 people in downtown Moorpark and raised over $20,000 for local charities — not bad for a club of only 20 members!
Here are a few tips and tricks to make your next Rotary Club Event as successful as possible.
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.

October is Economic and Community Development Month
One of the primary reasons that people join Rotary is to make a difference in their community. 
While serving as District Governor, one of many benefits is the opportunity to visit the clubs in our district and see the differences they are making to improve economic opportunities and quality of life in their local communities.   Many clubs in our district give scholarships for vocational training programs to assist those people interested in learning a trade or retraining for skills required in today’s workforce.  They provide equipment required to enhance the educational opportunities available at local vocational training centers and support these centers  with funding and human resources.  Clubs provide mentoring for young professionals just beginning their careers and business knowledge and support for Rotarians growing or changing their businesses. 
We are proud that our district has been the recipient of the first microfinance grant awarded by The Rotary Foundation in a developed country. Over the past four years, our district has provided more than $250,000 to fund microfinance loans that have helped help start or grow businesses in our local communities.  These loans have helped low-income entrepreneurs who cannot get bank financing live their dreams, escape poverty and improve their local economy.
Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort Information
Special Message from District Governor, District 7020, Haresh L. Ramchandani
Friends, I know we have all been watching, and in some cases, been directly affected as Hurricane Matthew has made a devastating impact across Rotary District 7020. We are grateful that most of us were spared, however as we know South Western Haiti and the Bahamas took direct hits.
Announcing the 2nd Annual Cartagena- Colombia Projects Fair
February 3, 4, 5, 2017 in Colombia
The projects fair is organized by Rotary Districts 4271 and 4281 and will take place in Colombia. Rotarians are encouraged to attend and explore various projects planned by clubs in Colombia. The fair provides an opportunity to participate with clubs in Colombia for a Global Grant.
Please contact:
Conejo Valley Rotary Club
Past-President 2006-07,2010-11
International Chair 2015-16-2016-17
(805) 402-2370

Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Auction
Win a 6-day luxury week in Santa Barbara at the Belmont El Encanto Hotel, or a luxury ski vacation in Vail at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa.  Thanks to generous donations, each prize includes fine dining, valuable perqs, and amazing activities.  
We are cooperating with the Vail Symposium to conduct this raffle.  Half of the proceeds from both raffles will go to our Foundation which funds the many service activities our club undertakes to improve our community and the world.  I hope you’ll enter to win either or both luxury vacations at
A single entry donation is $25, or 5 for $100. You can enter until November 14, 2016; winning ticket is drawn on November 15th.  

Congratulations! Brenda Cressey named TRF Trustee!
Brenda Cressey is currently serving in her third year as the Rotary International Zone 26 Endowment/Major Gift Adviser for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and has been named TRF Trustee 2017-2021.
Rotary Creating Jobs in District 5240
“Traditional banks were not an option for me as they only looked at numbers on paper, however, WEV took the time to break things down and look at my finances on a personal level as well as get to know more about my business.”
In August 2012, the trustees of The Rotary Foundation approved the first grant to provide microcredit loans to low-income women in a developed nation.   The focus of the grant was low-income Hispanic women in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, California.
To ensure the success of the grant, the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, the District 5240 host partner and District 3720 in the Republic of South Korea, the international partner, formed a partnership with a successful Microfinance Institution – Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). 
Economic Development for Rural Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina
A $71,000 Global Grant, sponsored by Rotary Club of Ojai and Rotary Club of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, introduced new and more lucrative farming techniques into the area, and provided increased economic opportunity and a better environment for women in rural areas of Herzegovina.  The grant includes (1) training unemployed women and their families in the production, drying, processing, and preserving of consumption tomatoes for the needs of the domestic market, and (2) providing equipment and training to increase sales capacity of cooperative marketing through the cooperating organization, Association Orhideja Stolac.
Fighting Terrorism with Economic Opportunity–Microcredit for at Risk Youth

The generation of young nomads heading into adult life with no education, skills or opportunity pose a distinct threat to the stability of the region. The only skill they possess other than herding is their knowledge of the desert. If they have no way of earning a living at home they may be tempted by a life of banditry, drug smuggling or terrorism.   In a pilot program, the Nomad Foundation’s microcredit program offered loans of $200 each to 4 members of a community and another $200 to a mentor and manager who selects candidates, distributes the loans, advises and collects repayments. After 6 months the repayments are offered to new candidates. 

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.
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

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.
October 2016
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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