Rotary District 5240 is made up of 3,314 members, from 72 clubs, in 4 different counties within California, United States. We meet regularly to not only form bonds and friendships, but we also strive to improve lives locally and around the world.
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Reflecting on 2017 as 2018 Begins

January in the Rotary world is the month of Vocational Service, click here to link to the MyRotary page which contains The Object of Rotary, The 4-Way Test, and the Avenues of Service. Vocational Service is the second Avenue of Service.

May I suggest offsite club meetings at businesses of a few of your members or a vocational school program. Or to foster Vocational Service and Membership, may I suggest inviting non-Rotarian business leaders to talk about their businesses for two minutes. They are often good candidates for your club!

Goodbye to 2017
December marked the end of our calendar year and the mid-way point of our Rotary year.  As we head into the New Year, it is worth noting that we are finishing the year up 27 net new members which is a positive trend.

December is traditionally a month of family reflection, and hope and, looking back, you can’t help but appreciate the time of year when many clubs ring the bell to help local families, enjoy festive music, and perhaps a light show in the neighborhood.

Foremost in our minds this year is the pain and suffering of so many because of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and recent relief that the fires have subsided. Rotarians and our communities have suffered great losses. Our hearts go out to each of you who lost your home and all of its treasures. Fortunately, loss of life was minimized and the spirit of so many was inspiring in the midst of such adversity. I’m grateful that so many Rotarians answered the call within hours to share their homes with others displaced by the fires. Thousands of dollars have been raised by individual contributions and the generosity of our district’s clubs! It’s not too late to give!

Recently I spoke to a good friend who celebrates all the acts of giving, kindness, and holiday spirit. It occurred to me how cool it is when we think of others. And is that not what Rotary is all about?

Christine and I have visited 50 (48 Rotary and 2 Rotaract) Clubs. The cool projects of our clubs are inspiring. If you have not already, I encourage you to visit other Rotary clubs for ideas, opportunities for joint service, and to develop friendships. Hopefully your clubs are thinking about and compiling this information for our annual awards which is June 16th this year.

Recently, I met in Pasadena with my District Governor classmates and the President of Rotary International Ian Riseley and his wife Juliete and our partners for lunch to discuss our service projects, club visits and the planting of trees. RI President Ian shared that Romania is providing 1.2 million trees and Rotarians in Romania will be planting them.  Of course, the world-wide challenge is to plant 1.2 millions trees. With the recent fires that have devastated camps for our youth, tree planting is a part of these projects. If your club has not yet planted a tree for each member, an opportunity will be forthcoming --- details to follow.

Save the Dates

Mark your calendars for these events in 2018. Details to follow:

Feb. 24th    Interact District Conference in Oxnard Pacifica High School.

May 4th     Our Foundation Fiesta (right before Cinco De Mayo) in Santa Maria. 


Best wishes for a Happy 2018!  As with my own health, I’m convinced that in spite of what challenges we face, our best days are still ahead!




Your Last Chance to Qualify Your Club

The 2018-2019 Club Grants Qualification Webinar will take place on January 9th from 6 to 7 p.m. PST.

This is your last chance to get your club qualified to submit grants for the 2018-19 Rotary year.

In order to be qualified, attendance is required by two Rotarians from each club. One of the attendees must be the President Elect (President in Rotary year 2018-19).

  • If your club is already qualified, you do not need to attend this webinar.
  • If you attended an in person training, you do not need to attend this webinar.

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6339374315051240451 


Results From Council on Resolutions 2017 Vote

The Council on Resolutions meets online each year.  Representatives from all of Rotary’s districts vote on resolutions that clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the General Council or Conference of RIBI have proposed. The RI Board of Directors will then consider all resolutions that the Council adopts.

What are resolutions?

A resolution is a request to the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents. Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues.

Who votes on the resolutions?

Representatives from all Rotary districts vote on resolutions proposed by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI.

Representatives are chosen for three-year terms. The 2017-20 Council representatives will vote in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 COR

The 2017 vote took place from 15 October to 15 November.

Results have been published and any Rotarian can now view the resolutions and the results of the vote.

If you are interested in the results from Council on Resolutions, please visit the following link: https://my.rotary.org/en/cor/vote
Upcoming District Events
Mid-Term Training Seminar - Santa Barbara
Jan 06, 2018
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
2018-19 Club Grants Qualification Webinar
Jan 09, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Mid-Term Training Seminar - Bakersfield
Jan 13, 2018
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Master PRLS Weekend - Santa Maria
Santa Maria Inn
Feb 23, 2018 – Feb 25, 2018
Master PRLS Weekend - Bakersfield
Four Points Sheraton
Apr 20, 2018 – Apr 22, 2018
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