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Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 Update

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I am excited about the upcoming Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 that will be taking place January 15-16, 2016. It is the first of R.I. President Ravi Ravindran's 5 Presidential Conferences. This is the only one focused on PEACE and the only one scheduled to be held in the Western Hemisphere. His remaining conferences will be held in Cannes, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Kolkata, India and Pasay City, Manila, Philippines.
Our conference will provide attendees the opportunity to hear over 140 experts within the 13 TRACKS provided over the two days. The TRACKS include: Creating Peace Globally; Personal Issues; School Issues; Community/Youth; Community/Adult & Veterans; Workplace Issues; International Issues; Civil Rights; Diplomacy/War; Religion; Media/TV & Radio; Intl' Commerce; and Rotary's Part in the World.
Two Special Breakout Sessions will be provided in light of the recent global issues that have surfaced: One on the topic of THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS and the other on GLOBAL TERRORISM.
The OFFICIAL PEACE CONFERENCE PROGRAM is being developed by PDG Rich Dell'Acqua. Ads are being sold so that we may cover the cost to produce it. Won't you please consider supporting it? The printed program will be 5.5"x8.5". The costs of the ads are as follows:
A Full Page Ad is priced at $1,000; A One-Half Page Ad is priced at $500; A One-Quarter Page Ad is priced at $250; A One-Eight Page Ad (Business Card size) is priced at $125.
Make checks payable to District 5330 Rotary Peace Conference and mail to: W.R. Chase, PDG, 2075 S. Caliente Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264.
(Note: E-mail your camera-ready artwork/business card to: frndshp97@aol.com)
We are also providing a House of Friendship for NGOs and For-Profit organizations to market their programs. You may find additional information about the booth fees on our website at: www.peaceconference2016.org. You may also register there for the conference.
Our KEYNOTE SPEAKERS include: Sharon Stone, Actress/Activist; Steve Killilea, Designer of the Global Terrorism Index; Bazzel Baz, CEO of the Association for the Recovery of Children; Claes Nobel, Economist and Great Grand Nephew of Albert Nobel; Sal Kahn, Founder of the Kahn Academy; Father Greg Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries; Gilliam Sorrenson, Chair, United Nations Foundation; Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Head of the Peace Corps; Hideko Tamura, a Hiroshima survivor; Colin Bruce, Chmn. World Bank; Ambassador (Ret) Mary Peters, CEO of the Carter Center; Barbara Winton, daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton; and Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, Peace Activist, among a couple of suprises!
There will be a conference for Interactors taking place simultaneously at the Radisson Hotel all day Saturday, the 16th. We encourage all clubs to register their Interact students ASAP, and encourage their Rotaractors to register and attend as well!
We have also scheduled an amazing concert to be held on Saturday evening that will feature the world-renown 14-Piece Russian Violin Ensemble!
For additional information, please visit our official website at: www.peaceconference2016.org
William R. Chase, PDG, Chair
Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 Update 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

Christmas at Seal Center

On Wednesday, December 16th, Bakersfield Breakfast Rotarian "Elves" appeared at the Bakersfield City School District's SEAL Center and threw a wonderful Christmas party for the 57 students who attend SEAL.
SEAL (Social, Emotional, Academic Learning) Center accepts the most behaviorally challenged students of the District. SEAL students have exhausted every other option available to help them overcome and manage their behavioral issues. In addition to regular academic learning, SEAL teaches the students social and emotional skills.
Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary began its relationship with SEAL 6 years ago by providing them with Halloween Costumes. Since that small beginning, Breakfast Rotary has provided a printer, 2,000 books for the library, school supplies for each student at the beginning of the past four school years, new shoes, field trips, dictionaries, end of the year party, and a Christmas celebration.
This year's Christmas party included hot cocoa and cookies, songs, a story, a picture with Santa and the highlight, Santa (aka, Stan Ferguson) distributing a gift to each child. There was a big smile on every child's face and on every Rotarian Elf's face, and all Rotarian hearts were melted.
Denise Haynes, Community Service Director & President-Elect Nominee
Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast
Christmas at Seal Center Denise Haynes 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

The Rotary Foundation - Cadre of Technical Advisors

The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisors provides assistance and technical expertise to Rotarians planning and implementing projects, ensures the proper stewardship of Foundation grand funds, and assists Foundation trustees in the funding process. The cadre is composed of volunteer Rotarians from around the world who are familiar with the grant program and who also have technical and professional expertise in one or more of Rotary's six areas of focus.
Some of you can give to The Rotary Foundation by using your expertise as a Cadre member. Cadre members say that this is a very satisfying experience. There is a need for additional folks with very specific skills. For more information about the Cadre and how to become a member, visit www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/cadre-technical-advisers.
The Rotary Foundation - Cadre of Technical Advisors 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

Innovative Ways to Connect With Young Professionals

Rotary's Young Professionals Campaign is a unique opportunity for our organization to develop innovative strategies to attract and engage young professionals and to equip and empower Rotary clubs to put those strategies into action. Through research, social media outreach, and the test of new creative concepts, Rotary is learning more about how young professionals view Rotary, why they volunteer, and how they make meaningful connections with other leaders. This campaign was made possible by a generous donation from a Major Donor. Click read more to read a letter that contains further information and the plan to send email in January to District and Club leaders.
Innovative Ways to Connect With Young Professionals 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

Rotary: Membership Minute

It's here! Our new process for collecting and communicating leads from prospective members is up and running — making it easier for club officers and district leaders to follow up on leads, and for prospective members to join a club.
Learn more about how club and district leaders can use this process to identify new members.
When those new members join your club, welcome them with materials from Rotary: Our New Member Welcome Kits are available on shop.rotary.org. They can be customized with additions such as the annual report or materials from The Rotary Foundation. And visit the Brand Center to download member certificates and ID cards that can be personalized with your club information and the member's name.
In January, look for a revised Membership Assessment Tools (formerly Club Assessment Tools), available on shop.rotary.org and for download on My Rotary.
Rotary: Membership Minute 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

Measuring Impact Of Your Charitable Donation

From Steven Solomon at The Rotary Foundation
Dear District 5240 Rotarians,
In honor of Foundation Month, I wanted to share an interesting article, "How to Measure the Impact of Your Charitable Donations" from the November 2015 issue of Kiplinger magazine. Sandra Block writes about applying "the same due diligence to giving as you would do investing." She states that "Supporters of effective altruism tend to favor... charities that focus on the developing world because small amounts of money can make a huge difference in the lives of people who may live on less than $2 a day."
Click Read More for the rest of article...
Measuring Impact Of Your Charitable Donation 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

Rotary and Peace Corps Partnership Agreement

Click Read More to read a letter received from RI announcing a major partnership agreement between Rotary and the Peace Corps.
Rotary and Peace Corps Partnership Agreement 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

Governor's Message - January 2016

Year 2015 has been a very eventful year on the world stage. Rotary continues to reach out and make a difference in the lives of many who are on this "stage". Our District is filled with the "doers" who continually make good things happen. Donna and I look forward to the last half of this Rotary year, and we wish the best that life has to offer for you and your families.
DG Jim
Governor's Message - January 2016 Jim Bell 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

Mexico International Safari Trip

International Service – "Experience of a Lifetime"
This year we have been invited by District Governor Ramon Medellin of District 4160 to visit his district and clubs following their District Conference in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, GTO. The dates of the Conference are April 29-30, which we are also invited to (information and cost will be available soon), with the Safari planned from Sunday the 1st and returning home on the 4th of May.
The Safari is sponsored by the Rotary clubs of District 4160. They will home host you (with hotels as an option at your expense), feed you and introduce you to their members and families. You will be able to see their local attractions and points of interests, community projects, and possibly do some hands-on projects while there. The objective of the Safari is to share the Rotary experience, create partnerships and lifetime friendships with these clubs.
For more information, please contact PDG Wade Nomura at wadedg1112@verizon.net.
Mexico International Safari Trip Wade Nomura 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

Joyce Appointed Director of Youth Service

It is District Governor Jim Bell and my pleasure to announce the appointment of Joe Joyce to the vacant position of Director of Youth Service 2015-16. Joe is actively involved with the Interact and Rotaract Clubs in his area. He has been a member of Rotary since 2003 and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Newbury Park. Welcome Joe!
Sandi Schwartz
Chief of Staff 2015-16
Joyce Appointed Director of Youth Service Sandi Schwartz 2015-12-03 08:00:00Z


Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 11am
Registration opens at 10:30am
California Lutheran University
Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center
Thousand Oaks, CA
An inspiring day of celebration featuring
Past Rotary International President Bill Boyd
Recognition of District 5240's First 50 Major Donors
Accept The Challenge
One million dollars to The Rotary Foundation from District 5240.
We can do it.
Registration Closes January 15, 2016
All attendees must register individually.
$75 per person
Opportunity for club seating on reservation.
Questions? Email carolbfreeman@roadrunner.com or call 805-496-7526
REGISTER NOW! MILLION DOLLAR BRUNCH Carol Freeman 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z

Save The Date: Lobster Boil in Santa Barbara

Saturday, January 23, 2016
The Harbor Restaurant - 210 Stearns Wharf - Santa Barbara, CA 93101
5:00pm - 8:30pm (dinner and live auction)
8:30pm - 10:00pm (band entertainment)
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Montecito
Benefit for the Mumosho Water Project
Honoring Larry Hammett
Dress Attire: Dressy Casual
Valet provided to attendees
Tickets $125 before January 1st, $150 starting January 1st.
Ticket holders get a lobster dinner, complimentary beer & wine, program provided by the Rotary Club of Montecito and live entertainment.
Enjoy a New England-style lobster boil, drinks, entertainment and a live auction with your friends and family! Our fundraiser will benefit the Mumosho Water Project, which will bring fresh, accessible water to the villages around E. Congo. We will also be honoring Larry Hammett, a long-time Rotarian who has sadly passed. Join us for a night of fun, great food and a good cause. Tickets are available at: rotarylobsterboil.eventbrite.com
Emily Solomon
Rotary Club of Montecito
Save The Date: Lobster Boil in Santa Barbara Emily Solomon 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z

2016 Rotary Peace Fellowship Success for D5240

Hope Tichaenzana Chichaya training citizens of South Sudan in non-violent protection
We are pleased to confirm that one of the candidates who was endorsed by DG Jim Bell on behalf of D5240 and E-Club of One World for the Rotary Peace Fellowship was successful in his bid to study at the Rotary Peace Centre at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in June 2016.
Hope Tichaenzana Chichaya is very excited and grateful to Rotary for the opportunity of the Fellowship and will continue the connection with the E-Club of One World and D5240 throughout the course and beyond.
Hope exemplifies both the organization he works for in South Sudan; the Non Violent Peaceforce (NP) and the Rotary Peace Fellowship and we can be proud of our efforts in securing this opportunity for him to further his knowledge and skills in working for peace.
Hope is part of a team of peacekeepers operating in South Sudan, the world's youngest country, which is continuing to struggle with conflict and ethnic tensions and the aftermath of decades of civil war with the North. It is estimated that tens of thousands have died and 2.2 million have been displaced.
"The purpose of unarmed civilian peacekeeping (UCP) is to create a safer environment...for civilians to address their own needs, solve their own conflicts, and protect vulnerable individuals and populations," says Tiffany Easthom, the organization's director in South Sudan. By comparison, she says, traditional peacekeeping uses armed military actors and the threat of force as a deterrent to "keep the peace". "...Non Violent Peaceforce's extensive community reach is particularly important since the 14,400-strong UN mission in South Sudan has had no static presence in the opposition-held territories [and has]...largely constrained its protection presence to the protection of civilian sites on United Nation's bases."
Applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowship program will be available on the Rotary.org website in December and must be received by the Rotary Peace Center coordinators at Rotary International by July 1, 2016. Non lineal relatives of Rotarians who meet the qualifications are eligible to apply for this prestigious and highly competitive peace studies program.
Please contact me for further information.
Catherine Bonifant
Rotary E-Club of One World
2016 Rotary Peace Fellowship Success for D5240 Catherine Bonifant 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z

Rotary: A Terror Vaccine

Ojai is a very special place, because the human spirit is evident in much that we do. Below is the invocation given by Rotary member Rob Long at Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Rotary Club of Ojai West meeting. I am so proud to call Ojai home and be a member of Rotary.
— PDG Jack McClenahan, Rotary Club of Ojai West

Even as the black pall descends on the City of Light, let us, as Rotarians, resist the urge to gnash our teeth and join in the clamor for revenge. Instead, let us draw on our celebration of the end of polio to remind us what we, united in Rotary, are capable of accomplishing.
Think of terror as another unthinking, unfeeling disease, randomly killing and maiming innocent victims around the world, just like the scourge that was polio. Let us be resolute that, just as we did in ridding the world of polio, Rotary can make a difference and help stamp out terror, too.
From small community projects, like our own Club's project to benefit seniors in need, to Rotary International's Areas of Focus which include not only promoting peace in general, but specifically include a global mission to educate even the poorest teenage girl, without regard to what religion she was born into, immunizing her baby, and bringing clean water to her village in the remotest corner of Earth, Rotary is a vaccine against terror.
Thanks to Polio Plus NID's over the past 30 years, Rotary already has "boots on the ground," silently crossing political boundaries without headlines, knocking on every door until it is opened to us to deliver our new "medicine:" replacing ignorance with knowledge, fear with trust and hatred with love.
Though as individuals we are overwhelmed at such a challenge, by linking hands with our fellow Rotarians around the world, we will continue to be a beacon, shining a light that pierces the darkness, bringing hope where there is despair, until terror, like polio, becomes a thing of the past.
Rotary: A Terror Vaccine Jack McClenahan 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z

Schwartz Named District Governor for 2018-19

District Governor Jim Bell is pleased to confirm the District Nominating Committee selection of Sandra K. "Sandi" Schwartz as District Governor Nominee Designate who will serve as District Governor in Rotary year 2018-19.
Schwartz Named District Governor for 2018-19 Jim Bell 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z

Paws for a Cause & New Life K9s

Paws for a Cause & New Life K9s are having a "Graudation Party" on January 13, 2016. Location and time will be coming soon.
Dick Mellinger
Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside
Paws for a Cause & New Life K9s Dick Mellinger 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z

PolioPlus Fundraiser

Happy Holidays Fellow Rotarians,
Our District's PolioPlus Fundraiser for November through January is a beautiful Rotarian World Cookbook. The Cookbook includes mouth-watering recipes from all over the world...each created by fellow Rotarians.
These cookbooks will make wonderful gifts for family and friends and might even nudge those non-cooking Rotarians among us into the kitchen.
This project is designed to raise money for PolioPlus and also to help all of us keep our eyes on Rotary's #1 Goal - Polio eradication.
Here is what I would like to have your clubs consider. Order a case of 36 books at $11 a book, total cost per case is $390, this covers the cost of shipping the books. Sell them to your club members for $15 to $20. The profit raised will go to Polio eradication. If we have 50 cases ordered by the District the cost will only be $370 for the 36 cookbooks.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please send your order requets to:
James "Jim" Lewis
D5240 PolioPlus Committee Chair
2303 Teasley Street
La Crescenta, CA 91214
Please make out your check to D5240 Rotarian Polio Cookbook. I will send them to our District Treasurer.
For additional information, I can be reached at 818-399-9870 or jameslewis1118@gmail.com
Thank you very much and Happy Holidays to you all.
Yours in Rotary Friendship,
James Lewis
PolioPlus Fundraiser James Lewis 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z

Lights, Camera, Rotary!

Each week, TV Santa Barbara airs a half hour show named "Rotary Serving Our Community". The show focuses on different Rotary events, projects and clubs in the greater Santa Barbara area. The show is produced and hosted by Rotarian Wade Nomura.
"Rotary has brought me so many opportunities and connections in my life, and I wanted to share with the audience what Rotary does" says Wade. "I wanted this show to highlight to our community what Rotary is doing, and bring awareness to the efforts and changes Rotary is making in our community."
Production of the Rotary show first aired in August with a show featuring "Unite-to-Light", a solar powered light developed at UCSB and distributed worldwide by a nonprofit organization. Rotary has distributed nearly 12,000 of these lights. There have been other partnerships between the Rotary clubs and other organizations that have been featured, such as the local Boys and Girls clubs, that have Executive Directors that are Rotarians, CASA and CADA partnerships, and local City governments and elected officials that are Rotarians. There have been shows featuring the Rotary Rose Parade Float, the Rotary International World Peace Conference, water projects in Honduras from a Rotary Foundation Cadre's point of view, the $1 million playground initiated by the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning, and other featured projects done by the local clubs.
"We hope this project will expand to other communities. Our plans are to expand outward in covering other clubs in our Rotary District this year, then reach out beyond our District into other areas of Southern California. Ideally, it would be our vision to have Rotary shows in all of our communities to highlight what Rotary is doing in these communities", says Wade Nomura. "Want to know what Rotary is and does? Watch our show."
If you are interested in being on the show, contact Wade Nomura at wadedg1112@verizon.net.
Lights, Camera, Rotary! Wade Nomura 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z

2016 Rotary International Council on Legislation

Every three years Rotary International holds the Council on Legislation, which is the only time the Council meets to change or make recommendations for the changes in our Rotary International Constitution and By-Laws through resolutions and enactments.
Each district in Rotary International selects a representative to attend the Council on Legislation and vote/act on each and every resolution and enactment. I was selected by our District through a vote during our District Business meeting at the 2012 District Conference on the Queen Mary by a majority vote, and will be your representative for the upcoming Council on Legislation to be held in Evanston on April 10-15, 2016.
I would like to do the best I can to represent our clubs in making sound decisions that will benefit Rotary, our members, our project beneficiaries and the monies we generate. Please look over the accompanying Council on Legislation document to see if any of the action items are of interest or concern to you, and let me know your opinion. The first few pages list the enactments in numerical order so you can look at just those that are of interest to you.
It is important to realize that these enactments are initiated from clubs (in most part) from all over the world, and are not policies being "suggested" by our Rotary leaders. The Council on Legislation is in place to make certain decisions on our governing documents and are made by Rotarians and not just the Rotary International leadership.
I look forward to representing you in Evanston in April and will update you upon my return.
PDG Wade Nomura
2016 Rotary International Council on Legislation Wade Nomura 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z

Governor's Message - December 2015

Vocational Moment

As I tour our clubs in District 5240, I am very excited about the renewed emphasis in our very first Avenue of Service - VOCATIONAL SERVICE. This is completely in line with Rotary International's desire to reignite an interest in this service area in all clubs.
Here is a quick tip on how you can help your club re-energize Vocational Service and also help those prospective Rotarians learn more about your members when they visit. Simply do this: When a member addresses the President in a meeting, have them begin with: Their Name; Their Vocation. It would sound like this: "President Gary, this is Jim Bell, Wells Fargo Bank..."
That's it! Simple. Easy to do. At no cost! Over time as your members learn to do this, remember, it's to help prospective members become acquainted with your members, and to encourage all your members to benefit from each other when they do business. After all, who better to do business with than someone you know and who cares about you from your Rotary Family?
Governor's Message - December 2015 Jim Bell 2015-12-01 08:00:00Z
Schwartz Named District Governor For 2018-19
District Governor Jim Bell is pleased to confirm the District Nominating Committee selection of Sandra K. "Sandi" Schwartz as District Governor Nominee Designate who will serve as District Governor in Rotary year 2018-19.
Sandi has been a member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield East (BERC) since 1994 and feels fortuante to have had the mentorship of PDG Chungsam Doh (BERC President that year). Her decision to be a Rotarian was solidified during a National Immunization Day trip to India in 2004 led by PDG Anil Garg and a "rat pack" of attendees including PDG's Arnie Dowdy, Sally Adelblue, Deepa Willingham and Rotarian Jim Lewis. She served her club as Director of The Rotary Foundation, Sergeant at Arms, editor/publisher of "The RotoNews", Club Service Director, Blood Bank Chair, RYLA Coordinator, and twice co-chaired her club's annual fundraiser Vino Amore. Bakersfield East named her Rotarian of the Year in 2009.
When she was Club president in 2013-14, her club grew by a net seven members, earned the RI Presidential Citation, District Gold Club Status Award and "Best Medium Size Club for Vocational Service". BERC became an EREY club that year with per capita giving of $177. Individually, she received the RI Avenue of Service Citation in 2013 and the District 5240 Jock McKenzie Leadership Award in 2014.
At the District level, Sandi has served on the Polio Plus Committee, has been a RYLA counselor/nurse, 2014 STEPS committee member, served on the District Conference Planning Committee 2015, and is currently Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Bell.
Professionally Sandi is a Registered Nurse of 43 years with the last 25 years in the fields of Home Health and Hospice. She and her husband Richard are recently retired, but both remain very active in the Bakersfield community. Collectively they have 7 children, both biologic and "acquired", and are proud grandparents of 9. Sandi and Richard have a Golden Retriever "Sam" and a Beagle "Sophie". Sandi's hobbies include hiking, cooking, crochet, all things sports, and being a Gramma.
They are Paul Harris Fellows and Major Donors; Sandi is a Paul Harris Society member.
About her goals, Sandi says, "We should continue expanding the use of social media to 'Celebrate Rotary' and our Club achievements. I want communities to know what Rotary is, to be thankful Rotary is there and subsequently want to be involved."
Sandi can be reached at sandischwartzdg1819@gmail.com
Congratulations, Sandi!
Schwartz Named District Governor For 2018-19 Jim Bell 2015-11-17 08:00:00Z

A Colorful 60-Year History - RC of Camarillo

The Rotary Club of Camarillo was chartered 60 years ago. It all began in 1955, when Camarillo was just a small town. A group of prominent local business and professional leaders decided to start a Rotary Club.
The first meeting was held in the old community center on Ventura Boulevard. Sponsored by Oxnard Rotary, the main club in the area in 1955, Camarillo Rotary then sponsored a club in Thousand Oaks in 1958 and Camarillo Sunrise Rotary in 1985. In 1966, an Interact Club was established at Adolfo Camarillo High School and in 2005 a Rotaract Club was formed at California State University Channel Islands, giving students an opportunity to organize and carry out service projects.
Camarillo Rotary has been good for the community. The main fundraiser is a golf tournament each summer for Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families that has netted over $1.5 million in donations. The club also organizes a community dinner, Viva la Comida, each spring, serving over 35,000 meals since 1971. In addition to supporting Casa Pacifica, the Camarillo Rotary Foundation has given over $160,000 to other charities, causes and non-profit programs in the past 5 years, including the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club and scholarships.
Max Copenhagen
Rotary Club of Camarillo
A Colorful 60-Year History - RC of Camarillo Max Copenhagen 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z

15th Polio Eradication (NID) Trip to India Announced

15th Polio Eradication (NID) Trip to India is scheduled for February 2016. Click here for full details.
15th Polio Eradication (NID) Trip to India Announced Anil Garg 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z

Save the Month of April 2016 for Pedal Against Polio

(Click picture for full size version of the flyer to pass around to your club members.)
Save the Month of April 2016 for Pedal Against Polio Dan Giordano 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z

Twilight Continues To Make An Impact

The Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight, better known as Twilight Rotary, the home club of District Governor (and Charter member) Jim Bell, held a dedication ceremony to honor the donation of 10 beautiful benches to the Kern County Museum on October 25, 2015. The project was the brainchild of Past Twilight President Sandy Foster. Special thanks to Twilight Rotarian Michael Foster and to all the donors who helped make the project a great success.
Bakersfield Twilight, the newest club in Bakersfield, may be new but it's full of vibrant Rotarians who are not new to Rotary. Chartered in 2009, the club has achieved 100% Paul Harris Fellow standing, and is the only evening club in Kern County. Make up or simply drop by the Bell Tower Club to enjoy a Twilight meeting Wednesdays at 6pm.
Twilight Continues To Make An Impact 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z


Fellow Rotarians,
Let's celebrate #GivingTuesday! A Rotary District with the highest number of donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation online on December 1, 2015 may receive a visit from TRF Trustee Chairman Ray Klinginsmith.
#GivingTuesday is an online movement for charities and individuals to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Although you give to your communities and our Foundation year round, #GivingTuesday is a great chance to reach new supporters by leveraging social media and the momentum of Foundation Month in November.
On December 1, 2015 celebrate giving and giving back with Rotary by participating in #GivingTuesday. Last year, our Foundation raised over $100,000 on #GivingTuesday to fund sustainable, life-changing projects. With your support on December 1st, we can transform even more lives this year.
November is Foundation month, the District Foundation team is available to come to your club to give you updates on the Foundation worldwide and in District 5240.
Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair
(805) 403-1934
#GivingTuesday Luz Maria Ortiz 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z

Rotary Annual Giving

The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund helps Rotarians do good in their communities and around the world. On November 3rd from 10:00-11:00 CST, join Rotary volunteers and staff for an update on the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) campaign. During this webinar, you will also:
  • Hear from PDG Sandra Schley (Rotary Club of Edina, Minnesota, USA) about why she supports the Annual Fund and how she encourages others to support it.
  • Learn tips from PDG Eric Wood (Rotary Club of Pine Rivers Daybreak, Queensland, Australia) for increasing giving in your club or district.
Space is limited to 500 attendees – reserve your spot today!
If you can't attend, register anyway to receive a link to the recording after the webinar. More information about The Rotary Foundation and the Annual Fund can be found on Rotary.org.
Rotary Annual Giving 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z

Crowdfunding Request from RC of Bakersfield West

Our Rotary House Retreat has now launched our Crowdfunding campaign to raise funds outside of local Rotary Clubs to fund partial scholarships for First Responders to benefit from the assistance provided by our week-long retreat at Rankin Ranch. Click here for a PDF with details.
We at West are hopeful that anyone else interested may care to join our campaign website. At the District level, DG Jim Bell has been greatly helpful in directing CLUB donations for our Rotary House Retreat operations – but the crowdfunding is intended to be for individual Rotarians to support individual First Responders, as explained in the website.
Thanks very much!
John Pryor
Rotary Club of Bakersfield West
Crowdfunding Request from RC of Bakersfield West John Pryor 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z

Save The Date: Annual District Foundation Gala

Save The Date!

The Annual District 5240 Foundation Gala will be held Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 11AM.
California Lutheran University Soiland Center
Thousand Oaks, CA
Mark your calendars. More details and registration is coming soon!
Save The Date: Annual District Foundation Gala Carol Freeman 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z

Governor's Message - November 2015

Polio and Peace

Traditionally November is Rotary Foundation Month. The Rotary Foundation leads the charge in worldwide campaigns like End Polio Now and promoting Peace. And what better timing than to mention both of these now. Re: Polio — It looks like we will end this year with less than 70 cases of Polio in the world narrowed down to only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This time last year we had 242 cases in the world. John Hewko, our General Secretary, just announced that Rotary will increase its polio funding by an additional $40.4 million to "slam the door" as he says on polio forever. Since 1979, Rotary has contributed $1.5 billion to polio eradication.
Now re: PEACE — January 15 & 16, 2016 brings us the Rotary World Peace Conference right here in our own backyard, at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California. This is one of six world-wide events this year, and the only one in the United States, endorsed by Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran. This event will have more than 100 guest speakers for you to choose from. Simply put, if they are recognized as a leader in Peace, have written or spoken about Peace around the world, they will be at this event. Learn more about this amazing conference and register here: www.PeaceConference2016.org.
P.S. — We need to help Bakersfield Rotaract "empty their closet" of these one of a kind, memorable, commemorative", District Conference T-Shirts! What a GREAT stocking stuffer!! Click the picture below for a larger version that you can pass around at your clubs.
Governor's Message - November 2015 Jim Bell 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z

Veterans and Canines

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." This quote by John F. Kennedy illustrates the importance of helping our veterans. Veteran's Day is coming up on November 11th which is a day to honor and support veterans. They need our help now more than ever. Did you know that more than 22 veterans commit suicide every day? 1 in 3 combat veterans are diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. 1 in 3 of our country's homeless population are veterans. Three organizations are coming together and uniting with a special purpose. The Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside, Woods Humane Society and K9's 4 Veterans are collaborating on a project to supply service dogs and companion dogs to Central Coast Veterans at no cost to the veterans with PTSD. This partnership needs support to be successful.
Cayucos Rotarians were introduced to this problem back in February of 2013 when a veteran came and spoke to the club regarding PTSD and of the severe problem with veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. These men and women were diagnosed with PTSD. These Americans were getting nowhere with the VA. There has to be another alternative.
This alternative begins with New Life K9's. They look for dogs from a variety of sources including breeders and animal shelters. The trainers at New Life K9's are working in conjunction with trainers at Woods to find these unique dogs. The ideal service dog is calm and amiable.
That's where Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart, two members of the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside, came in to help. These two Rotarians set up the meeting and everything fell into place. Woods would invite Nicole Hern, director of training at New Life K9's, to help the trainers at Woods. Nicole's training is much more complex than for regular dog training. She is a service dog trainer. She will help teach the trainers at Woods, who have been between 120-150 dogs a month in what to look for in a service dog. These dogs are very unique (maybe 1 in 10 makes it). This process will provide New Life K9's with between 12-15 dogs each month.
It has been documented that animals help relieve all kinds of emotional problems, depression, stress, anxiety, and PTSD. Most of these dogs are rescued from a shelter, so the dogs are as thankful as the veterans. These unique animals are trained to sense when the veteran is having a difficult time or if they forget to take their medications or if they simply need a hug.
As you can see, our veterans need our help. They gave their lives for us, isn't it about time for us to give to them? Instead of just uttering words in support, let's express our gratitude in the form of a comforting canine.
For more information, please contact Dick Mellinger at dick.mellinger@gmail.com or Gil Igleheart at 805-710-0332. Coming soon on the internet at www.PawsforaCauseCA.org.
Dick Mellinger
Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside
Veterans and Canines Dick Mellinger 2015-11-02 08:00:00Z

Join Us Friday For The World Polio Day Event!

On October 23, Rotary will kick off World Polio Day celebrations with a special event that will shine a light on Rotary's leadership in the fight to end polio.
The End Polio Now: Make History Today event, live-streamed from New York City, will provide a global update on the status of polio eradication from experts in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and will feature performances and appearances by celebrity ambassadors and other notables.
Time magazine Senior Editor Jeffrey Kluger is our moderator, and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake is a keynote speaker.
Watch the live program at endpolio.org on Friday, October 23 at 6:30pm Eastern Time and take part in the conversation using #endpolio.
If you can't join then, you can still be a part of this moment in history. A recording of the event will be available immediately following the broadcast. Use it to update your government representatives, or show it as a part of your local World Polio Day celebration or club meeting program.
Now that Nigeria has stopped polio, we are one step closer to a polio-free world. But our fight isn't over. There's still work to be done in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two remaining polio-endemic countries. Donate today and your donation will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
With your help, we are "this much closer" to ending polio.
Join Us Friday For The World Polio Day Event! James Lewis 2015-10-21 07:00:00Z

15th Polio Eradication (NID) Trip to India – February 2016

District 5240 is putting together another team of Rotarians to India to participate in a NID (National Immunization Day) on February 21-22, 2016.
The trip will most likely start on February 16th and end around February 28th, 2016. Besides the activities on February 21st, door to door immunization will be done over a few days starting on the 22nd (we will do door to door immunization only for 1 day). This will entail some long hours and lots of walking (which means you need to be in good shape, physically and mentally).
Here are some guidelines that will influence the selection process:
  1. Team size will be limited to constraints of our host Rotarians.
  2. A club sponsoring a participant can consider this as an international service project and should be prepared to explore worthy projects from the host districts in India. It is strongly suggested that the team member makes a presentation to the club on their NID experience.
  3. Preference will be given to those who have not participated in previous NIDs.
  4. Team members must be in good physical and mental health considering the stress and strains of long flying time and a busy and hectic schedule while in India. This requirement is very important.
  5. The District expects that the team members will become ambassadors of the Polio Eradication Program in their respective clubs and their local communities.
  6. A rough estimate of the total cost, including air travel, is around $3,000-$3,500, ($500 out of this amount is required to be sent with the Participation Form now). This does not including any shopping sprees. You can reduce your cost by sharing the hotel room with another team member. Once we have the team finalized, you will get a copy of the participants with their contact information. You can contact other people on the team and seek for roommates.
  7. We will have a day or so to do shopping and sightseeing in New Delhi. We will also go to Agra for a day to see the Taj Mahal.
  8. Once we are in India, the team will be split into teams of 3-5 people and each team will go to different locations. Some internal travel will be involved which will be arranged by us. Cost of that travel and the international travel is all inclusive in the total estimate.
  9. Please make sure that your passport is current and does not expire within 6 months of the trip completion. Once we have the team in place, we will give you directions on how to obtain a Visa for India (you will need 2 passport size photos for this).
  10. One, 3 to 4 hour's orientation program will be held on January 31, 2016 at my home, 655 Oldstone Place, Simi Valley, CA, for education on polio and other cultural nuances. It is mandatory to attend this session.
  11. Our role on this trip is three fold: (1) To boost the morale of the workers who have been doing this for many years and they are getting fatigued and tired, (2) To increase the visibility of the immunization program, and lastly, (3) get a chance to give oral polio drops to the children.
  12. Once the team is put together, you will be asked to send more funds/credit card info to purchase airline tickets. You will be paying for the hotel stay directly to the hotel when we are in India. Usually, our hosts will pay for our meals when we are in the field, but the meals taken in the hotel is paid by you. We will complete all the accounting at the end of the trip and any refunds due will be sent after we return.
  13. We will be making all the arrangements for air travel to India, travel within India and the hotel stay.
Please complete the forms below as early as possible and send to the address below but no later than November 30, 2015. Please make sure that your Bio is more about Rotary and please don't send me your resume. I would prefer if the Bio is printed on the computer or typed. Hand written Bios are very hard to read. They will be sent to the hosts in India. All the material should be sent to me together and not in installments.
PDG Anil Garg
655 Oldstone Place
Simi Valley, CA 93065


15th Polio Eradication (NID) Trip to India – February 2016 Anil Garg 2015-10-20 07:00:00Z

The Miracle of Rotary and our Rotary Youth

Chris Smith, son of Bakersfield Twilight Club member Amy Smith and Bakersfield North President Zane Smith donated his bone marrow today to someone he doesn't know, someone he hasn't seen and all because he showed up to an off-site meeting of Bakersfield Twilight at the local blood bank.
Chris who is afraid of needles not only donated blood that night, he signed up for the bone marrow registry. He recently was notified that he was a 100% match to a 60 year old lady with leukemia and would be be willing to donate his bone marrow. He of course said yes. According to his mother, he has undergone a battery of blood tests and bone marrow stimulating shots that really make your joints and bones ache.
He took the time out of his busy work and volunteer schedule to travel to La Jolla to donate his marrow. Not an easy procedure. He is back in his room resting and plans to return to Bakersfield tomorrow.
For those of you who attended the District Conference, Chris was the young man who spoke on his experiences at RYLA. He is not only afraid of needles, he is equally afraid of public speaking although you would not know it by his presentation at the conference.
Let's all send him our best wishes and kudos award as today Chris saved a life and is a real hero. You can contact Chris by emailing him at chris.z.smith94@gmail.com.
Sandi Schwartz, Chief of Staff
Rotary District 5240
The Miracle of Rotary and our Rotary Youth Sandi Schwartz 2015-10-15 07:00:00Z

Bakersfield Twilight Rotary Picnic in the Park

The Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight, Home Club of the District Governor, will be having a Picnic at the Kern County Museum to dedicate 10 gorgeous new benches Twilight donated to the Museum. Prior to this, the Kern County Museum was bench-less!
This ceremony will be to thank all of the donors whom assisted Twilight Rotary in making this project a success.
Anselmo Moreno, President 2015-16
Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight
Bakersfield Twilight Rotary Picnic in the Park Anselmo Moreno 2015-10-05 07:00:00Z

Great News! World Health Organization (WHO) Removes Nigeria From Polio Endemic List

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James "Jim" Lewis
Rotary Club of Moorpark, Past President
D5240 International Service Director & PolioPlus Chair 2015-16
Great News! World Health Organization (WHO) Removes Nigeria From Polio Endemic List James Lewis 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Street Fair

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Mario Contini
Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks
Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Street Fair Mario Contini 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Group 4 Fundraiser To Assist K9s For Warriors

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Nick Frankle, District Governor Elect
Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise
Group 4 Fundraiser To Assist K9s For Warriors Nick Frankle 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Seoul Air Travel

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PDG Jack McClenahan
​Rotary Club of Ojai West
D5240 "On To Seoul" Chair
Seoul Air Travel Jack McClenahan 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Rotary Club of Pismo Beach - Five Cities Presents Pinot for Polio

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John Traversaro
Rotary Club of Pismo Beach-Five Cities
Rotary Club of Pismo Beach - Five Cities Presents Pinot for Polio John Traversaro 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Join Us For Our World Polio Day Kickoff Event

Dear Fellow Rotarians:
It is our pleasure to announce Rotary's annual World Polio Day kickoff event on 23 October in New York City. We'll use this occasion to shine a light on Rotary's leadership in the fight that has brought us This Close to ending polio.
The Livestream event, co-sponsored by UNICEF, will bring together our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, government officials, and global health leaders from nongovernmental organizations and will mobilize more than 30,000 supporters.
July and August brought great milestones in the polio eradication effort. For the first time in history, Nigeria – then all of Africa – marked one year with no new polio cases caused by the wild virus.
We are closer to making good on our promise to end polio forever, but there's still work to be done. As we protect the progress made in Africa, we focus even more sharply on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Our World Polio Day kickoff event is our opportunity to update participants around the world on our progress and next steps and inspire them to share their voices, donate, or advocate for eradication as we near the finish line.
We invite you to join us and watch the event live, starting at 6:30 pm New York time or later – a recording will be made available. We also ask you to raise awareness of our polio eradication effort in your own community and build a local audience for our World Polio Day event. Visit the End Polio Now website to download resources that can help you raise awareness and funds. Share this information with your Rotary clubs, districts, communities, and elected officials.
Thirty years ago, we told the world what Rotary believes: that we can achieve the eradication of polio. Our dream is becoming reality. For every child, on World Polio Day, let's push ahead to the reality of a polio-free world.
Warm regards,
Rotary International President, K.R. Ravindran
Rotary Foundation Chair, Ray Klinginsmith
James "Jim" Lewis
Rotary Club of Moorpark, Past President
D5240 International Service Director & PolioPlus Chair 2015-16
Join Us For Our World Polio Day Kickoff Event James Lewis 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Peace Conference

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Dana Moldovan
Rotary Club of Newbury Park, President 2008-09
Peace Conference Dana Moldovan 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Lake Area Rotary Clubs - Fire Relief Fund

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PDG Frank Ortiz
Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast
Lake Area Rotary Clubs - Fire Relief Fund Frank Ortiz 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

District Governor Jim Bell... At A Loss For Words!?

District Governor Jim Bell, because of his very heavy travel schedule over the last month, was unable to provide his usual opening salvo for this month’s newsletter.  Fear not, especially for all Facebook aficionados — there has been, and continues to be a wealth of information posted following most of Jim’s club meetings and special events throughout the District.  Go to Facebook and search for Rotary District 5240 or Jim Bell and you will stay up to date with Jim’s travels and all the fun things going on in the District.   Jim promises a DG Message in next month’s newsletter . . . if he can catch his breath!
District Governor Jim Bell... At A Loss For Words!? Jim Bell 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Ghana Global Grant Progress Report

Dear Rotarians,
I want to share what we have accomplished during the first year of the $77,000 Global Grant your club helped fund that is providing vocational training for street girls in Ghana through Street Girls Aid (SAid). It is half finished, and we have learned a lot!
Ghana Global Grant Progress Report Terry Beckett 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Foundation Earns Four-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

For the eighth straight year, The Rotary Foundation has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. The rating, which is the highest that Charity Navigator assigns, reflects The Rotary Foundation's sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Learn more about this and other recent announcements from Rotary.
Foundation Earns Four-Star Rating From Charity Navigator 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Rotary Global Rewards

Rotary Global Rewards is a new member benefit program designed to make membership even more rewarding for Rotarians. This exciting program includes discounts on products and services such as travel, car rentals, hotels, dining and entertainment. It's our way of giving back to those who give so much.
Rotary Global Rewards: the good you do comes back to you.
Rotary Global Rewards 2015-10-01 07:00:00Z

Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Wine, Place & Show

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Denise Haynes
Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast, President Elect Nominee
Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Wine, Place & Show Jackie Maxwell 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z

District Conference Annual Business Meeting

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2015 • 3:00PM - 4:00PM
District Conference Annual Business Meeting John Eichler 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z

Camp Keep - 2015

What an awesome day, a true community project!! Thank you EVERYONE!!!
Gina Hayden
Executive Assistant Governor, Region 1
Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast
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Camp Keep - 2015 Gina Hayden 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z

Seoul - Experience Traditional Hospitality in a Dynamic World-Class Rotary City

The Seoul 2016 Rotary Convention is your opportunity to visit an amazing country with 60,000 active and generous Rotarians, to meet other Rotarians from around the globe, connect with District 5240 friends, make new ones, and exchange ideas.
Seoul - Experience Traditional Hospitality in a Dynamic World-Class Rotary City Jack McClenahan 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z

Polio Headlines Week Ending August 26

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Polio Headlines Week Ending August 26 James Lewis 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z

West Coast Diversity Initiative

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West Coast Diversity Initiative Bradford R. Howard, RI Zone 25 & 26 Director 2015-17 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z

Governor's Message - September 2015

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
Governor's Message - September 2015 Jim Bell 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z
Rotary Hosts Wedding and District Governor on Fiesta Parade Float
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. 
Rotary Hosts Wedding and District Governor on Fiesta Parade Float Liz Alves 2015-08-08 07:00:00Z
Wanted: Couple to Get Married in the Fiesta Parade
One lucky couple will get married on the Rotary float in the El Desfile Historico (Fiesta) Parade on August 7th!
In the spirit of Fiesta Romantica, the Rotary clubs of Group 8 will host a wedding on their parade float.
the float, a replica of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens – a truly lovely place to get married – could be the perfect venue for a couple who loves Fiesta, Santa Barbara, or lots of attention.
Thank you to all of the Rotarians who have helped with the design, construction, and decoration of the float. 
Couples who are interested should email rotarydavidv@gmail.com with the following information:
  1. Your names.
  2. Why do you want to get married (or renew your vows) in the Fiesta parade? Why should we choose you?
  3. If we make our decision Wednesday, August 5, can you be ready to get married on August 7?
  4. How can we best reach you? Please provide phone numbers and emails.
If you have questions, please contact David Velarde at (805) 680-6575.
Read on for the FAQ.
Wanted: Couple to Get Married in the Fiesta Parade 2015-08-04 07:00:00Z

Honor a Vet

President Breven Baima from the Rotary Club of Grover Beach sends in this idea he wanted to pass along — his club has decided to "Honor a Vet" each week this year by inviting a veteran to their lunch meeting. Breven says they contacted the Honor Flite folks to get a lead on the World War II vets first. So far, it's been very warmly received by all. Not to mention the "side bar" stories that develop from the vets they did not expect who tag along sometimes. Breven encourages all of you to do the same. For more information you can reach Breven here: bbaima@farmersagent.com.
Honor a Vet Breven Baima 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z

Biking, Brews and BBQ

Biking, Brews and BBQ Don Tillquist 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z

Midsummer Eve Wine Festival

Midsummer Eve Wine Festival Carol Freeman 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z

Lunches for the Homeless

Lunches for the Homeless Carol Freeman 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z

A Polio-Free Nigeria

On Friday, July 24, 2015, we marked the one year anniversary since the last case of wild poliovirus in Nigeria!
There are lots of ways to share the good news at the link below. It includes samples to use on Twitter and Facebook. There are infographics, videos, pictures and even sample press releases that you can tailor to meet the needs in your community publications.
Jim Lewis
International Service Director 2015-16
A Polio-Free Nigeria James Lewis 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z

Membership and Retention

Membership and Retention, the most important part of Rotary.  August is designated as the month we focus on this, but every day, all of us should be an example of an organization that our friends and associates would want to join.
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Membership and Retention Mark Furia 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z

Peace Conference 2016

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
Peace Conference 2016 Mike Weaver 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z

Governor's Message - August 2015

August is Membership and Extension month. I'm glad Rotary International placed this emphasis on Membership early in our Rotary year. It's a good time to begin thinking how each of us can do our part in sharing this wonderful organization with those who have not yet experienced the joy of being a Rotarian. We learned this past year the two most significant reasons why people join Rotary: form new friendships, and to do good things in their community. I'll bet that's you too! So a good place to start is to develop or memorize the answer to the age-old question: "What is Rotary?" I'll share with you the one my club teaches: "It's a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders who meet regularly, get to know each other better, form friendships, and through that, are able to get things done in our community". No "magic" here but something really good for each of us to know and have ready at that right time. Equally important is to be certain, week in and week out that our club is friendly, responsive, and looks inviting. Finally, let's also be sure we can answer these questions: How do I help my club go from good to great? How do I engage our current members? For your PhD in Membership (or just your Masters) log-on to your "My Rotary" account, and click on "Membership" on the "Learning and Reference" drop-down menu on the white bar at the top!
Jim Bell
Rotary International District 5240
Governor's Message - August 2015 Jim Bell 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z

District Information Meeting

Have you ever considered applying to be a District Governor? Or you may consider doing this in the future? Maybe you need more information to help you make that decision and perhaps debunk some old school thinking about this prestigious position.
Save Saturday, August 22nd on your calendar for a meeting at District Governor Jim Bell's home in Bakersfield. Meeting time: 10:30am to 12 noon. Led by PDG Frank Ortiz and PDG Jack McClenahan, they will answer any and all questions that relates to how the process works; the monies involved; the time commitment; and answering the age-old question "Do I have to be a brain surgeon to qualify?" Email Nancy Falconer at nlfalconer@aol.com if you have interest in attending this meeting by Thursday, August 20th.
District Information Meeting 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z

District Conference - Time to Register

NOW is the time to register for District Conference 2015. Go here -> www.Rotary5240DC.com to register for the event AND to register for your hotel at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center. DG Jim makes the following promises:
  • you WILL smile until it hurts,
  • have MORE FUN than the law allows,
  • you WILL be entertained like never before,
  • you WILL save money!
Go to the website now!
District Conference - Time to Register 2015-08-01 07:00:00Z
More Fun Than The Law Allows!

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

Countdown To Bakersfield

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

More Fun Than The Law Allows! 2015-07-15 07:00:00Z
Happy New (Rotary) Year

District 5240 July 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the 110th year of Rotary! There's great comfort in knowing that Paul Harris established a wonderful service-directed organization that continues to flourish around the world today because of your hard work and dedication.
I'm pleased to join our now 74 Club President-Elects in District 5240 who now become the new leaders of their clubs. As is the tradition in Rotary, we change "management" on July 1st every year from the top down throughout the entire Rotary organization world-wide. Although some may think this to be a cause of concern, it really allows for creativity, fresh ideas and the focus in each club to flourish under the guidance of a new club President and Board of Directors. Indeed, it is truly unique and a source of our strength.
Donna and I look forward to meeting each of you when we visit your club in the upcoming months. We have been very active in our visitations during the past year and welcome the opportunity to continue doing so. There is nothing that compares to visiting Rotarians in their club and hearing the stories, the projects, the pride of ownership of their club while there.
The District Staff has a simple goal for 2015-2016 – to help our clubs become "Bigger, Better, and Bolder" in the next year. If we succeed then it will be very clear that the best days of Rotary are still ahead.
Remember to keep submitting stories and photos of your club projects and fundraising events for the District website (see the How To here), engage in the District Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/76317187164/, and be sure to let our District Newsletter Editor Neil Walker know of your upcoming club fundraisers and events by submitting them to nwalker1@bak.rr.com by the 25th of the month prior to the intended month of publication.
Finally, let me thank each of you now for your service to your club and your district as we begin this year together. We are very fortunate to be Rotarians! Together, we can make the world a better place!
Jim Bell
Rotary International District 5240
P.S. – Don't forget to mark your calendars for the District Conference in Bakersfield - October 2-4, 2015.
Happy New (Rotary) Year Jim Bell 2015-07-01 07:00:00Z
2014-15 District 5240 Awards
On Saturday, June 27, 2015, Rotarians from District 5240 gathered at the Radisson Santa Maria for the 2014-15 District Awards and District Governor Step Down Luncheon. The following awards were presented:

Best Overall Club of the Year - Moorpark

Best Large Club - San Luis Obispo de Tolosa


Best Medium Club - Moorpark


Best Small Club - Simi Sunset

District Rotarian of the Year - Edwin Velarde


Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International - Bakersfield North


Citation for Meritorious Service from The Rotary Foundation - PDG Wade Nomura

Robert "Jock" MacKenzie Leadership in Education Award - Jack Tingstrom


Dr. John Padilla Humanitarian Service Award - Heather Frankle


Samuel L. Greene Service Above Self Award - Savi Bhim

Avenues of Service Awards:

Club Service

Small Club - Simi Sunset
Medium Club - Moorpark
Large Club - Cambria

International Service

Small Club - Nipomo
Medium Club - Simi Valley
Large Club - Simi Sunrise

Community Service

Small Club - Nipomo
Medium Club - Santa Maria Breakfast
Large Club - San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Vocational Service

Small Club - Cayucos Seaside
Medium Club - Atascadero
Large Club - Thousand Oaks

Youth Service

Small Club - Goleta Noontime
Medium Club - Santa Maria Breakfast
Large Club - Ventura

Rotaract Service

Small Club - Tehachapi
Medium Club - Carpinteria
Large Club - San Luis Obispo

Gold Clubs

Bakersfield North
Bakersfield West
Carpinteria Morning
Cayucos Seaside
China Lake
Morro Bay
Pismo Beach-Five Cities
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Santa Maria
Santa Maria Breakfast
Simi Sunrise
Simi Sunset
Simi Valley
Thousand Oaks
Ventura South

Silver Clubs

Bakersfield Breakfast
Bakersfield East
Bakersfield Twilight
Conejo Valley
Five Cities-Eco
Goleta Noontime
Indian Wells Valley
Moorpark Morning
Paso Robles
SLO Daybreak
Westlake Village

Bronze Clubs

Grover Beach
Los Osos
Santa Barbara North
Vandenberg Village
Ventura East
Westlake Sunrise

After the awards were handed out, the transfer of pins occurred.

2014-15 District Governor Loretta Butts hands over the District Governor pin to 2015-16 District Governor Jim Bell
Donna Bell pins Jim with the District Governor pin
Jim Bell transfers the District Governor Elect pin to 2016-17 District Governor Nick Frankle
Nick Frankle transfers the District Governor Nominee pin to 2017-18 District Governor John Weiss
There's even a gavel that goes with the job too!
And finally the Home Club of the District Governor banner was transferred from the
Rotary Club of Atascadero to the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight
2014-15 District 5240 Awards 2015-06-27 07:00:00Z
A Message from DG Loretta Butts
Dear Rotary Family and Friends,
It seems this year has flown by with all the wonderful projects and celebrations going on around our great District as you definitely lit up Rotary.
John and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time with you at club meetings, visiting your project sites and partying with you at fellowship events. We were constantly impressed by the generosity and kindness we were shown at each visit.
You have had a terrific District staff out there this year supporting your efforts and the results of your efforts have been outstanding. Our membership is up, we contributed significant amounts to The Rotary Foundation and, especially, to the effort to eradicate polio. Our District immediately rose to the aid of victims of the Nepal earthquake by providing desperately needed shelter through our longtime partner ShelterBox.
Wherever there was a need, our members stepped up to fill it. Rotary is so much stronger today because of your service and because of that we will continue to be the greatest humanitarian organization the world has ever seen.
It has been an honor to represent you as your District Governor and I will cherish these memories for the remainder of my life.
My plans going forward are to work within our organization to create a more peaceful world and I look forward to having some of you working right beside me.
Thank you for your support and affection. May peace always be with you.
Definitely Serving With the Best,
Loretta Butts
2014-15 District Governor
A Message from DG Loretta Butts Loretta Butts 2015-06-27 07:00:00Z
Welcome The Global Eagles to District 5240
We would like to welcome the newly chartered Eclub of Global Service District 5240, or as they call themselves, "The Global Eagles!" The club was officially recognized and chartered on May 8, 2015.
The focus of this club will be on Rotary education and a balance of community and international focus and projects.
The chartering president is Kurt Valentin, of Guatemala, with the incoming president and PDG from our district Marc Vertin, now living in Indiana.
The Club chartered with 31 new members (from four states, also the countries of Guatemala, Chile, and Canada), with a special thanks to PP Dick Strayer, Wendy Campanella, Allan Pacela, and Wade Nomura.
The chartering celebration was held in conjunction with the stepdown festivities of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning, who was the sponsoring club.
On hand to welcome in the representatives of the newly chartered club were District Governor (and chartering Governor) Loretta Butts, Governor Elect Jim Bell, Governor Nominee Nick Frankle, Governor Designate John Weiss and Past Governor Wade Nomura, who served as the District's Special Representative in chartering the club.
Pictured: Allan Pacela (Newsletter and TRF), Wendy Campanella (President Nominee), Kelly Greene (Secretary), Les Esposito (Newsletter Contributing Editor), Wade Nomura (Honorary Member)
Welcome The Global Eagles to District 5240 2015-06-26 07:00:00Z
Remembering Edward Everett (1920-2015)
Longtime Lompoc Valley resident Edward “Chiefie” Everett passed away at the age of 95.  Ed was the only child of Charles Everett and Maude Fodrill Everett. As a child, Ed acquired the nickname “Little Chiefie” because his father was Lompoc’s Fire Chief. Later it was shortened to just “Chiefie,” and to many that remained his name.  Ed and his dad are portrayed on the mural on the side of the City Fire Station No. 1.  Ed is the little boy sitting on the front seat of Lompoc’s first motorized fire truck.
Ed and his late wife, Louise, were always very involved in the community and enjoyed being so. They were active parishioners at La Purisima Catholic Church where Ed served as a Eucharistic Minister. They were members of the Cotillion Club, a group that met each month to dance and socialize. For many years Ed was a member of the Lompoc Rotary Club, serving as president in 1972-73. He was also an active member and president of the Pioneer Society, which later became the Lompoc Historical Society. He was a long time member of the Lompoc Valley Club, the Vaqueros de los Ranchos, Elks Lodge and Knights of Pythias. 
Remembering Edward Everett (1920-2015) 2015-06-23 07:00:00Z
How to Support the Water Projects When Shopping at Amazon
Every time you buy something from Amazon.com, you could be contributing to the Rotary District 5240 Charitable Foundation.
Here's how:
1. Follow this link and connect your amazon.com account to the foundation. If you don't have an amazon.com account, you can create one.
2. When you want to shop at amazon, go to smile.amazon.com
3. Share the link with your friends!
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Rotary District 5240 Charitable Foundation. Proceeds will go toward the Rotary District 5240 Charitable Water Projects Grant Program. It's an easy way to become part of our efforts to alleviate the global water crisis.
Earlier this year on World Water Day (March 22, 2015), Rotary District 5240 (D5240) and the Rotary District 5240 Charitable Foundation (DCF) launched the Rotary D5240 Charitable Water Projects Grant Program. To learn more, see http://rotarydistrict5240.org/Stories/water-projects-grants-2015. Many Rotarians are excited to use this new program to support humanitarian water and sanitation projects locally and around the globe. 
How to Support the Water Projects When Shopping at Amazon Edwin Velarde 2015-06-04 07:00:00Z
Teenager with autism helps Interact raise money for charity
Sebastien Dreckman saved the day for the Interact Club of Simi Valley High School.
The Interact club participates in many hands-on service projects while developing strong leadership skills, and those skills were put to the test.
One day last fall, at the last minute, the Interact Club was asked to run several game booths at a local pumpkin patch, including bean bag tosses and the pumpkin bowling station. An all-weekend event, the pumpkin patch would provide an invaluable opportunity to help the Interact Club raise money for charity. Due to the late notice, however, the club lacked enough support from its members to manage game booths on Saturday. Without enough volunteers, the opportunity was all but lost.
Annika Paseta, a member of Santa Susana HS Interact Club, asked Sebastien, a teenager at Simi Valley High School with autism (ASD), if he could help out at the event. 
Teenager with autism helps Interact raise money for charity Mary Paseta 2015-05-28 07:00:00Z
Congrats to Master PRLS 5 Graduates
UPDATED May 28 with more graduates!
Congratulations to the third Master PRLS 5 graduating class of the 2014-2015 Rotary year! The Ventura program's graduates included six president-elects!
  • Don Tiliquest of Camarillo
  • Rene Schrader of Bakersfield East
  • Mike Murphy of Thousand Oaks
  • Bill Banning of Goleta Noontime
  • Dennis Longwill of Ventura South
  • Jeff Stern of Woodland Hills (District 5280)
  • Anastasia Pyrinnis of Newbury Park Interact
  • Odyesseus Pyrinnis of Newbury Park Interact
  • Yvonne Brooks of Woodland Hills 
For their graduating project assignments, they worked on an ambulatory transport van project to serve Kern County. This project was focused on the underprivileged and the elderly, and would offer transportation to medical facilities that would normally be outside of their geographical area due to a lack of affordable means.
The second project was a One Day Music Festival to be held at a community park, and would include great music, games for kids, and a beer garden. Anticipated income to be generated was $30,000 to be distributed to the local community charities on behalf of Rotary.
80% of the projects during the MPRLS 5 graduating exercises come to fruition, and we look forward to seeing these benefit our communities and Rotary.
Thanks to instructors Mary Lingua, Wade Nomura, Dante Honorico, and site coordinator and PRLS Deputy Director Tony Huff.
Learn more about PRLS -- Practical Relevant Leadership Skills.
Congrats to Master PRLS 5 Graduates 2015-05-18 07:00:00Z
View and Vote for Bakersfield Twilight's Rotary Video

Bakersfield Twilight Rotary has submitted a video for WE ARE ROTARY.

  • Go to Facebook and find Rotary International
  • Click on Share Your Story
  • Find Anselmo - Bakersfield (or click the words here)
  • VOTE

You can vote every 24 hours.

Bakersfield Twilight Rotary is the only entry from District 5240. Please vote!

View and Vote for Bakersfield Twilight's Rotary Video 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z
Meeting highlight: Ambassadorial Scholar Amber Harden Shares Stories
In April, Amber Harden, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar who spent three years in the Republic of Georgia, shared her story with the Rotary Club of Westlake Village. 
Amber recounted how she found a Rotary Club in Georgia to coordinate her visit and how she learned to live and thrive in a part of the world which had been off limits to the west for decades. While she was in Georgia, Amber received a Masters Degree in International Business. She also learned to speak Georgian and taught English both in the countryside and in the capital city of Tbilisi. 

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.  
Meeting highlight: Ambassadorial Scholar Amber Harden Shares Stories Jon Morse 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z
San Luis Obispo Clubs Thanked for New Airport Viewing Area
Visitors to the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport can now view airplanes and the Rotary wheel emblem at the newly opened viewing area.
The Rotary Clubs of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo, and San Luis Obispo Daybreak, along with the Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo and local businesses made the project possible. You can read more about it in The Tribune. 
San Luis Obispo Clubs Thanked for New Airport Viewing Area 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z
Santa Maria Breakfast Partners with Boy Scout

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.

Santa Maria Breakfast Partners with Boy Scout 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z
In Memory of Kenneth J. Fay, 1932-2015
Kenneth J. Fay, 1932-2015
Kenneth J. Fay, Charter Member and the first full-term president of the Rotary Club of Ojai-West, peacefully slipped into God’s arms in Ojai, California on Sunday, April 26, 2015. He was 83.
Ken and his wife Louanne, an Honorary Member of Ojai-West Rotary, are recognized as Level Four Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to an Ojai-based nonprofit organization that you believe Ken would appreciate. A funeral service will be held for Kenneth at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ojai on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow in the parish hall.
Click Read More for more about Ken and his accomplished life.
In Memory of Kenneth J. Fay, 1932-2015 Jack McClenahan 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z
San Luis Obispo Club | Guest Meeting Review

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. 

Copied Below:

“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.

San Luis Obispo Club | Guest Meeting Review Dave Garth, President of San Luis Obispo Rotary Club 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z
Save the Date: June 6 Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival
The 11th annual Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival will be held on June 6, 2015 from 1 to 4 PM in Lavinia Campbell Park in downtown Los Olivos. This event, produced by the Rotary Club of Los Olivos, features wines poured by 30 local wineries along with food prepared by 30 chefs, plus olive products vendors, and, of course, world-class live jazz, for an all-inclusive price of $60. 
Save the Date: June 6 Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival Rotary Club of Los Olivos 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z
One World Rotary Fundraiser - Personalized Sketches

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:  nesynovnikita@yandex.ru. 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.

One World Rotary Fundraiser - Personalized Sketches Dawn O'Bar 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z
International Report: Santa Barbara Serves in Guatemala
Members from the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Downtown shared a report from their international service trip to Guatemala. The late February trip marks the club's second year visiting NGO Mayan Families in Panajachel in the highlands of Guatemala.
Here's some of what they did: 
  • 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
View a video of their trip here, and read more to learn more about this service project and the dates for the 2016 trip. 
International Report: Santa Barbara Serves in Guatemala Submitted by Bill Dutton 2015-04-12 00:00:00Z
Save the Date for the Ojai Wine Festival on June 14
Join the Rotary Club of Ojai West for the Ojai Wine Festival at Lake Casitas from noon to 4 PM on June 14.
General admission includes a keepsake crystal wine glass, unlimited tastes of wine or beer, live music, and free boat rides. Tickets are $60 on the day of the event, but read more to learn about available discounts.
Save the Date for the Ojai Wine Festival on June 14 Angela May 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z
Jason Haag and K9s for Warriors Wins STEPS People's Choice Award

At the recent Symposium To End Poverty Sustainably (STEPS) conference, attendees voted for the most popular speaker or exhibit. Jason Haag and K9s for Warriors won, earning $1,000 for the cause. Second place awards of $500 each will go to Women’s Economic Ventures and Go-Care.  



Thank you for helping to make STEPS so successful this year. Next year, we look forward to the Rotary World Peace Conference. It will be held in Southern California in January. To register, go to www.PeaceConference2016.org. We plan to have STEPS again in January 2017!

Jason Haag and K9s for Warriors Wins STEPS People's Choice Award Max Copenhagen 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z
Rotary Clubs of Bakersfield Unite to “Paint Our Town”
The seven Rotary Clubs of Bakersfield come together to celebrate Rotary International’s 110th anniversary by launching an awareness campaign to “Paint Our Town Rotary” from March 15 through April 15. 
The Rotary Clubs of Bakersfield North, West, East, South, Downtown, Breakfast, and Twilight will be launching a “Paint Our Town Rotary” Campaign on March 15, 2015 to bring public awareness to the organization of Rotary and the Rotarians that serve in our City. During the campaign, members will post signs that include the messages: “Change Lives,” “Building Community,” “Make A Difference,” and “Attend A Meeting.” The signs and Rotarians ask all that are interested to “Join Us” in making our world a better place. And all seven Rotary Clubs are welcoming non-Rotarians to join them at a meeting for a free meal between March 23 and March 27!​
If you have questions, contact Sheri Horn-Bunk.
Rotary Clubs of Bakersfield Unite to “Paint Our Town” 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z
RC of Ojai Supports 3 Projects in Niger
In February 2015, the Nomad Foundation, with funding and staffing from the Rotary Club of Ojai, completed a mission with three components:
1. Expanded maternal child health education for nomads in Niger
2. Training nomads in earth bag construction while building three structures
3. Economic support for at-risk youth
Read on for details about these three powerful projects and how your club can get involved with the youth of Niger. 
RC of Ojai Supports 3 Projects in Niger Terry Beckett 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z
Cal Poly basketball game to benefit End Polio Now
The Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo, alongside other Rotary Clubs in San Luis Obispo County, are working closely with the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to raise money for the End Polio Now campaign!
When Cal Poly takes on UC Santa Barbara on March 7, Rotary will be the winner. Buy tickets for $4 at www.gopoly.com
End Polio Now Cal Poly Basketball Game Fundraiser
Cal Poly vs. UC Santa Barbara
When: March 7, 2015
Game starts at 2 PM
Pre-game social at 1 PM upstairs in Mott Gym Room 201. This includes wine, beer, and snacks. 
Where: Cal Poly Mott Gym
Cost: Tickets are $4 if you use the promo code ROTARY. You can buy online or at the door.
For $1, you can get on the court at halftime for the shooting competition.
All ticket sales using promo code ROTARY and all proceeds from the shooting competition will go toward the End Polio Now campaign. 
Enjoy fun, fellowship, and athletic entertainment -- all for a good cause! If you have questions, please contact the Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo at SLORotaract@gmail.com.
Cal Poly basketball game to benefit End Polio Now Madelyn Stringham 2015-02-22 00:00:00Z
Reflections on The Rotary Foundation
Are the workings of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) mysterious to you? Tusu Tusubira describes how, while serving with Rotary in Uganda, he answered, "What is The Rotary Foundation?" 
Spoiler alert: "It is not the staff in Chicago. It is not all the rules and regulations and policies. It is not the Trustees. It is dedicated Rotarians around the world, pouring themselves into service to help those who are in need."
Click Read More to enjoy his story.  
Reflections on The Rotary Foundation Liz Alves on behalf of Tusu Tusubira 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z
Projects - Free shirts for international district projects
If your Rotary club is working on an international service project with a community that could use some shirts, we have good news. PDG Wade Nomura has more than 2,000 new shirts that were donated. In past years, thousands of donated shirts have traveled to project sites in Africa and Central America. 
These shirts are unused because they may have cosmetic blemished or a discontinued logo. The shirts cannot be distributed in the United States, so they can only be used at international project sites. Not all shirts are appropriate for all countries.
If you are interested in getting some free shirts for your club's project, please email Wade Nomura at wadeDG1112@verizon.net. Please tell him where you will be distributing them and approximately how many you would like for your project.
Projects - Free shirts for international district projects Wade Nomura 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z
Events - Nomuras participate in the Rose Parade
Rotary float 2015 Rose Parade
Roxanne Nomura from the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning brought in the New Year riding the Rotary float in the 126th annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Roxanne was one of eight riders on the Rotary-sponsored float, with the theme “Changing Lives Through Clean Water.” Roxanne was selected based on her experience in working on drinking water projects with her husband Wade in Mexico.
“I had a life-changing experience in Mexico when I was doing a water project there with Wade," Roxanne said. "We were installing a water filtration system in Mexico, and needed tools and a ladder. I met an 11-year-old girl that lived in the village named Ericka who helped me find the tools we needed. I asked her if she was going to high school the following year, and she said that her family could not afford to send her because of the cost of the bus, uniforms, and books. The next year we saw her in town in a uniform going to school. She told me that because of the drinking water system, her family was no longer sick, they did not have to buy water, and she was now able to go to school.”
Events - Nomuras participate in the Rose Parade Walt Stephens 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z
Events - 2015 Foundation Gala

2015 Gala FlyerJanuary 30, 2015

3:00 p.m. Museum Tours

5:30 p.m. No Host Reception

6:15 p.m. Doors Open

7:00 p.m. Dinner, followed by Recognition of New Gifts

8:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Rotary International President Elect K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran

Reagan Library, Simi Valley

Click flyer to view full size

Click Here to Register

Events - 2015 Foundation Gala Brenda Cressey 2014-12-30 00:00:00Z
Events - Edwin Velarde selected to participate in the Tournament Rose Parade


Edwin and RRPFC


Edwin A. Velarde, a proud member of Rotary Club of Westlake Village since 1994 where he served as President in 2012-2013, has been selected to represent District 5240 in this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Edwin will ride on the Rotary Rose Parade Float with the theme of Changing Lives Through Clean Water.
Events - Edwin Velarde selected to participate in the Tournament Rose Parade Walter Stephens 2014-12-20 00:00:00Z
Events - Announcing Rotary Peace Centers 101 & 201 Webinars

The Rotary Peace Centers is proud to announce  that the application for the 2016 Rotary Peace Fellowship is now online, and we are more excited than ever for the upcoming year!

Why are we so excited? This year the Rotary Peace Centers Fellowship has a newly designed webpage with additional resources for you and potential applicants. Please go to our website to view the  new animation video about the application process, stories from alumni, and many more amazing resources. 

Events - Announcing Rotary Peace Centers 101 & 201 Webinars Catherine Bonifant 2014-12-13 00:00:00Z
Special PRLS Sessions in December

All PRLS classes are designed for Rotarians and non Rotarian friends and Rotaracters. They are designed to improve your skills for Rotary and in your chosen profession. Registration forms, directions and class descriptions can be found on the PRLS website at www.prls.org, or through a link at the Rotary District 5240 web site at www.rotarydistrict5240.org.

The PRLS staff is very proud to announce that we will have three Special PRLS sessions in December. On December 6th MPRLS 3 (Facilitation Skills) and on December 13th MPRLS 4 (Situational Leadership) and a Special evening session of Intro to PRLS (Basic PRLS rewritten)on December 11th (a Thursday).

Special PRLS Sessions in December Tony Huff 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z
Projects - Rotary Club of Santa Barbara's 2014 Guatemala Water Project

Earlier this year 6 members of our club went to Guatemala to work with an NGO called Mayan Families in Panajachel, Guatemala.  Our project was to build 9 stoves and provide clean drinking water for 7 families.  This successful international project was completed in the Mayan villages around the Lake Atitlan area.  We will be returning again in 2015 where we will be involved in a construction project. View project video under more.

Projects - Rotary Club of Santa Barbara's 2014 Guatemala Water Project William Dutton 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z

This year, Rotary is participating in #GivingTuesday on 2 December, a global day of giving supported by 10,000 organizations worldwide. 

Invite your club to get involved by giving online. Online giving is the easiest and most efficient way to give to the Foundation and the causes you care about most. As an added incentive, President Gary C.K. Huang will send special video messages to the club and district that make the most individual online gifts to The Rotary Foundation on #GivingTuesday.

Share why you support the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook by using the tags #GiveTheGift and #GivingTuesday. And replace your profile picture with our proud donor image!

You can also round out Rotary Foundation Month by adding this presentation, which highlights #GivingTuesday, to your weekly program.

During the 2013-14 Rotary year we had 31,202 donors make gifts online raising US $8.9 million online for The Rotary Foundation.  See page 5 for data on contributions made through rotary.org in TRF Annual Report on Operations 2013-14


PARTICIPATE IN #GIVINGTUESDAY ON DECEMBER 2 Rotary District 5240 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z
Projects - Local Rotarians Change Lives Around The World

Giving Drops

During National Immunization Days (NIDs) local Rotarians along with thousands of volunteers and health workers, together with Rotary and Rotaract members, canvassed the streets of India throughout the country in search of children to immunize. They traveled from house to house knocking on doors in shantytowns and rural villages.

Projects - Local Rotarians Change Lives Around The World Walter Stephens 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z
Polio - 2015 NID to India


November 3Oth is your last chance to sign up and be a part of the 14th NID leaving for India in February 2015

read more

Polio - 2015 NID to India Anil Garg 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z
Projects - Santa Maria, Goleta Rotary Clubs Make Scholarship Presentation
The Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary and Goleta Noontime Rotary Clubs made their biannual presentation of scholarship stipends for the Los Prietos Boys Camp and Youthful Offender Scholarship Program recently at the Santa Maria Inn.
Projects - Santa Maria, Goleta Rotary Clubs Make Scholarship Presentation Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary and Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime 2014-11-15 00:00:00Z
Events - STEPS 2015: Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably – Make a difference in your own backyard!


             A Local Focus!          

Date:      Saturday January 31, 2015

Place:    California Lutheran University,

               Thousand Oaks

STEPS 2015 – Make a difference in your own

                         backyard!                                          Click on the picture of the starfish for more information

We will focus on successful, sustainable local projects benefiting members of our own communities, with financial help from international partnerships and the Rotary Foundation.  While all concepts presented at STEPS in previous years have applied to projects abroad and at home, at STEPS 2015, we will showcase exciting projects benefiting our part of the world!

Events - STEPS 2015: Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably – Make a difference in your own backyard! Walter Stephens 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z
Polio - It Turns Out That Fighting Polio Is Good Training To Fight Ebola

Polio and Ebola

Nigeria has been a stubborn hot spot of polio — and that turned out to be a good thing when it came time to fight Ebola.

In late July, a patient with the deadly Ebola virus arrived from Liberia. Health workers knew what to do. The country has created a massive public health effort to wipe out polio; institutions and strategies were repurposed to fight Ebola.

On the other hand, anti-polio efforts in the countries hit hardest by Ebola are on hold — and that could lead to disaster.

First, the good news, from Nigeria.

Polio - It Turns Out That Fighting Polio Is Good Training To Fight Ebola Walter Stephens 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z
Foundation - Why your gift to The Foundation makes a difference

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.


Foundation - Why your gift to The Foundation makes a difference Walter Stephens 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z
Foundation - Meeting the need of the changing Rotary World

Meeting the Needs of the Changing Rotary World Requires Working on Sundays


Rotary District 5240 leads the Rotary world in education and that sometimes means working Sundays.   On Sunday October 26th six dedicated Rotarians came together to practice for a Rotary Foundation Meeting to be held on October 30. The fact that all the Rotarians were not in the same location or meeting face to face is not news worthy. Most of the time a meeting like this would go unnoticed as district staff has been using conference calls and Go-to-meeting for several years now.   What sets this meeting apart from other meetings using online collaboration tools; it was hosted via Go-to-webinar from Citrix Online.

Starting October 30th Rotarians will not be asked to give up as many of your weekends to travel to a Rotary meeting somewhere in the district.

Foundation - Meeting the need of the changing Rotary World Loretta Butts 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z
Training - Membership Training Seminars

Region 2 Membership Training Seminar for District 5240 was held on October 18th

Training - Membership Training Seminars Walter Stephens 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z
Training - PDG Wade Nomura Named as New PRLS Director

Past District Governor (PDG) Wade Nomura was recently named as the new PRLS ​(Practical Real-life Leadership Skills) Director at the District Conference in Monterey. Wade becomes the first PDG since Jock McKenzie to serve in this position.

Training - PDG Wade Nomura Named as New PRLS Director Walter Stephens 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z
Events - Deepa Willingham


White House honors PDG Deepa  Willingham as a Rotary Women of Action

Senior Rotary leaders gathered Tuesday at the White House to honor 10 women for their service projects, at an event attended by members of U.S. President Barack Obama’s senior staff. The Rotary members presented their projects in the hopes of creating new inroads for government partnerships and support.

Events - Deepa Willingham Walter Stephens 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z
Projects - Rotaract's 3rd Annual Mexico Build

Mexico Build 2014


District 5240’s community based Rotaract clubs of San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and San Diego Downtown all partnered together for their 3rd Annual Mexico Build on July 9. Crossing the border early Saturday morning and returning before dusk, the 3 Rotaract clubs built a home for a single mother and her two children.

Projects - Rotaract's 3rd Annual Mexico Build Walter Stephens 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z
The Passing of PDG Jan Lindsay

Member picture

Dear Rotary Family,

Our PDG Jan Lindsay passed away earlier this week.  A celebration of his life will be held this coming Friday, August 22nd, at 11:00 am in the Grand Salon on the campus of Channel Islands University in Camarillo.  Please see the invitation from the Lindsay Family and directions to the University.

With a Sad Heart, Loretta, Loretta Butts, Rotary International District Governor, 2014-2015  855-466-2045

Forever in Our Hearts

Please join the Lindsay family to celebrate the life of

Jan Corwin Lindsay

Friday August 22, 2014 at 11 AM

California State University Channel Islands

Grand Salon

One University Drive

Camarillo, CA

“Donations can be made to GoCare Inc.,

Rotary International or a charity of your choice”.

We will be gathering immediately after the memorial to share our favorite memories and stories of Jan.

The Passing of PDG Jan Lindsay Loretta Butts 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z
Events - Group 8 Lights up Rotary in the Santa Barbara Fiesta Parade

La Fiesta in Santa Barbara

On The Parade Route

I had the honor of participating in the Santa Barbara la Fiesta parade last Friday.  The parade turned 90 and the Rotary clubs in Group 8 have been showcasing Rotary International with a float for 38 plus years.

We had the opportunity to walk the route beside the float.  Some of those hearty souls were PDG Wade Nomura, EAG Ross Ray, Santa Barbara North President Vanessa Patterson, Santa Barbara President Katarina Zamyatina, Santa Barbara Sunrise President Dana Goba, Carpinteria Morning President Art Fisher, brand new Rotary Club of Montecito member Conner Rehage . Christine Le Bon from Goleta Noontime and Helena Dahlin from the E-Club joined the group walking down State Street. We even had the little great granddaughter, Brooke, of the first President of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara!

Events - Group 8 Lights up Rotary in the Santa Barbara Fiesta Parade Loretta Butts 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z
District Governor Nominations Are Open

District Governor Nominations Are Open

Each year your club has the opportunity of nominating a candidate to serve as District Governor from its members.  If your club has a qualified member that is willing to serve as the Governor, we hope you would support and honor that individual by submitting his/her name.

District Governor Nominations Are Open Walter Stephens 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z
Greetings From The Governor
RI President, Gary Huang, has selected  ”Light Up Rotary” as the theme for 2014-2015.  In his first message to our 1.2 million members in this month’s edition of the Rotarian magazine, he reminds us there are so many people who need help, we sometimes think the task is too overwhelming and we can do nothing.  But we can do something.  We can light a candle for those who are in darkness. 

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.

Greetings From The Governor Rotary District 5240 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z
2013/14 Recognition Awards

Rotary District 5240 2013-14 Recognition Awards

Deb Linden

Deb Linden from the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo receives the honor of being named District 5240’s Rotarian of the Year for 2013-14.

As the 2013-14 Rotary year neared its conclusion of June 30th,  District Governor Jack McClenahan’s with the help of Past District Governor Frank Ortiz presented District 5240 and Rotary International Personal and Club Awards at DG Jack’s Demotion and Luncheon. If you were not one of the hundred and sixty plus Rotarians and friends who attended the June 28th celebration at the Marriott Courtyard in Oxnard, a complete list of the receptions is available at the following link.Recognition Awards


2013/14 Recognition Awards Walter Stephens 2014-07-05 00:00:00Z
Loretta Butts to “Light Up” Rotary as District Governor for 73 Rotary Clubs in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties
Atascadero, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2014 – Loretta Butts, Charter President of the Rotary Club of Templeton and current member of the Rotary Club of Atascadero, was installed as governor of Rotary International’s District 5240 during a special ceremony at Oxnard Marriott Courtyard, in the afternoon of Saturday, June 28th. Hundreds of Rotarians from throughout the district, which encompasses clubs in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties, attended.
Loretta Butts to “Light Up” Rotary as District Governor for 73 Rotary Clubs in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties Rotary District 5240 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z
Information You Need To Know To Form & Work With Your Rotaract Club

Rotaract Symposium

Rotaract Symposium Held May 17th In Santa Barbara

Information You Need To Know To Form & Work With Your Rotaract Club Walter Stephens 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z
PRLS Introduction


"To all Rotarians in District 5240". A new and improved personal Improvement "PRLS" is scheduled to start June 21st., also known as "Practical Real Life Leadership Skills" professionally taught by Rotarians for members, Interact, Rotaract, families and friends of Rotarians. They will be held in each region of the District and will start in July of 2014 and complete in May of 2015, a totally new concept to help All Rotarians interested in honing their leadership skills in order to be ready for new challenges.

Do not miss this opportunity to become a "Master PRLS leader for your club and the District".

Jack Tingstrom

District 5240 Director of PRLS

PRLS Introduction Walter Stephens 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z
Deadline for Proposed Amendments is July 30th!

The annual business meeting of the district will be held on September 28, 2012 on board the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802 at 3:30 PM. Please note that on July 2, 2012 the board of directors of the district passed a resolution adopting the Amended and Restated By-Laws. A copy of these by-laws can be found under the link above for the District Annual Meeting or on the left of this page.

Article 13 of these by-laws provides that proposed amendments to these by-laws must be submitted to the chair of the district resolutions committee no later than 60 days prior to the annual business meeting. PLEASE SEND PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO jan.gocare@gmail.com no later than July 30, 2012. Please note in the subject line that the electronic submission is a Proposed Amendment to the by-laws.

Deadline for Proposed Amendments is July 30th! Sharon Girod 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z

The District 5240 Grants Committee is available to conduct Grant Writing Workshops at the Club or Group level upon request for the 2012-2013 Rotary year. The committee wants to remind you that the sooner you get started on the Grant writing process, the quicker your project will become a reality for your Club. Information about Grants can be found on the District website at www.rotarydistrict5240.org. Click on the 'Foundation' tab on the top of the homepage, and scroll down to 'Grants'.

To request a workshop or general assistance you may contact:
Kern County areas: Dan Giordano - dgiordano@bak.rr.com
Ventura and South Santa Barbara County areas: Heather Frankle - hfrankle@earthlink.net
San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara County areas: Bruce Howard - bruce@brucehowardrealtor.com
* UPDATE ON 2012-13 GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS * Sharon Girod 2012-06-17 00:00:00Z
District Step Down Luncheon
*UPDATE*  Seating is limited and registrations are filling up fast.  Don't be left out....register today.

Register today for the District 5240 Step Down Luncheon!
Plan to be at the Moorpark Country Club at 11:30am on June 23rd. This is the last official party of the Krewe of Nomura.  This is not just our chance to kick another DG to the curb! Clubs and individuals will be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments plus DG Wade will pass the gavel of leadership to DGE Frank. Click here to register.
District Step Down Luncheon Sharon Girod 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z
District Four Way Test Contest Winners!

The Clubs in District 5240 made the Contest Committee's job very hard this year with such terrific entries!  For those clubs that took the time this year to conduct the Contest, you have instilled the Four Way Test into the minds of children in your community, from Grade School through High School.

My goal for 2012-13, would be to have 100% club participation in this project.  A message will be sent out in a week or so with stories from those clubs that participated sharing their experience.  Please make sure your club's Vocational Service Chair/Director knows about this great annual contest.

 And the winners are!

For the elementary school division:

  1. First Place – Santa Maria Breakfast – Samantha Spallino
  2. Second Place – Ojai – Emma Strickland
  3. Third Place – China Lake – Chloe Telles

 For the middle school division:

  1. First Place – Simi Sunset – Brandon Freed
  2. Second Place – Pismo Beach – Ryan Brennan
  3. Third Place – Simi Valley – Haley Perkins

 For the high school division:

  1. First Place – Pismo Beach – Joanne Crandall
  2. Second Place – Thousand Oaks – Shai Goldberg
  3. Third Place – Ojai – Hannah Strickland

First Place winners will receive $300, Second Place $200 and Third Place $100.  The District will prepare the checks and have them mailed to the winning club to distribute as they choose to the students.

The Contest Committee and I send our thanks to all the clubs that participated this year, and look forward to many more clubs getting involved next year!


District Four Way Test Contest Winners! Karen Furnari 2012-05-08 00:00:00Z
2011-12 DG Club Awards Dinner and DG Gavel Hand-off!
On June 23th, Rotary District 5240 will celebrate another year of hard work, fellowship and great accomplishments by our clubs and hard working Rotarians.  Mark you calendar for a luncheon event on June 23rd at the Moorpark Country Club.  More details will follow shortly.   Presidents -Make sure you have those award packets submitted to Laurie Small, District Awards Chair.

The event will also mark the passing of the reins from our DG Wade Nomura (aka Dusty Bottoms) to DGE Frank Ortiz(aka Lucky Day).  Rumor has it the third Amigo DGN Jack McClenahan (aka Ned Nederlander) will ride in from the West. 
2011-12 DG Club Awards Dinner and DG Gavel Hand-off! Sharon Girod 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z
Seven Days and Counting to the Biggest Smile in Bangkok

“The Biggest Smile in Bangkok 2012” 
Impact Arena Hall (next to the RI Convention Hall)
May 7, 2012 from 14.00-16.00 hrs.

Through 107 years of humanitarian service by Rotarians to people around the world, we believe that one smile can grow… to a thousand smiles.  Bangkok Convention goers will have an opportunity to create the biggest smile in the record books at the 2012 Rotary International Convention.

Seven Days and Counting to the Biggest Smile in Bangkok Sharon Girod 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z
PDG Anil Garg (RC of Simi Valley) honored at the White House as "A Champion of Change"
Please follow the story link:  


PDG Anil Garg (RC of Simi Valley) honored at the White House as "A Champion of Change" Frank Ortiz 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z
RC of Simi Sunrise featured in Rotary.org for their work in Honduras RC of Simi Sunrise featured in Rotary.org for their work in Honduras Frank Ortiz 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z
Happy 107th Birthday to Rotary...
Image  23 February 1905: Rotary Club of Chicago the First of the Sixteen Clubs prior to the formation of the National Association of Rotary Clubs.  First gathering, on Thursday evening,  23 February 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. by attorney Paul P. Harris.  Young Harris, fresh from a wild five years as a reporter, actor, cowboy, seaman, granite salesman, fruit picker and hotel clerk, five years building a successful law practice, then had an idea. It was regarding observations of success and respect which could come from organizing professional acquaintances. More years past. He had given this much thought by the time he and Silvester Schiele walked over to Gus Loehr's office, in Room 711 that cold winter night in 1905, almost 9 years from his arrival in Chicago.  Several weeks later, Schiele was elected the first president of Rotary when the meeting was held in his office. Harris suggested several names, one of them being "Rotary." 

From RGHF at www.historycalendar.org

 More information at:  www.room711.org 

Happy 107th Birthday to Rotary... Sharon Girod 2012-02-23 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Heading to India for NID
Another group of Rotarians from District 5240 will be heading for India to participate in a National Immunization Day (NID) in the Uttar Pradesh region. The team will be led by PDG Anil Garg (Simi Valley). This is Anil's 12th NID trip to India. The trip follows exciting news recently released regarding no new polio cases in India for one year! In order to be certified as Polio free, there must be no new polio cases for 3 consecutive years. It is important that these NID trips continue in order to achieve the ultimate goal of a polio free world.  The team leaves on Feb 14 and will return home on Feb 27.  Good luck Anil and team!
Rotarians Heading to India for NID Frank Ortiz 2012-02-05 00:00:00Z
District Governor for 2014-15 Named

The District Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Loretta Butts has been selected as the DGND (District Governor Nominee Designate).  She will serve as District Governor during the 2014-15 Rotary year.  A biography will be posted shortly.  

The District Nominating Committee wanted to thank everyone that expressed an interest in serving the District as District Governor.  They also wanted to acknowledge those candidates that took the time to apply for this important position.  Our District is strong and effective because we have wonderful Rotarians willing to accept leadership roles and volunteer their valuable time.

District Governor for 2014-15 Named Sharon Girod 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z
Please Help -- Community Service Projects

Please read this full story regarding two suggestions from Frank Ortiz, Community Service Director and GGN on how you or your club can participate in efforts to provide food, coats and other necessities for those in economic distress.

Links:  Full Story; Community Service Page

Please Help -- Community Service Projects Terry Beckett 2011-04-11 11:22:23Z
District Conference a Great Success

The Race is over and the results are in. 

Click DISTRICT CONFERENCE RESULTS for a description of the events, a few photo shots, a list of attendance and, most important, the tally of the contributions to End Polio Now.

District Conference a Great Success Terry Beckett 2011-04-11 11:21:37Z
Ambassadorial and Peace Scholarship Applications

Ambassadorial and Peace Scholarship Applications are Due May 2.  Interview date changed to June 5.  Please click HERE for full story.

Ambassadorial and Peace Scholarship Applications Terry Beckett 2011-03-30 00:00:00Z
This very important event is the last opportunity for club and district leadership to gain valuable training. This will include your club Secretary, Treasurer, Avenues of Service, Membership, Public Relations, and Grants. Of particular note, we will have Lauren Marquez-Viso, The Rotary Foundation Grants Coordinator, at the Oxnard venue to present training from the expert at Rotary International.
The morning sessions will be focused on your leadership teams while the afternoon session will provide a variety of courses that may be of interest to many of your club members and leadership team such as: Risk Management, Social Media, Future Vision, PRLS Forum, Rotaract, and Club Programs. A single nominal fee will be charged to each club regardless of the number of attendees. So, maximum participation is encouraged.
Click on DISTRICT ASSEMBLY for details. 
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY -- APRIL 9 & 16, 2011 Biery, George M, Bud 2011-03-21 00:00:00Z
Recent Information of Interest

This story is designed to point to sections of interest (primarily new information)
Please Click on the Links for Details:

Recent Information of Interest Terry Beckett 2011-03-17 00:00:00Z
District 5240 Business Meeting - Apr 9, 2011
The District 5240 Annual Business Meeting for 2010-2011 was deferred to April 9, 2011, 4-6pm, Pacifica High School, Oxnard immediately following the District Assembly.  Click HERE for more information.
District 5240 Business Meeting - Apr 9, 2011 Arnold Dowdy 2011-02-10 00:00:00Z
Symposium To Eliminate Poverty Sustainably (STEPS)

Symposium To Eliminate Poverty Sustainably (STEPS)

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Santa Maria Fair Park
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Click here for description, registration form, and details

Symposium To Eliminate Poverty Sustainably (STEPS) Terry Beckett 2011-01-31 10:35:28Z
Clubs Registered for STEPS

Arroyo Grande
Bakersfield Twilight
Atascadero HS Interact
Cal Poly Rotaract
Cambria Sunrise Centennial
China Lake (1)
Grover Beach
Los Osos
Moorpark Morning
Morro Bay
Morro Bay HS Interact
Ojai West
Paso Robles
Paso Robles Interact
Paso Robles Sunrise
Pismo Beach
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo Daybreak
San Luis Obispo - De Tolosa
San Luis Obispo HS Interact
Lan Luis Obispo Rotaract
Santa Barbara Sunrise
Santa Maria
Santa Maria Breakfast
Santa Maria South
Simi Sunset
Simi Valley
Solvang Breakfast
Thousand Oaks
Vandenberg Village
Ventura East
Ventura Rotaract
Westlake Village Sunrise

Clubs Registered for STEPS Terry Beckett 2011-01-27 00:00:00Z
Applications for District Governor for 2013-2014
Applications are now being accepted for District Governor for the 2013-2014 Rotary Year.  Click HERE for details and applications.  Applications are due by April 1, 2011.  Interviews are scheduled for May 14 at the Bullton Marriott.  For further information, plase contact PDG Anil Garg.
Applications for District Governor for 2013-2014 Terry Beckett 2011-01-26 00:00:00Z
Group Study Exchange

The District 5240 GSE team will be traveling to Melbourne, Australia, March 10 through April 7, 2011. 

  Contact: Colin Stephens at colins@ttiedu.com


Group Study Exchange Terry Beckett 2011-01-21 00:00:00Z

Mid-Terms are Coming!

ATTENTION Presidents, Presidents-Elect, AND Presidents-Elect Nominees
Hear inspirational speakers; enjoy fellowship with current and future leaders of District 5240; meet with your fellow classmates and respective District Governor for your year; and come away reinvigorated in enthused for the year(s) ahead!!!
Two dates and locations:
January 8, 2011- Oxnard Courtyard Marriott  and January 15, 2011 - Bakersfield Sheraton Four Points.
Click Mid-Terms Registration Form to register.  Click HERE for the schedule and full story.

Mid-Terms Terry Beckett 2011-01-15 13:32:19Z
4 Way Test Essay Contest for 2010-2011
“The 4-Way Test and Me” Essay Contest
Nine students will win up to $1,500 in the 2010-2011 Annual Rotary District 5240 essay contest.  There are three categories, grade school, middle school, and high school.  Click HERE for more information.
March 18, 2011 - Submit entries to the local Rotary Club.
April 8, 2011 - Local Rotary Club submits winning essays to the District.
Revised Date: May 15, 2011 - District winners will be announced to Local Rotary Clubs.
4 Way Test Essay Contest for 2010-2011 Terry Beckett 2011-01-11 00:00:00Z
RI District 5240 TRF Gala with RI President Ray Klinginsmith

RI DISTRICT 5240 CELEBRATES THE ROTARY FOUNDATION with RI President Ray Klinginsmith as the Keynote Speaker

Special thanks to all those who supported and attended the "Celebration TRF Gala" on January 4th.  This was an exciting and memorable event from all accounts and RI President Ray agrees.  Please look at the photo album in the left hand column of the Home Page.   I would like to acknowledge Rotarian Art Polan for serving as our "Images Chair" for the event  so we could document  the fun and excitement from the evening.  If you have any photos from the evening you would like posted please send them to: Brenda Cressey


RI District 5240 TRF Gala with RI President Ray Klinginsmith Brenda Cressey 2011-01-11 00:00:00Z
Exceptional Opportunity for Interact & Rotoract Alumni

The New Generations committee is pleased to announce that this year the district will be sponsoring two young adults to represent our district at the annual Rotary International United Nations Day.  This is a first for our district and we are excited to offer this opportunity to our young Rotarians during New Generations month in September.  Nominations must be submitted by September 7.  Please click here for full story and nomination details.

Exceptional Opportunity for Interact & Rotoract Alumni 2010-09-01 00:00:00Z
ALERT FROM IRS -- ALL clubs MUST file 990 Tax Return

All Club Leaders should carefully read this story.  If your club has not filed a 990 return with the IRS, you MUST do so before Oct.15; otherwise, your club risks loss of your non-profit tax exempt status!  Click NOTICE from Mary Howard to read the notes of a coference call with the IRS Comissioner.

Also, there are IMPORTANT guidelines for Rotary International the fact that Rotary Clubs are non-profit but not charitable organizations by a special IRS ruling (foundations normally are ).  Click 501(c)4 to read this letter.  Non-tax deductible disclosure statements may be required on Fundraising Publicity and Invoices for Club Dues.

ALERT FROM IRS -- ALL clubs MUST file 990 Tax Return Terry Beckett 2010-08-09 00:00:00Z
2010 Progressive District Conference
The Race to Eradicate Polio
2010 Progressive District Conference
October 23, 2010
Let’s Finish the Race Together – Join the Fun
Form, checks can be mailed to RI District 5240 Conference Registrar; P.O. Box 619;Solvang, CA 93464
2010 Progressive District Conference Terry Beckett 2010-08-07 00:00:00Z
Membership Seminars
If you are a club membership chair, PR chair or just interested in growing your club, you won't want to miss the 2010 Membership and PR Workshops.  Click here for more information.  Membership seminars are scheduled for Aug. 21 in Bakersfield and Aug. 28 in Santa Barbara.
Membership Seminars Nick Frankle 2010-07-24 00:00:00Z
District Website Update
The District Website is in the process of being updated to take advantages of new capabilities of ClubRunner Version 2.0.  Please contact Terry Beckett at tbeckett.rotary@yahoo.com to report any problems or suggestions.  Click in the "more" link below for a description of some of the changes.
District Website Update Terry Beckett 2010-07-11 00:00:00Z
Introducing Frank Ortiz as DGN
Santa Maria Rotarian, Frank Ortiz, has been selected by the District Nominating Committee as District Governor Nominee for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.
Introducing Frank Ortiz as DGN 2010-05-28 00:00:00Z
District 5240 Clubs Donate $35,434 for Haiti

Thanks to the Rotary Clubs in District 5240 for the generous contributions to the Haiti Disaster via the District 5240 Charitable Foundation.  The total amount received to date is $35,433.54.  This represents a combination of donations from Clubs, from invididuals in many clubs, and even from community any youth organizations.

For information regarding the disaster, you can visit the following links:
RI Pres John Kenney and Trustee Chairman Glenn Estess suggest how we can work with Rotary to respond to this humanitarian crisis. Click to download. 
Link to District 7020 (includes Haiti) Website
Link to Haiti Update Blog.

District 5240 Clubs Donate $35,434 for Haiti 2010-01-18 00:00:00Z
2009 Poverty Conference

"Heal the World: End Poverty Now!"
Saturday, November 21 in Oxnard.

This conference will address both international and local poverty, focusing on hunger and health. Included are outstanding speakers in the morning, with an optional networking lunch and afternoon "hands-on" service opportunity. Participants will leave with resources and projects for club involvement.  There is NO REGISTRATION FEE, but PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY.

Click on POVERTY CONVERENCE EVENT  for a complete description, registration information and details.

2009 Poverty Conference 2009-10-07 00:00:00Z
Projects - Rotary Peace Garden

The Rotary Peace Through Service Garden,

Is a joint project of the Rotary Club of Cambria, the Rotary Club of Cambria Sunrise Centennial, the local American Legion Post 432, the local Community Services District with the support of the County of San Luis Obispo Supervisor for the Cambria area, was officially dedicated on Saturday, January 11, 2014. 

The Rotary Garden commemorates the 2012/2013 Rotary International theme, "Peace Through Service"  and quest for world peace. Funds for the project included a successful District Simplified Grant application. 

Read the complete Story

Projects - Rotary Peace Garden Walter Stephens
Events - Santa Barbara Rotaract Club Takes Action to Save the Local Courthouse

Rotaract Miniture The Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation and the local Santa Barbara Rotaract Club hosted the first ever miniature golf event at the Santa Barbara Courthouse recently. All the money raised will go to the CLF and its effort to maintain the artistic and historic elements of the iconic Courthouse.

The idea for miniature golf at the Courthouse came from members of the Santa Barbara Rotaract Club, which is a humanitarian organization for young professional dedicated to contributing to the local and international charity work. The Santa Barbara organization chose the Courthouse Legacy Foundation as it project for the year.


Events - Santa Barbara Rotaract Club Takes Action to Save the Local Courthouse Walter Stephens

District 5240 consists of 73 Rotary Clubs organized into twelve Groups. 

For the next several months, we will highlight each of the groups so that you can see how Rotarians are changing lives in their local communities.

Today’s  featured group is Group 4 – home to  300  Rotarians in five Rotary clubs plus a Rotaract club all located  in the Conejo Valley of Ventura County. 

Click here to Meet Group 4.

Council on Legislation - Rotary International

The Council on Legislation will meet April 21-26, 2013 in Chicago . I have the privilege to represent you at this very important Rotary event. I have prepared an overview of some of the proposed changes (Enactments) that potentially could affect your club and/our district. Also attached is the complete Proposed Legislation.  I would like to have your input, hear your questions or concerns no later than April 15th.  Yours in Rotary,

LuzMaria Ortiz-Smith, COL Representative, District 5240

(805)964-4569 Office / (805)403-1934 Mobile



Council on Legislation - Rotary International Luz Maria Ortiz
Honoring Rotarians Service to Scouting



A Scouting Service Award for Rotarians and Rotaractors 

Honoring Rotarians Service to Scouting Jinny DeAngelis
Rotary - Polio Plus Night at the Cal Poly Women's Basketball Game


Rotary - Polio Plus Night at the Cal Poly Women's Basketball Game Curtis Reinhardt
Jim Bell named as District Governor for 2015-2016
Jim Bell (Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight) has been name to serve as our District 5240 Governor for 2015-2016.  He was selected by the District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) Committee on October 20th in Santa Maria.  The proceedings were led by PDG Deepa Willingham, with oversight by District Parliamentarian Doug Hoffman.   DGND Jim can be reached at jimbelldg1516@gmail.com
Jim Bell named as District Governor for 2015-2016 Frank Ortiz
* UPDATE * Group Study Exchange Program Information

The District 5240 Group Study Exchange Program is with District 3220 in Sri Lanka.  The Outbound Exchange will take place from February 2 to March 3, 2013.  The selection process to pick the team members is currently underway.  DG Frank has asked Rotarians to participate in the process by publicizing this info, and recommending candidates.  Time is running short so please discuss this at your weekly meetings.  

Qualification and Application materials can be accessed from the “Foundation Tab” at the top of the District 5240 Website Main Page.  Deadline for submitting a TEAM LEADER application was November 2, and has passed.  The deadline for submitting a TEAM MEMBER application is November 30.  The TEAM MEMBER selection interviews are scheduled for December 6 in Santa Maria. 

Questions?  Contact Bill Pucciarelli, GSE Chair 2012-13, at pucciarelli49@gmail.com or phone: 805-264-4033

* UPDATE * Group Study Exchange Program Information Frank Ortiz
Future Vision - The Rotary Foundation New Grant Model

Rotary District 5240 Training and Qualification schedule has been set for the 2012-13 year.  This is important training for club leadership to ensure they understand the new grant model for The Rotary Foundation. In order to qualify to be a Lead Club on a District Grant or Global Grant a club must send at least two experienced members to one of the Grants Management Qualification Sessions.

For more information contact PDG Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith, Future Vision Transition Chair luzmaria@smithandortiz.com.  Dates and information on registration can by accessed from 'District Events' on the left side of the District's Website 'Main Page'.


Future Vision - The Rotary Foundation New Grant Model Frank Ortiz
E-Club joins Rotary District 5240

On June 6th, DG Wade Nomura received a notification that we have chartered our 73 club!  The Rotary E-Club of One World D5240, California, USA, was admitted to membership in Rotary International on 29 May 2012.  This exciting new club will help us "Share Rotary" with interested individuals who might not be able to fulfill the schedule committment of particiting in a weekly club meeting. 

Click here to visit club website
E-Club joins Rotary District 5240 Sharon Girod
Council on Legislation 2013

2013 Council on Legislation Representative
Luz Maria Ortiz Smith

The Council on Legislation, Rotary's "parliament," meets every three years to deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions submitted by clubs, district conferences, the General Council and Conference of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and the RI Board. The Council itself also makes proposals.

The Council comprises more than 500 representatives from every part of the Rotary world. Voting members include one elected representative of the clubs of each Rotary district. Some nonvoting members include the chair and vice chair of the Council, the RI president, members of the RI Board, and past RI presidents.

Important 2013 Council on Legislation Dates

    • The deadline for Club to submit proposed legislation to the District is midnight September 20th, 2011.
    • The deadline for the District to submit legislation with the certificate of endorsement to the 2013 Council on Legislation is 31 December 2011.
    • The next Council on Legislation will be in April 2013 in Chicago.

For more information visit the Council on Legislation webpage.
Council on Legislation 2013 Sharon Girod
A Few Words from DG Wade
Congratulations 2010-12 Club President and all District 5240 Rotarians for an Outstanding Year!
It was such a pleasure to see and hear about all the outstanding things that were accomplished by so many clubs at the District Awards Ceremony.  I would also like to commend the individuals that earned special recognition for doing so much on behalf of Rotary and District 5240 during the 2010-11 Rotary year.   IPDG Deepa had an outstanding year as District Governor, and her leadership was evident in all that was accomplished this year as a District.   My staff and I were busy in the back of the room taking notes, in hopes of replicating the successes of 2010-11.
A Few Words from DG Wade Wade Nomura
Have you seen this car?

The opening salvo of the Public Relations Campaign occurred July 4 with the wrapping of Deepa's car.

Have you seen this car?
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