|Congrats to Master PRLS 5 Graduates||Posted||on May 18, 2015||
Congratulations to the Master PRLS 5 graduating class:
They completed their course on May 9, 2015.
This is the first graduating class that had The Rotary Foundation District and Global Grants included in their curriculum. As part of the graduating exercise, the group developed a project called “Continuing Change Direct.” This project would focus on gathering information from the clubs in our district and create a listing of international, and community projects with contacts, and a listing of Rotarians in each region by professions/businesses.
To date, approximately 80% of MPRLS 5 exercises have been implemented. It would be great to see this one implemented, as it would benefit Rotary and our Rotarians.
Learn more about PRLS -- Practical Relevant Leadership Skills.
|View and Vote for Bakersfield Twilight's Rotary Video||Posted||on May 07, 2015||
|Meeting highlight: Ambassadorial Scholar Amber Harden Shares Stories||Posted by Jon Morse||on May 07, 2015||
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.
|Santa Maria Breakfast Partners with Boy Scout||Posted||on May 05, 2015||
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.
|San Luis Obispo Club | Guest Meeting Review||Posted by Dave Garth, President of San Luis Obispo Rotary Club||on May 04, 2015||
One of our members brought his brother-in-law to one of our meetings. His brother-in-law, Clint Norrell, had never been to a Rotary meeting before and knew little about Rotary, although he did have some preconceived notions. After the meeting, he wrote an email to our member about his experience. This email was so thoughtful, enlightening and well-written that I thought you might like to publish it.
“I’ve got a Rotary meeting at noon. Would you like to come as my guest?”
The invitation comes as a surprise. My expression prompts a brief description of what I can expect.
“Sure,” I say, but don’t feel sure at all.
In the shower, I’m wondering what I’ll wear. I haven’t had on anything but work clothes in months. Oh well, how bad can it get. I can stand on my head for the length of any lunch.
“Ever been here?”
“No,” I answer, as I scan the exterior of Madonna’s. It’s an ornate restaurant/hotel south of San Luis Obispo where we’re visiting Kath’s sister & husband. Brooks is a long time Rotary member. I’m not. I thought it was another “good ol’ boys” club, a rich guys club, or a business networking group. Certainly the “silver Buick” set.
Brooks leads me through Madonna’s. Exaggerated carved wood and copper sheeting meet curved red velvet booths. Some eccentric left his mark. I’m glad to see it, despite it having bruised my senses.
We’re greeted by people in red vests, pay, and I follow Brooks to a buffet table where we build salads and select desert. We find seats at one of the round tables for nine. The settings include china plates and a half-dozen utensils. The water glasses are heavy red and blue goblets. The walls are covered with brag photos. The heavy beam architecture is somewhere between Snow White and The Hobbit.
Gold letters on blue banners frame the podium. They proclaim the club’s name and the equivalent of a mission statement about truth and service.
A bell is rung. Everyone stands for a prayer, a pledge, and a couple of patriotic songs. The main course is served during announcements and the introduction of guests. I’m one of many who stand in turn to polite applause.
Someone speaks of a veteran activist project. Vets are acknowledged. Someone speaks of fighting polio in Africa. Brooks frequently whispers explanations as others stand to present.
In attendance are the mayor, councilmen, judges, professors, professionals, successful businessmen, and accomplished artisans. 40% are women.
Various weekly meeting rituals are performed. One acknowledges someone’s good deed, they rise to explain, and contribute a hundred dollars for the privilege. I witness another as individuals rise to describe “Happy News”. Each donates $20 to do so.
The keynote is presented by a young councilman who describes his path to local politics. He’s quite impressive, with a longer than expected history of organizing discourse between opposing views. He ends his talk by explaining his greatest obstacle. “Don’t send me an e-mail. Bring you idea, problem, or complaint in person. Eye to eye. I’ll say, ‘How ‘bout I buy the coffee, and we’ll talk about it.’”
Through the hour plus lunch a new and more accurate impression of Rotary form in my mind. These are serious people as interested in service as any less accomplished idealist who criticizes from afar . . . like me. These people do things. They have earned their station and they’re using their positions to help others. They raise thousands and it goes directly to good. They get their hands dirty doing good. They are humble and grateful and I feel like an ass for categorizing them wrongly.
I had a good lunch in a room with down to Earth, do-gooders who pledge their resources to the betterment of man. I confessed these lessons to my brother-in-law on the way home. I tried to formulate a defensive explanation, but can’t, and admit that I was just flat wrong. Class envy perhaps. I don’t care what, but I assure you I will try to never again fault anyone, or question their sincerity, simply for being successful.
|Save the Date: June 6 Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival||Posted by Rotary Club of Los Olivos||on Apr 30, 2015||
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.
|One World Rotary Fundraiser - Personalized Sketches||Posted by Dawn O'Bar||on Apr 26, 2015||
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: email@example.com. 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.
|International Report: Santa Barbara Serves in Guatemala||Posted by Submitted by Bill Dutton||on Apr 12, 2015||
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:
View a video of their trip here, and read more to learn more about this service project and the dates for the 2016 trip.
|Jason Haag and K9s for Warriors Wins STEPS People's Choice Award||Posted by Max Copenhagen||on Mar 18, 2015||
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!
|Rotary Clubs of Bakersfield Unite to “Paint Our Town”||Posted||on Mar 17, 2015||
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.
|RC of Ojai Supports 3 Projects in Niger||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Mar 05, 2015||
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.
|Cal Poly basketball game to benefit End Polio Now||Posted by Madelyn Stringham||on Feb 22, 2015||
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.
|Reflections on The Rotary Foundation||Posted by Liz Alves on behalf of Tusu Tusubira||on Feb 01, 2015||
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.
|Projects - Free shirts for international district projects||Posted by Wade Nomura||on Jan 11, 2015||
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.
|Events - Nomuras participate in the Rose Parade||Posted by Walt Stephens||on Jan 05, 2015||
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 - 2015 Foundation Gala||Posted by Brenda Cressey||on Dec 30, 2014||
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
|Events - Edwin Velarde selected to participate in the Tournament Rose Parade||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Dec 20, 2014||
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 - Announcing Rotary Peace Centers 101 & 201 Webinars||Posted by Catherine Bonifant||on Dec 13, 2014||
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.
|Special PRLS Sessions in December||Posted by Tony Huff||on Dec 02, 2014||
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).
|Projects - Rotary Club of Santa Barbara's 2014 Guatemala Water Project||Posted by William Dutton||on Nov 28, 2014||
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.
|PARTICIPATE IN #GIVINGTUESDAY ON DECEMBER 2||Posted by Rotary District 5240||on Nov 25, 2014||
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.
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
|Projects - Local Rotarians Change Lives Around The World||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Nov 24, 2014||
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.
|Polio - 2015 NID to India||Posted by Anil Garg||on Nov 21, 2014||
DON'T MISS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BE A PART OF THE 14TH 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
|Projects - Santa Maria, Goleta Rotary Clubs Make Scholarship Presentation||Posted by Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary and Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime||on Nov 15, 2014||
|Events - STEPS 2015: Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably – Make a difference in your own backyard!||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Nov 11, 2014||
A Local Focus!
Date: Saturday January 31, 2015
Place: California Lutheran University,
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!
|Polio - It Turns Out That Fighting Polio Is Good Training To Fight Ebola||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Nov 11, 2014||
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.
|Foundation - Why your gift to The Foundation makes a difference||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Nov 07, 2014||
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 - Meeting the need of the changing Rotary World||Posted by Loretta Butts||on Oct 27, 2014||
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.
|Training - Membership Training Seminars||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Oct 20, 2014||
Region 2 Membership Training Seminar for District 5240 was held on October 18th
|Training - PDG Wade Nomura Named as New PRLS Director||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Oct 16, 2014||
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.
|Events - Deepa Willingham||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Oct 14, 2014||
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.
|Projects - Rotaract's 3rd Annual Mexico Build||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Aug 21, 2014||
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.
|The Passing of PDG Jan Lindsay||Posted by Loretta Butts||on Aug 18, 2014||
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
One University Drive
“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.
|Events - Group 8 Lights up Rotary in the Santa Barbara Fiesta Parade||Posted by Loretta Butts||on Aug 08, 2014||
La Fiesta in Santa Barbara
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!
|District Governor Nominations Are Open||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Jul 17, 2014||
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.
|Greetings From The Governor||Posted by Rotary District 5240||on Jul 16, 2014||
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.
|2013/14 Recognition Awards||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Jul 05, 2014||
Rotary District 5240 2013-14 Recognition Awards
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
|Loretta Butts to “Light Up” Rotary as District Governor for 73 Rotary Clubs in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties||Posted by Rotary District 5240||on Jul 02, 2014||
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.
|Information You Need To Know To Form & Work With Your Rotaract Club||Posted by Walter Stephens||on Jun 05, 2014||
Rotaract Symposium Held May 17th In Santa Barbara
|PRLS Introduction||Posted by Walter Stephens||on May 22, 2014||
INTRODUCTION TO POTENTIAL ROTARY LEADERS SEMINARS
"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".
District 5240 Director of PRLS
|Deadline for Proposed Amendments is July 30th!||Posted by Sharon Girod||on Jul 23, 2012||
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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 30, 2012. Please note in the subject line that the electronic submission is a Proposed Amendment to the by-laws.
|* UPDATE ON 2012-13 GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS *||Posted by Sharon Girod||on Jun 17, 2012||
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 - email@example.com
Ventura and South Santa Barbara County areas: Heather Frankle - firstname.lastname@example.org
San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara County areas: Bruce Howard - email@example.com
|District Step Down Luncheon||Posted by Sharon Girod||on Jun 04, 2012||
*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 Four Way Test Contest Winners!||Posted by Karen Furnari||on May 08, 2012||
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:
For the middle school division:
For the high school division:
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.
|2011-12 DG Club Awards Dinner and DG Gavel Hand-off!||Posted by Sharon Girod||on Apr 30, 2012||
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.
|Seven Days and Counting to the Biggest Smile in Bangkok||Posted by Sharon Girod||on Apr 30, 2012||
“The Biggest Smile in Bangkok 2012”
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.
|PDG Anil Garg (RC of Simi Valley) honored at the White House as "A Champion of Change"||Posted by Frank Ortiz||on Apr 23, 2012||
Please follow the story link:
|RC of Simi Sunrise featured in Rotary.org for their work in Honduras||Posted by Frank Ortiz||on Mar 28, 2012||
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|Happy 107th Birthday to Rotary...||Posted by Sharon Girod||on Feb 23, 2012||
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."
|Rotarians Heading to India for NID||Posted by Frank Ortiz||on Feb 05, 2012||
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!
|District Governor for 2014-15 Named||Posted by Sharon Girod||on Nov 01, 2011||
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.
|Please Help -- Community Service Projects||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Apr 11, 2011||
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
|District Conference a Great Success||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Apr 11, 2011||
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.
|Ambassadorial and Peace Scholarship Applications||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Mar 30, 2011||
Ambassadorial and Peace Scholarship Applications are Due May 2. Interview date changed to June 5. Please click HERE for full story.
|DISTRICT ASSEMBLY -- APRIL 9 & 16, 2011||Posted by Biery, George M, Bud||on Mar 21, 2011||
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.
|Recent Information of Interest||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Mar 17, 2011||
This story is designed to point to sections of interest (primarily new information)
|District 5240 Business Meeting - Apr 9, 2011||Posted by Arnold Dowdy||on Feb 10, 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.
|Symposium To Eliminate Poverty Sustainably (STEPS)||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Jan 31, 2011||
Symposium To Eliminate Poverty Sustainably (STEPS)
Saturday, January 29, 2011
|Clubs Registered for STEPS||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Jan 27, 2011||
|Applications for District Governor for 2013-2014||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Jan 26, 2011||
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.
|Group Study Exchange||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Jan 21, 2011||
The District 5240 GSE team will be traveling to Melbourne, Australia, March 10 through April 7, 2011.
Contact: Colin Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Mid-Terms||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Jan 15, 2011||
Mid-Terms are Coming!
ATTENTION Presidents, Presidents-Elect, AND Presidents-Elect Nominees
|4 Way Test Essay Contest for 2010-2011||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Jan 11, 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.
|RI District 5240 TRF Gala with RI President Ray Klinginsmith||Posted by Brenda Cressey||on Jan 11, 2011||
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
|Exceptional Opportunity for Interact & Rotoract Alumni||Posted||on Sep 01, 2010||
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.
|ALERT FROM IRS -- ALL clubs MUST file 990 Tax Return||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Aug 09, 2010||
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.
|2010 Progressive District Conference||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Aug 07, 2010||
The Race to Eradicate Polio
2010 Progressive District Conference
October 23, 2010
Let’s Finish the Race Together – Join the Fun
REGISTRATION FORM CAN BE SENT BY FAX TO 805-688-6061
Form, checks can be mailed to RI District 5240 Conference Registrar; P.O. Box 619;Solvang, CA 93464
|Membership Seminars||Posted by Nick Frankle||on Jul 24, 2010||
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.
|District Website Update||Posted by Terry Beckett||on Jul 11, 2010||
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 email@example.com to report any problems or suggestions. Click in the "more" link below for a description of some of the changes.
|Introducing Frank Ortiz as DGN||Posted||on May 28, 2010||
Santa Maria Rotarian, Frank Ortiz, has been selected by the District Nominating Committee as District Governor Nominee for the 2012-2013 Rotary year.
|District 5240 Clubs Donate $35,434 for Haiti||Posted||on Jan 18, 2010||
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:
|2009 Poverty Conference||Posted||on Oct 07, 2009||
"Heal the World: End Poverty Now!"
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.
|Projects - Rotary Peace Garden||Posted by Walter Stephens||
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.
|Events - Santa Barbara Rotaract Club Takes Action to Save the Local Courthouse||Posted by Walter Stephens||
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.
|MEET THE GROUPS IN DISTRICT 5240||Posted by Nick Frankle||
District 5240 consists of 73 Rotary Clubs organized into twelve Groups.
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.
|Council on Legislation - Rotary International||Posted by Luz Maria Ortiz||
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
|Honoring Rotarians Service to Scouting||Posted by Jinny DeAngelis||
THE CLIFF DOCHTERMAN AWARD
A Scouting Service Award for Rotarians and Rotaractors
|Rotary - Polio Plus Night at the Cal Poly Women's Basketball Game||Posted by Curtis Reinhardt||
|Jim Bell named as District Governor for 2015-2016||Posted by Frank Ortiz||
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|* UPDATE * Group Study Exchange Program Information||Posted by Frank Ortiz||
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 email@example.com or phone: 805-264-4033
|Future Vision - The Rotary Foundation New Grant Model||Posted by Frank Ortiz||
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.
|E-Club joins Rotary District 5240||Posted by Sharon Girod||
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
|Council on Legislation 2013||Posted by Sharon Girod||
2013 Council on Legislation Representative
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.
For more information visit the Council on Legislation webpage.
|A Few Words from DG Wade||Posted by Wade Nomura||
Congratulations 2010-12 Club President and all District 5240 Rotarians for an Outstanding Year!
|Have you seen this car?||
The opening salvo of the Public Relations Campaign occurred July 4 with the wrapping of Deepa's car.