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STEPS Conference 2017


STEPS 2017 is Coming!

 January 28, 2017 at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks
For more information and registration, see  www.rotarystepsonpoverty.org
This year STEPS will highlight Human Trafficking, an issue affecting people in poverty here and around the world.  Keynote speakers are Opal Singleton, author of Seduced, The Grooming of America’s Teenagers, and Dr. M.D. Kinoti, a professor at Regis University who grew up on a tea farm in Kenya.  Opal has trained thousands of government officials and school administrators about Human Trafficking.  Dr. Kinoti is active in international community development, working with Farm Concern to address poverty in Africa.  These presentations will inspire and help you understand how to protect youth and break the cycle of poverty.
Breakout sessions are designed to empower youth and increase understanding of the issues of poverty and how to develop sustainable humanitarian projects.  STEPS will also include exhibits by non-profit organizations and Rotary clubs, and a Speed Project Fair, a fast paced exchange of project ideas.
STEPS 2017 will deliver the inspiration, connections and information to help you make a difference in communities here and around the world!  STEPS is free to D5240 Rotarians.  For more information and registration, see  www.rotarystepsonpoverty.org
STEPS Conference 2017 2016-10-26 07:00:00Z
Zone 26 Public Image Resources
Zone 26 Public Image Resources
Hello from Zone 26!
We have had a busy year, crafting and rolling out tools and resources for you to use to improve your club's public message!
The following 'how-to' articles and videos will show you an easy step by step process for accomplishing many of your goals.
You will be able to understand and package your entries for the Presidential Citation. You will be able to navigate and locate useful tools in Rotary Club Central.
And you can begin promoting your club website, as well as enter your Foundation Reporting -- just to name a few!
When you go to the website choose 'News & Resources'. This area will provide you with many videos and how-to articles to help you.
In the right-hand navigation you can subscribe to receive each new article directly to your email inbox when it is published.
Some highlights from News & Resources: Click on the links below for videos and info
Michael Boyer
Zone 26 Rotary Public Image Coordinator
Mobile: (805) 471-7954
Zone 26 Public Image Resources 2016-10-25 07:00:00Z
Priority 1! Seminars Priority 1! Seminars 2016-10-20 07:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Auction
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Auction
Win a 6-day luxury week in Santa Barbara at the Belmont El Encanto Hotel, or a luxury ski vacation in Vail at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa.  Thanks to generous donations, each prize includes fine dining, valuable perqs, and amazing activities.  
We are cooperating with the Vail Symposium to conduct this raffle.  Half of the proceeds from both raffles will go to our Foundation which funds the many service activities our club undertakes to improve our community and the world.  I hope you’ll enter to win either or both luxury vacations at www.getawayraffle.com.
A single entry donation is $25, or 5 for $100. You can enter until November 14, 2016; winning ticket is drawn on November 15th.  
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Auction 2016-10-20 07:00:00Z
District Conference Photos 2016
also, for the Photo Booth Pics with the Fairy Godmothers please click to the next page
District Conference Photos 2016 2016-10-15 07:00:00Z
Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort Information
Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort Information
Special Message from District Governor, District 7020, Haresh L. Ramchandani
Friends, I know we have all been watching, and in some cases, been directly affected as Hurricane Matthew has made a devastating impact across Rotary District 7020. We are grateful that most of us were spared, however as we know South Western Haiti and the Bahamas took direct hits.
Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort Information 2016-10-11 07:00:00Z
Colombia Projects Fair 2017
Announcing the 2nd Annual Cartagena- Colombia Projects Fair
February 3, 4, 5, 2017 in Colombia
The projects fair is organized by Rotary Districts 4271 and 4281 and will take place in Colombia. Rotarians are encouraged to attend and explore various projects planned by clubs in Colombia. The fair provides an opportunity to participate with clubs in Colombia for a Global Grant.
Please contact:
Conejo Valley Rotary Club
Past-President 2006-07,2010-11
International Chair 2015-16-2016-17
(805) 402-2370
Colombia Projects Fair 2017 2016-10-06 07:00:00Z
Taste of Ojai Event
The Rotary Club of Ojai presents its 16th Annual "Taste of Ojai on the beautiful 10th Green at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Sunday October 23,  from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Festivities include tastings of local food and libations, silent auction, live music & dancingEvery year the Rotary Club of Ojai's premier fund raising event coupled with interest earned from the Rotary Club of Ojai Educational Foundation’s endowment provide more than $100,000 that is distributed as scholarships to graduating students in the Ojai Valley, as grants to local non-profit community organizations, and to several international service activities. Because of the Taste of Ojai event alone, each Spring a minimum of 25 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors entering college, university or trade school.
Taste of Ojai Event 2016-10-06 07:00:00Z
Congratulations! Brenda Cressey named TRF Trustee
Congratulations! Brenda Cressey named TRF Trustee!
Brenda Cressey is currently serving in her third year as the Rotary International Zone 26 Endowment/Major Gift Adviser for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and has been named TRF Trustee 2017-2021.
Congratulations! Brenda Cressey named TRF Trustee 2016-09-30 07:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Ventura Color Run
The Rotary Club of Ventura Color Run 2016
Hi Fellow Rotarian,
I am with Rotary Club of Ventura- Downtown and would like to share with the district and event we are helping with here in town.
The link to the event is:
This year's Color Run event is approaching and I am looking for some volunteers to help out again.  The event will be held Oct 15th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. 
Rotary Club of Ventura Color Run 2016-09-28 07:00:00Z
Guatemala Medical Clinic
Downtown Ventura Rotary Club donates to Guatemala Medical Clinic

Club maintains connections with Rainforest Clinic


Ventura, CA - The Downtown Rotary Club led by President Betsy Chess, announced the second year of continued support of the remote medical clinic in central Guatemala.  The club’s International Services team is being supported this year by assistant director Marty Armstrong and member Joe Schaaf.  They will be transporting club donated medical supplies and equipment to a medical clinic in the small rural town of Santo Tomas la Union, Suchitepequez, Guatemala located 3.5 hours west of Guatemala City.  The team will be heading to the clinic Sept 23rd-26th and look forward to sharing with our fellow Rotarians the journal of our travels and how Ventura Rotarians are making a difference in rural Central America.


The clinic is run by an American physician, Zachary Self, MD, who completed his medical school at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN and his residency training at the Ventura Family Medicine Residency in Ventura, CA.  The clinic’s doors opened in 2015 and begin providing a preferential option of accessible high quality modern healthcare to the region.  

Guatemala Medical Clinic 2016-09-28 07:00:00Z
Grant for Underprivileged Youth in Jaguariuna, Brazil
Grant for Underprivileged Youth in Jaguariuna, Brazil
The Matching Grant done in Rotary year 2012-13 where the Rotary Club of Moorpark was the International Partner and when Scott Farrenkopf was President to setup a career center for under privileged youth in Jaguariuna, Brazil has progressed beyond what any of us would have imagined. This career center has turned into a Rotary sponsored private high tech. cooperative high school paired with local businesses. The students go half a day to school and half a day to work (and get paid which means a great deal to the families).
The Rotary Club of Jaguariuna covered the equipment with our help via the MG, their Foundation covers the building, and the local business partners they lined up cover the teacher's salaries. This school is top notch and is considered much better than the public school for both teachers (who are paid better) and computers (which we helped supply).
Grant for Underprivileged Youth in Jaguariuna, Brazil 2016-09-10 07:00:00Z
District Governor Nick Frankle's Message
In Celebration of Education and Literacy Month 
As children start back to school, we celebrate Education and Literacy Month in September.  District 5240 is a leader in supporting education and literacy programs in our local communities and communities around the world.  In the Rotary Year just completed, our district gave more than $100,000 in scholarships to enable people to attend four year colleges, community colleges and vocational training programs.  Clubs have adopted schools and provide time, talent and treasure to enhance the educational opportunities provided to the students.  We mentor students young and old in reading skills.  We read aloud to the young children in our community to increase their love of reading.  In fact, one of my favorite speaker gifts has been the opportunity to inscribe “best wishes for good reading” in books that will be donated to a school library. 
District Governor Nick Frankle's Message 2016-08-31 07:00:00Z
Simi Sunset Club Announces a Wine Club!
 Join the Simi Sunset Club for their Kick-Off  Wine Tasting Event!
Simi Sunset Club Announces a Wine Club! 2016-08-29 07:00:00Z
Back to School Backpacks for Conejo Valley Schools
Rotary clubs assemble backpacks
for Conejo Valley students
Great story in the Ventura County Star about four Conejo valley Rotary Clubs working together to help students go back to school prepared.
Rotary clubs including Westlake Village, Westlake Sunrise, Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley gathered recently to fill backpacks with school supplies for students.
Click Here for the story and video-
Back to School Backpacks for Conejo Valley Schools 2016-08-22 07:00:00Z
Officer Tom Carney Honored by Simi Valley Sunrise Club

Simi Valley Sunrise Club Honors Officer Tom Carney with a Paul Harris Fellow

In Appreciation for His Work Within Simi Valley


Simi Valley, CA -- Simi Valley Police Officer Tom Carney was recognized recently as a Paul Harris Fellow in special appreciation for the ways in which his life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is one of the largest and most important programs of Rotary. Without the Foundation, Rotary could not continue its many humanitarian programs and its efforts to promote world understanding and peace.

Officer Tom Carney Honored by Simi Valley Sunrise Club 2016-08-22 07:00:00Z
Paws for a Cause Update
Letter from Gil Igleheart, District Assistant Governor, Group 11 West
We now have Vandenberg AFB helping with our efforts! Major Steve Edstrom and his assistants will be promoting and helping with the awareness of the effects that dogs have on our Veterans with PTSD. We all want to help stop the 22 or greater number of Veterans that are committing suicide daily...This will be of great help to  the Santa Barbara Rotary clubs. for the Veterans in Santa Barbara County.
We are very happy to announce another great supporter... Applebee's International! On Wednesday August 31, the two restaurants in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo will donate 15% of all meals (5-8PM) back to PFAC. Please support this great relationship that we have with them and our Veterans.
Paws for a Cause Update 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z
San Luis Obispo "Homes of Distinction" Tour
"Homes of Distinction" Tour brought to you by the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club
September 18 is your one-day opportunity to view five beautiful and unique homes in and around San Luis Obispo. Tour a cottage by the sea, the historic Avila house, a home built in a metal barn, a Victorian built in 1899, and a home inspired by a trip to Italy. Grab a friend and get ready for a wonderful afternoon as you help support the charities of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo. A brochure and tickets are available at www.slorotary.org.
Rotary Contact: Wilda Rosene, wildarosene@gmail.com, 805-546-8806
Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/179066165
San Luis Obispo "Homes of Distinction" Tour 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z
PRLS Schedule and More!
Click on the Flyer to download and distribute to your club!
MPRLS Weekend: October 7-9, 2016
You may take one Master PRLS (MPRLS) class or all five in one weekend!
Class cost is $60 each or $250 for the weekend - a savings of $50
[Recommend previous completion of Introduction to Rotary]
Register at by: Monday, October 1, 2016
At: http://www.rotarydistrict5240.org/SitePage/prls

3:00 – 7:00 PM Leadership
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
8:00 – Noon Facilitation Skills
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Projects and Grants
8:00 – Noon Communications
All participants will be provided a PRLS binder and thumb drive
PRLS Schedule and More! 2016-08-17 07:00:00Z
Biking, Brews, & BBQ Ride

Biking, Brews & BBQ Ride

The Biking, Brews & BBQ Ride will be on Saturday September 24, 2016.  This year's ride begins at the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club.  The ride is open to individuals, families and teams, with courses for all levels: 5, 20, 56, and 100 mile events.  The post-event BBQ will be prepared by the Pleasant Valley Lions Club with craft beers from local micro-breweries.

Ride organizer Debbie Herrera says "This will be a fun event with some of the same routes used in this year's Tour of California."  This is the 3rd annual ride organized by the Camarillo Rotary Club.

For the latest information and to register, go to  www.camarillorotaryridingforserviceaboveself.com or contact Debbie Herrera at debbie@dherreranpservicespc.com or 805/509-1961

Biking, Brews, & BBQ Ride 2016-08-15 07:00:00Z
Welcome to District 5240
Welcome to Rotary District 5240 serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
and Kern counties in California.
We are 3500 professional, business and civic leaders who meet regularly to get to know each other, form friendships and exchange ideas that enable us to make a difference in our local community and in communities around the globe.
We invest our time, talent and treasure performing projects that improve our communities, supporting the many non-profit organizations that serve our communities, and providing leadership and scholarship opportunities to our youth.
We reach out to communities around the world to form partnerships that change lives.
Welcome to District 5240 2016-08-01 07:00:00Z
District Governor Nick Frankle's Message
Imagine your community without Rotary. 
Who would feed the homeless? Who would stock the shelves of your food banks?  Who would provide medicines and funding for diagnostic tests to your free clinics? Who would provide a disadvantaged child with their first backpack, a special meal at Thanksgiving or the chance to go shopping at Christmas to buy presents for their family? Who would mentor your youth and celebrate your senior citizens? Where else would the non-profits in your area find the extra time, talent and treasure needed to accomplish their goals?  What other organization would offer leadership training to high school students through programs like Interact and RYLA and then provide the scholarships to help them live their dreams? 
August is Membership Month.  Take time this month to look around your community and make your own list of the good being done every day by you  and your Rotary club – then share it with your friends and business acquaintances. Invite them to join you at a meeting, a social or a project. Wear your Rotary pin proudly and always be able to answer the question “why are you a Rotarian?”  Make sure that your Facebook page, LinkedIn page and email signature identify you as a proud member of your Rotary club. 
You are Rotary’s best ambassadors.  Think of how much more your Rotary club could accomplish with one more member.  Make a commitment to yourself and to your club to invite one person to a Rotary event. 
Sometime in the past someone gave you the gift of Rotary.  This membership month pass that gift on to someone else.  It is the one gift that lasts a lifetime.
District Governor Nick Frankle's Message 2016-08-01 07:00:00Z
President Elect (PE) Retreat Sept. 16-17, 2016 -Register Now!
Registration is now open for all Presidents Elect to register for the President Elect Retreat on Friday, September 16, 2016 – Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria. Click on the link below to register. Please be sure to select your choices of breakout sessions during the retreat as part of your registration.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER----PE Retreat Registration Link
Rooms are available at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria at a reduced rate of $120 per night (plus tax). Click the link below for the
hotel website to reserve your room and use the following special rate code:
In the reservation section, click on the box that says “More Search Options” and enter the rate code ROT916 to get the special PE Retreat rate.
President Elect (PE) Retreat Sept. 16-17, 2016 -Register Now! 2016-07-22 07:00:00Z
Dog Days of Summer Golf Classic

We Double Dog Dare You to Support Our Upcoming Dog Days Golf Tournament

An event benefiting the Simi Valley Police Community Safety and Education programs, the Simi Valley Police K-9 Team, and the
Simi Sunrise Rotary Charitable Foundation
The 23rd Annual Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise and Simi Valley Police Foundation Dog Days of Summer Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 1 at Moorpark Country Club promises to be more exciting than ever! 
The community is invited to participate in a fun day of golf, barks and lots of memories with friends and associates all to benefit the Simi Valley Police Community Safety and education programs, the Simi Valley Police K-9 Team,and the Simi Sunrise Rotary Charitable Foundation. 
Dog Days of Summer Golf Classic 2016-07-20 07:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Cayucos Golf Cart Fundraiser
6 Passenger Golf Cart Raffle!
Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside is raffling off a street legal, 6 passenger, electric golf cart with Blue Tooth sound system. This is one of their 2 annual fundraisers. Only 600 tickets are made available to be purchased by donating to the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside Foundation at PO Box  275 , Cayucos, CA 92430. Last year’s winner was from Wasco, CA. All proceeds go to Rotary projects and programs. (see Cayucos Rotary website for project & program details) Tickets are $100 each and are tax deductible. The drawing is held December 10th downtown Cayucos at the Rotary Club’s Santa Cottage at 7:00pm. What a great Christmas gift! Please join in and help the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside reach their fundraising goal for this year. For more information contact Steve Geil, President at 805.900.5221.
Rotary Club of Cayucos Golf Cart Fundraiser 2016-07-19 07:00:00Z
Want to Share your Rotary Events and Projects on TV?
Showcase them on “Rotary Serving Our Community”, a weekly TV show that airs on public access
in Santa Barbara and is also available
online 24/7 at www.WeAreRotary.TV
for everyone to see.
Contact Wade Nomura at: Wade@WeAreRotary.TV
www.WeAreRotary.TV 2016-07-09 07:00:00Z
EPIC Challenge Ventura County EPIC Challenge Ventura County 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z
Welcome to the Newest Club in District 5240... RC of Carpinteria Sunset
The Rotary Club of Carpinteria Sunset, California, USA, was admitted to membership in Rotary International on 29 June 2016.
Congratulations to Charter President Gary Bright and Charter Club Secretary Stefanie Harrington.  The club is chartering with 25 members and will be meeting on the first and third Wednesday evenings at 6pm (location forthcoming).
Welcome to the Newest Club in District 5240... RC of Carpinteria Sunset Jim Bell 2016-06-29 07:00:00Z
Erskine Fire Assistance
Our District has 'passed the hat' many times in support of providing relief during disasters around our globe.  This time, the need is in our own back yard.  I ask that you please consider 'passing the hat' at your next couple of Club Meetings, or making a contribution on your own in support of the needs that have came from the disaster effects of the 'Erskine Fire' still raging in eastern Kern County.
One of our District 5240 Clubs, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley, has set up a relief fund for this purpose.  You may want to send contributions directly to them, or another Rotary Club or Disaster Service group that are involved with relief efforts in the area.  
Erskine Fire Assistance Frank Ortiz 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z
September 1, 2016 Literacy Month Story
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month
Bakersfield East Gives Backpacks to the Community Youth
For over 15 years, Bakersfield East Rotary Club has partnered with other nonprofit community organizations to provide support to children who are homeless, foster or low income youth. Our first effort was to provide 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to The Bakersfield Homeless Center for their student residents. As the years have gone by we have continued to expand this program to include not only the Homeless Center but also C.A.S.A of Kern County, The Boys and Girls Club, The Forgotten Initiative, Rotaract and Interact projects along with three elementary schools.  This year Bakersfield East Rotary Club will donate 1,000 backpacks adding to the thousands donated over those many years. Partnering with other nonprofits to fill the backpacks allows for community awareness of Rotary though our local media and the other company’s volunteers. Our member’s children love this event returning year after year to hand out backpacks and put a smile on those less fortunate faces.
Ojai Rotary Readers Program
Over the last several years, the Rotary Club of Ojai has provided volunteers who devote 1 to 4 hours per week helping students in Ojai Unified School District elementary schools learn to be better readers.
The program works like this:  Ten volunteers devote a minimum of one hour once a week to a specific classroom.  The teachers identify those students who are struggling to master reading and the volunteer gives undivided attention to those students, helping with reading comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation etc.  Typically, a volunteer will work one-on-one, or with a small handful of students, under the supervision of a professional teacher. The goal is to get students to become life-long readers and is in place at all four OUSD Elementary schools.
According to the volunteers, the hours devoted to helping students read and read better are enormously gratifying. As one volunteer remarked “…it is really wonderful when a mom stops me in Vons and tells me how much her child is enjoying reading”.
Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave and who taught himself to read, said, “…once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”  If you are interested in learning more on this program, please call Randy Roth, Rotary Club of Ojai at 805 798 3925 or email randyroth@roadrunner.com
Rotary Club of Simi Sunset 
“Shoes for Little Souls”

Every year, we provide a shopping spree for underprivileged children at Kohl’s Department Store in Simi Valley. The children are selected by the local Samaritan Center. This year we helped 18 children shop for new clothes and school supplies. CLICK HERE for full presentation

September 1, 2016 Literacy Month Story 2016-06-25 07:00:00Z
2015-16 District 5240 Awards
On Saturday, June 25, 2015, Rotarians from District 5240 gathered at the Moorpark Country Club for the 2015-16 District Awards and District Governor Step Down Luncheon. The following awards were presented:

Best Overall Club of the Year - CAMBRIA

2015-16 District 5240 Awards 2016-06-25 07:00:00Z
Rotary International Convention - Atlanta 2017
At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, President Arch Klumph spoke about his dream of creating a Rotary endowment fund. A century later, we're celebrating The Rotary Foundation and all the good work Rotarians have been able to do since then -- because one man dared to dream.
We're offering an extra-special early registration rate of $265 for the 2017 Rotary Convention, in honor of Arch Klumph's 6 June birthday, and the $26.50 first contribution to Rotary's endowment.
Join us in Atlanta next June. Register and pay today, because this special price of $265 is good only until 6 June 2016.
Rotary International Convention - Atlanta 2017 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Register Now - DG Jim's Farewell Bash
As mentioned by DG Jim above and addressed in the May newsletter, everyone is invited to the biggest barn raising this side of Bakersfield – the District 5240 Awards and DG Stepdown Shindig! Trot on over to the Moorpark Country Club on Saturday, June 25 to munch on some vittles, do some whoopin' & hollerin', and lastly help Jim into the saddle as we "give him the boot". Be sure to let us know iffin yer comin' so we have enough grub. Western dress encouraged.
Register now by clicking here or using the link in the flyer below.
Register Now - DG Jim's Farewell Bash Deb Linden 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Young Leaders Summit in Seoul
Do you recognize any of these Rotarians/Rotaractors? They were chosen to represent our District at the Young Leaders Summit in Seoul, South Korea on Friday, May 27th and then attend their very first Rotary International Convention in Seoul. Here they are having just arrived in Seoul and having their first meal together. We are so proud of them! They are... Dominique Bredeson (RC of San Luis Obispo), Jonathan Broida (Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara), Rene Martinez (RC of Buellton), Shane Nazareth (Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara), and David Vo (RC of Santa Barbara Sunrise).
Young Leaders Summit in Seoul Jim Bell 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Members of Four Local Rotary Clubs on Medical Mission to Nicaragua
The following article appeared in the Santa Ynez Valley News on November 17, 2015:
Members of the Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc and San Luis Obispo Rotary Clubs have returned home from a medical mission to Nicaragua where they served the communities of Ciudad Sandino and Nueva Vida.

The delegation worked at the Nueva Vida Clinic from Oct. 26-30, supporting the overworked and underfunded local staff by seeing hundreds of patients daily and bringing in needed medical supplies. The Clinic was established in 1999 in response to a refugee resettlement program after Hurricane Mitch devastated parts of Nicaragua and Honduras. The resulting barrio houses thousands of poor families. The Clinic serves those in the barrio and in the nearby community of Ciudad Sandino. 
Linda Johansen, International Chair for the Solvang Rotary, organized the trip of 17 members. 

Dr. Art Kaslow, Yomaira De Leon and Pat Gimmer worked in the dentistry unit. They treated over 80 patients and performed over 85 procedures. 

The cardiac unit, with Dr. Claudio Bonometti and Jose Adorno, treated more than 200 patients and also donated a $10,000 electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, while Max Jensen performed over 200 EKGs. 

Dr. Dennis Bales and Ron Jones, in the ophthalmology unit, saw over 80 patients providing eye exams and glasses that would otherwise not have been affordable to patients whose average income is less than $2 per day. 

Carol Anders, retired RN, and Tom Bormes, handled triage and check-in. 

Norm and Jan Clevenger and Johansen worked in the pharmacy saving staff 120 hours and dispensing $5,000 worth of medicines. 

Rob Klug, Rich Saferite and Joe Brown helped service the Clinic's construction needs by assembling rebar for a new building, digging trenches, extending a suction line to the new surgical unit, installing a roof air duct for suction housing, laying tile in the surgical unit, and providing over 120 hours of manual labor while sharing their skills with the staff. 

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and Atterdag Village of Solvang provided many of the medical supplies the Rotary team took with them to Nueva Vida Clinic. 

"We all returned home emotionally and physically exhausted but with touching memories of service to these lovely people," said Johansen.
Members of Four Local Rotary Clubs on Medical Mission to Nicaragua 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Loads of Fun – And A Great Fundraiser, Too!
The 40th annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off & Classic Car Show was held on April 24th, and it was a rousing success. When you can get to the 40th annual of ANYTHING, that’s pretty special – when it’s a Rotary fundraiser that’s gone this long, that’s extra special – and when 100% of the proceeds go to local charities, you’ve got an event that goes to the top of the “must-go-to” list.
For the first time, this well-attended event was held at Conejo Creek Park North, right across the street from our previous venue.  We couldn’t have found a better location. The sprawling park grounds with its trails, bridges, meandering creek and sparkling lake was the perfect setting. If it was too warm for some, there was the shade of the tall oak trees and covered picnic areas. A cool partly cloudy morning gave way to bright blue skies and a gorgeous sunny afternoon.
So while being a great fundraiser in spectacular surroundings, it was loads of fun, too. With plenty of tasty chili, great food and drink, an endless array of classic cars, a spirited Kids Zone, and three stages of non-stop music and entertainment, one would be hard pressed to find anyone not smiling.
With “chili” in the name, you’d be correct in assuming the amount chili to sample would be bountiful. More than forty chili booths had lines snaking everywhere. An International Chili Society (ICS) sanctioned event, the cooks took their chili seriously. Between the ICS approved judges, and the general public as critics, there were hard choices to make with the peak quality of chili on display.
The line-up of Classic cars was no less impressive. When you see the parade of cars with ages that span several decades, you know these car owners have good reason to be beaming. When you see the endless polishing with some car aficionados using Q-tips to be extra pristine, you know you’re not just looking at older, restored cars, but ones with a rich history and a pride of ownership.
Then there was the music. Three stages to be exact. Run by the two sponsoring Rotary Clubs, and the popular destination, Borderline Bar & Grill, the music went on throughout the day. From several local favorite bands to the greatly anticipated featured group, Cover 2 Cover (covering all the hits, of course), an abundance of good vibes were spread all around. To close out the day, throngs delighted to the sounds of SouthBound, one of the best Allman Brothers tribute bands in the country.
In between the music there was a fashion show and a troupe of Shakespearean players. And we can’t forget the day’s opening with the Thousand Oaks High School marching band.
What else? There was the endless fun for the younger crowd at the Kids Zone. There were the bungie running, the inflatable climbing bounce house that resembled a horse, the petting zoo, the face painting, the ring toss, and the arts & crafts, just to name a few (or in this case, a lot). And we know the Kids Zone was also appreciated by the parents, as well.
The triumph of this family-fun event was achieved through the tireless efforts (maybe we’re a little tired) of the all-volunteer teams that are comprised of members and friends of the Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley Rotary Clubs. Add to that the generous support of a multitude of local sponsors eager to give back to their community, and you’ve got a recipe for great success. For those that helped and participated, you have a lot to be proud of.
And for those that missed it, there’s always next year – Sunday, April 30th, 2017 to be exact.
Loads of Fun – And A Great Fundraiser, Too! Marc Feigen 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Paws For A Cause News
We traveled to the Los Olivos Rotary Club on the 19th of May. This was our second meeting with the club and we renewed  our friendships. John Mathews, President-elect was very gracious and gave us a presidental welcome. We spoke about all the updates that we have encountered within the last month. Some of these are still shocking to us...Applebee’s  restaurant chain has offered to let us do pancake breakfasts and we pay them a nominal fee and we keep the rest. We can also pass out flyers to different clubs and they give them to their server and Paws receives 15% of the bill, no alcohol involved! This can happen once a week, for over 600 restaurants...as long as we can get the Rotary Clubs in these areas on board. You pass out the flyers, go to dinner on a specific night, and Paws gets the monies.  Most of these involved us using Interact kids and we give them half the profit. They love helping Paws! We have done two BBQs with them, both at Minors Hardware, one in Morro Bay and the other in Los Osos. They, Applebee's, saw one of our brochures and THEY called us...the word is getting out.
We also went to Paso Robles Rotary in May and one Rotarian, who is connected to Idler's Home Center, is doing a Fundraiser during the Memorial Day Weekend.  A percentage of these funds goes right to acquire the dogs.  How nice is this...thank you to the Idler Family! We are making headway in the prison system...15 (trained) inmates training 6 dogs, 24/5.  The other two days they go home with the staff for socialization. Another organization that has stepped up is Lemos Feed.  We have donation jars and brochures in Morro Bay and Los Osos, and plan on getting them in the other 12 stores. These stores are located from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. We are just waiting for approval from the managers, as they have some input, especially if they already have a local benefit on-going.  All good news! Much more on these as they continue to develop. We also were speakers at the Community Health Faire and received two more speaking engagements from that event.
On a different note, we are making some headway but we are running out of trainers! So, we decided to contact Cuesta and Hancock Colleges to see if they are interested in doing a College program.  There is only one university in the world that teaches Cynology- the studies of Canines. This will take awhile to become a reality but our Veterans are worth the time! 
One of our contacts is from Vandenberg Air Force Base. We will be helping our Rotarians from Santa Barbara County to help put a dog and veteran together there. We have had numerous leads from there and have a commitment from them for money, veterans and fundraisers...stay tuned for more! We are very excited about our progress... we have only had this up and running since September of last year and have had a major impact in this area...both financially and more importantly, we’ve had an impact with our VETERANS!
We, Paws for a Cause, want to personally thank Neil Walker and Scott Phillips who were encouraging and helpful getting these newsletters out to YOU!   Thanks from the bottom of our hearts!
For more information see: www.Pawsforacauseca.org  or call Gil Igleheart @ 805-710-0332
Paws For A Cause News Gil Igleheart 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Camarillo - Hap Rapp Track Meet
The Hap Rapp Track Meet is a Camarillo tradition.  Rotarian Hap Rapp founded the meet for aspiring young athletes 54 years ago. This year the meet will be on Saturday, May 21 at the Adolfo Camarillo High School Track, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo.  The meet is designed for 4th through 8th graders to discover their athletic ability.  Over 300 students from 14 schools are expected to participate.  Events include the 50-, 75-, and 100-yard dashes, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, relays and distance races.  Trophies and ribbons will be presented and high scores will be posted online at www.episports.com
Los Altos School athletes at the Hap Rapp Track Meet in the early days with Rotarian Bill Bauer.
Camarillo - Hap Rapp Track Meet 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Santa Barbara Rotaract - Flower Empower
I would like to tell you about our Flower Empower event that we as a Rotaract club participated in. 
Flower Empower is a volunteer-driven program put on by the Dream Foundation where volunteers spend the morning building bouquet arrangements for people who are in need. Volunteers then deliver the flower arrangements to hospitals, hospice care, cancer centers, and personal addresses. The purpose of this program is to let people who are in the places described know that they are not alone, and that their community cares. Referrals for recipients of the flowers are provided by cancer centers, doctors, hospice officials, and doctors.
For more information, please feel free to contact:
Jonathan Broida, President
Santa Barbara Rotaract
Santa Barbara Rotaract - Flower Empower Jonathan Broida, Santa Barbara Rotaract 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Goings-On With Atascadero Interact
The Atascadero High School Interact Club started with a clean slate this year, with a new faculty advisor, a new Rotary advisor and many new student members.  Faculty advisor Mike Melzer got us off to a great start by recruiting a membership of 24 students, up from about 10 last year.  More than half of the members are freshmen, which bodes well for the livelihood of the club for years to come.  Even the club president is a freshman, Haddie Daner, daughter of Atascadero Rotarian, Adam. 
This year’s Interact group has been both ambitious and vibrant from the get-go.  Every week, club members bring new community service ideas to the table and work diligently on projects in progress.  This year’s activities have included campus trash clean-ups, a beach clean-up, participation in the Atascadero Color Run, and fundraising such as holding on-campus bake sales and leaving jars in every classroom for students to donate spare change.  Additionally, Interact members got involved with Atascadero’s Rotarians by auctioning Valentine’s Day desserts, waiting tables at the Crab Feed and they will be serving ice cream alongside Rotarians during Children’s Day at the Park later this month.  Atascadero Interact intends to donate 100% of its fundraising proceeds of approximately $2,000 to the North County Humane Society.
If Atascadero High Interact had one defining moment this year, it would be the remarkable turn-out at the Cal Poly women’s basketball game in late February.  All Rotary-, Interact- and Rotaract Clubs on the Central Coast were invited, and the organizers promised recognition for the clubs with the most members in attendance.  Not only did Atascadero High Interact win the competition- they actually had more representation than every other club COMBINED.  This was a shining example of how dedicated these kids are.
Goings-On With Atascadero Interact 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Ojai Wine Festival Celebrating 30 Years June 12, 2016 at Lake Casitas 12-4pm
Thirty years ago the Rotary Club of Ojai-West launched a small wine tasting event for Ojai Valley residents. From this humble beginning, the Ojai Wine Festival has grown into a leading regional event attracting nearly 4,000 people from throughout California and beyond. Overlooking beautiful Lake Casitas, this idyllic venue is perfect to showcase over 60 wineries and 30 craft beers.
The Ojai Wine Festival is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ojai-West Foundation, which has raised over $1,000,000.00 since inception. Help us continue our fundraising legacy and purchase tickets to contribute in our premier event. Buy your tickets early and save $10 on General Admission, ($60 event day). General Admission includes a keepsake crystal wine glass, unlimited tastes of wine or beer, live music and free boat rides. Children under 13 years gain free entry into the General Admission area only with a paid adult, 10-20% Group discounts available.
VIP admission includes all benefits of general admission + early 11:30 am entry, premium shaded lakefront seating. Solely offered in the VIP Lounge is a supreme selection of fine wines and craft beers, fine liquors and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres. VIP pre-sale tickets are $120 and $150 on event day. You must be 21 years old to enter. For details contact Angela May at 1(800) 648-4881 or Angela@ojaiwinefestival.com. Visit OjaiWineFestival.com for more information and to purchase tickets.  Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Angela May
Ojai Wine Festival Executive Director
Mobile: (805) 798-7902
Office: (805) 646-3794
Ojai Wine Festival Celebrating 30 Years June 12, 2016 at Lake Casitas 12-4pm Angela May, Ojai Wine Festival Executive Director 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Camarillo - Scholarship Award Presentations
The Rotary Club of Camarillo awarded college scholarships to nine deserving students on May 25, 2016.  Applications were invited from schools in the Camarillo area, including the two main high schools, the continuing education schools, the community college and CSUCI.  We are happy to announce that:
The Bill Kohagen Memorial Scholarship goes to Arielle Mendoza from Adolfo Camarillo High School.
The Tish Taylor Vocational Scholarship goes to Collin Kirksey from ACHS.
The Elaine Petterson Turnaround Scholarship goes to Christine Khann Le from Frontier High School.
The CSUCI Rotaract Student Scholarship goes to Mirna Garcia.
The Active Interact Student Scholarship goes to Samantha Tovar from ACHS.
The Phillip Gore Scholarship goes to Idalis Daisy Perez from Gateway High School. 
The Michael Lavenant Memorial Scholarship goes to Noah Amerault from ACHS.
The Scott Family Memorial Vocational Scholarship goes to Marissa Gonzales from ACHS.
The College Re-entry Scholarship goes to Julieanne Flores at Oxnard Community College.
Camarillo Rotary makes a special effort to award scholarships to students who exemplify the Rotary motto of "Service above Self."  The Scholarship Committee interviews each candidate to see how they are involved in helping others in the community.  
"Grades are important," says Past President Max Copenhagen, "but those with a need and a record of community service are considered favorably in our evaluation".
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders providing humanitarian service and building goodwill.  Rotarians have served the needs of communities worldwide since 1905.  Rotary clubs meet in Camarillo on Tuesdays for breakfast and on Wednesdays at noon.  For more information about Rotary, see www.camarillorotary.org.
Rotary Club of Camarillo - Scholarship Award Presentations Max Copenhagen 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
The Human Toll of Polio Eradication
The iconic polio story, a story told often and told well, makes a deserving headline. Rotary and its partners have achieved success beyond measure … success that should be shared far and wide, in every language and throughout the world. We can be proud of the results: only 76 wild polio cases in the world last year. We can be proud of the mobilization as the WHO leads an eradication effort that blankets the globe. We can be proud of the fundraising as all the partners including Rotary and Rotarians, WHO, governments, Bill Gates and others consistently meet the financial needs of the Polio Campaign.
BUT, as the world celebrates, we must not forget that the price for polio eradication is more than money. The headlines on January 13, 2016, read “Suicide attack … in southwest Pakistan kills 15, mostly policemen”. This hints at the rest of the story. So let us remind ourselves of the human cost to polio eradication. The January 13 murders, like so many terrorist attacks and tragedies in our world, were on the front page of the newspapers one day and gone the next in favor of another story. It’s easy to tell ourselves that the attacks happened somewhere else, somewhere over there, allowing us to gloss over this tragic cost … allowing us to numb ourselves to the result.
We must remind ourselves: No matter how noble the cause, the loss of even one life matters. And this was not a unique event: There were similar headlines on December 29, 2015, one life in Afghanistan; March 11, 2014, 11 lives in Pakistan; March 17, 2014, two more; February 2014, four lives in Pakistan; February 2013, nine lives in Nigeria ; and there have been many more. In Pakistan alone there have been almost 100 murders associated with the polio campaign. In addition to the killings, polio workers and their families are targeted with death threats, harassment and blackmail causing disruption to families. See link http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150303-poliopakistan-islamic-state-refugees-vaccination-health/
It’s critical to remember the commitment and sacrifice made by the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria to help the world finish the eradication effort. I am not sure how we value their contribution. What’s a human life worth? What are 100 human lives worth? Clearly, the costs have not only been money but also human life and suffering.
So, if I debate with myself about a donation to PolioPlus … if I wonder if my donation should be $10 or $100 or $10,000 … then I should also wonder about the deaths of over 100 Afghans, Nigerians and Pakistanis. I should also wonder how their commitment to polio has affected their lives, their families and their communities. I should wonder how my financial gift will honor their sacrifice.
There is no doubt that we must stay focused on the goal of a polio free world, Rotary’s number one priority. We must stay committed to the children of the world. At the same time, we need to remember and be thankful for those, past, present and future, who have sacrificed their lives, rights and freedom for a polio-free world. They truly are a gift to the world … and we must never forget!
The Human Toll of Polio Eradication Pat Killoran, Zone 24 West End Polio Now Coordinator 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Polio Report
Polio Committee and Fellow Rotarians,
Preparing for the WHA: next week, health ministers from around the world will convene in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA). Among other public health topics, delegates will review and discuss the latest global polio epidemiology.
Between April 17 and May 1, the type 2 component of oral polio vaccine (OPV) was removed from use through a globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine. This was the first stage objective 2 of the Polio Eradication and End Game Strategic Plan 2013-2018 to withdraw OPV in a phased manner following the eradication of the wild poliovirus type 2 in September 2015.
Thanks to the efforts of a wide range of stakeholders from Ministries of Health, health workers, volunteers, switch monitors, WGO, UNICEF and partners of the WHO, confirmation has been received that 155 countries have completed the switch.
A reminder, our NID Alumni Luncheon will be held at the Historic Santa Maria Inn on June 11th, from 11am until 2pm. See the flyer below. This will give the NIDers a chance to meet again and just have a good time. PDG Frank Ortiz will be the emcee for the event.
Please pass the word out that this event is going to happen and to encourage their NID Alums to attend. We only have 100 seats so if you want to attend, let me know and I will sign you up.
Yours in Rotary and Polio Eradication,
Jim Lewis
D5240 Polio Committee Chair
Polio Report James Lewis 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Arroyo Grande Rotary Club Sponsors Flag Distribution to South County Schools
The Arroyo Grande Rotary Club recently purchased and presented new US and California State flags to 13 Lucia Mar Unified School District schools. With funds raised by AG Rotary's annual RotaryHarleyRaffle.com fundraiser, the club was able to afford to replace all the tattered flags at 12 schools and the District Office: Grover, Oceano, Dorothea Lang, Harloe, and Dana Elementary Schools, Mesa, Paulding and Judkins Middle Schools and Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, New Tech, and Lopez High Schools.
A staff member at Grover Elementary brought the need for new flags for the school to a Rotarian's attention. The school budget didn't allow for funds to replace the tattered flags. Upon research, AG Rotarians discovered 12 more schools needing new flags and at that point decided to take action.
Since 1945 the Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande has united business, professional and civic leaders for the common good both locally and around the globe. Arroyo Grande Rotarians are well-known for their various philanthropic and community activities including the annual Rotary Fish Fry during the Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival (September 23rd), the Rotary Relays for local Junior High athletes which occurs each May and the annual Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along show (December 18th) at the Clark Center. The club also funds international service projects and provides over $12,000 in college scholarships yearly. Rotary International is the world's largest and most notable philanthropic service organization. The motto of its 1.2 million members is "Service Above Self."
Additional information concerning the Arroyo Grande Rotary Flag program, please contact AG Rotary member, Janet Wood at 805-489-0864. For more info on the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club see: AGRotary.org. See the next article for more information on the Club's 2nd Annual Harley Fundraiser Raffle.
Flag Presentation at Oceano Elementary School
AG Rotary Club members flank 4 Oceano students left to right:
Drew Johnson, Cynthia Ramirez, Cristian Camacho and Jonathan Cervantes
School Principal Michele Johnson is to the immediate left of the students.
Photo Credit: Chris Garey
Margie Drube
RC of Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande Rotary Club Sponsors Flag Distribution to South County Schools Margie Drube 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
2016 Mexico Project Safari and District Conference
Twenty one of our District 5240 members attended the District 4160's final Conference that included a project Safari. This was the largest Safari group ever from our district to attend a Conference in recent years. This was the farewell conference for District 4160 as they will be merging with District 4150 to form the new District 4140. The group was treated to some great hospitality, cultural events and entertainment in the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato. The group was hosted by the San Miguel de Allende Midday club for most of the stay, with other clubs stepping up to make sure our group had a great time. Part of the Safari group went on after the Conference to visit project sites in San Miguel de Allende and nearby Lagos de Moreno. Others went on to visit Patzcuaro, Santa Clara de Cobre, Michoacan, and Salamanca, Guanajuato.
The Conference and partnership of our district and D4160 started back in 1994, with a matching grant project, and became official in 2002 with the signing of an official Sister Districts agreement. This Sister District agreement has been in place ever since, with groups attending each of the District Conferences based on an exchange of the Governor line each year. This partnership has led to many projects being done both in Mexico and here in our district.
The list of attendees included members of many of our clubs: Governor Jim Bell and Donna (Bakersfield Twilight), Governor Elect Nick Frankle and Heather (Westlake Village Sunrise/Simi Sunrise), Past Governor Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith and E Russell (Santa Barbara Sunrise), Past Governor Wade Nomura - who organized the trip (Carpinteria Morning), Chas Wilson and his wife (Simi Sunrise), Anselmo Moreno and his wife (Bakersfield Twilight), Jeni Moore (Bakersfield Twilight), Pam Zulfa (Bakersfield Twilight), Robert Klug (Lompoc), Luz Polcik (Kern River Valley), Pat Connelly and his wife (San Luis Obispo), Joan Faubert and Bernie (San Luis Obispo), Will van Kranenburg (Templeton) and Georgia Vreeken (Templeton).
The Sister District agreement was officially signed by the District leadership again this year confirming the continuation of our two districts fellowship, project partnerships and friendship exchanges and part of our Object of Rotary; The Development of Acquaintances as an Opportunity to Serve. There are plans again for a Project Safari in conjunction with the D4140 District Conference on May 18-20, 2017 in Puerto Vallarta. For more information, contact Wade Nomura at wadedg1112@verizon.net.
2016 Mexico Project Safari and District Conference Wade Nomura 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Moorpark Rotarian Visits India to Offer Medical Assistance
Once again Rotary Club of Moorpark Rotarian Matt Miguelena traveled to India in March and April of 2016 to use his medical expertise to help those in need.
Matt was able to work in several government hospitals, a mobile hospital, and a free clinic. He also met with fellow Rotarians from 3 different clubs. It was also no surprise that he also met with longtime friend Dr. Matthew Varghese who runs one of the only hospitals in India which conducts Polio reconstructive surgeries.
Matt was even able to get Dr. Varghese to make a short video on a YouTube channel that goes out to millions of viewers (see the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5RgktbTHWM).
The photos attached say it all relative to the difference these sorts of trips make in the lives of those who are less fortunate!
Bruce Thomas, President
RC of Moorpark
Rotary Club of Moorpark Rotarian Matt Miguelena in blue T-shirt.
Moorpark Rotarian Visits India to Offer Medical Assistance Bruce Thomas 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Fresno and Cayucos Youth Join Forces
On April 22, 2016, thirty-five students and 10 staff members from Sequoia Elementary of Fresno County School District joined Cayucos Elementary School students with Cayucos Rotary Club members for a beach clean-up, and learning about Cayucos, the pier and community. A majority of the students had never been to the coast or ocean. The Club provided pizza and goody bags with Paws for a Cause T-Shirts, salt-water taffy, school supplies and snacks. The day was a great success.
Fresno and Cayucos Youth Join Forces 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
4-Way Test - Essay Contest
Each year the Rotary Club of Camarillo has an essay contest for local students. The theme of the essay is the Rotarian's 4-Way Test - an ethical guide for making personal and professional decisions. The students examine and write about a personal dilemma and use the 4-Way Test in deciding what to do about it.
Congratulations to the winners of the essay contest, who also get cash awards. They are:
1st place - Michelle Lui from Adolfo Camarillo High School
2nd place - Sage Mertes from Las Colinas Middle School
3rd place - Nicoletta Bryan from Las Colinas Middle School
Max Copenhagen
RC of Camarillo
4-Way Test - Essay Contest Max Copenhagen 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Meet the Press - A New Communications Team Begins
As Rotary year 2015-16 draws to a close, it's time for your District 5240 Newsletter team, Scott Phillips (President Elect, RC of Goleta Noontime) and me, to put away our quills, ink and keyboards as the new 2016-17 team, under the leadership of Becky Savell (RC of Simi Valley) takes control. Scott and I would like to thank all the loyal Rotarian readers, contributors and newsmakers who've made this year very memorable to us. A special thanks to District Governor Jim Bell for his stewardship and contributions.
Going forward, if you would like something published in the monthly newsletter, address your material to stories@district5240.org and make sure it arrives by the 20th of the month preceding the new newsletter (for example, all material for the July newsletter must be submitted no later than June 20th.) Late arriving material will either be filed or published in the following newsletter if the topic remains timely. The email address above will go to Cindy Jacoby.
If you want to inquire about the District 5240 website, send comments/questions to website@district5240.org. This email address will go to Becky Savell.
As always, in Rotary service,
Neil Walker
RC of Bakersfield Breakfast
Meet the Press - A New Communications Team Begins Neil Walker 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Governor's Message - June 2016
June is the month that is dedicated to ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS. This is one of my very favorite areas of Rotary. There are more than 60 "fellowships" that have been organized by Rotarian enthusiasts in such diverse areas as fishing, flying, golf, horseback riding, internet, cooking, lawyers, rowing, social networks, wine, yachting, scuba diving... I think you're getting the picture. I am a 10+ year member of the IFMR – International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians. One of my Twilight Club members is a long-time member of the IFRM – International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians. The fun part of the fellowships is to meet Rotarians in your area, your state, North America, and most likely from other countries who have the same passion that you do. Most fellowships stay in touch via their website and email newsletters. It's pretty cool and I highly encourage you to join a Rotary fellowship this month!
This is my final Governor Newsletter for 2016. I hope to see YOU at the District Awards and DG Stepdown on June 25th at Moorpark Country Club so I can personally thank each of you for being an awesome Rotarian. I promise it will be a "country-based" hoot and definitely, ON THAT DAY ONLY, more fun than the local law authorities will allow – but we will obtain a special permit! Sign up HERE for the luncheon on June 25th and join the fun! Yippy Ki Yay!!
In addition to thanking all of you who have made my Rotary year as District Governor so great, I especially want to acknowledge how grateful I am to my loving wife, Donna. She has been with me every step of the way, and her help, patience, energy and dedication has made this year possible.
In Rotary Service,
Jim Bell
Governor's Message - June 2016 Jim Bell 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z
Save The Date: DG Jim's Farewall Bash
Yee-Haw, Pardners!  Y'all are invited to the biggest barn raising this side of Bakersfield - the District 5240 Awards and DG Step-Down Shindig! Mosey on over to the Moorpark Country Club on Saturday June 25 to strap on the feedbag, do some whoopin' and hollerin', and send DG Jim riding off into the sunset Cowboy style!  Be sure to let us know yer coming so we have enough grub. 
(Click picture above for a larger version of the flyer.)
Save The Date: DG Jim's Farewall Bash Deb Linden 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
Polio Headlines
Take a glance at the progress we are making toward eradication of this awful disease.
Jim Lewis
Polio Headlines James Lewis 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
RC of Fillmore Heritage Valley 5 - 10 K Run & Fitness Walk
(Click on picture above for larger version of flyer.)
RC of Fillmore Heritage Valley 5 - 10 K Run & Fitness Walk 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
Paws For a Cause - Local Veteran Receives Service Dog - Doggone Great News!
Submitted by Gil Igleheart
About 2 months ago, we did a demonstration for Los Osos Rotary.  "Afterwards, Shirley Hulin, a past-president, told Igleheart that her husband, Bruce, was a veteran whose PTSD symptoms returned after his leg was amputated last year.
Rotarian Gil Igleheart encouraged her to talk to Nicole Hern (Director of Training-New Life K9s). Several other key components serendipitously materialized to move this project forward.  " New Life K9s has been working with a yellow Labrador (Nickols) for over one and a half years but the dog showed some behavioral problems that would ban him from being a full service dog.  "The bond was instant and Nickols was placed with Bruce before his graduation. All participants in the placement came together to celebrate Bruce and Nickols’ success story on April 1st during another Los Osos Rotary Club meeting.
New Life Founder, Jack Gould said, “Last time we demonstrated what a trained dog could do for a veteran. This time we can show you how Nickols has benefited a veteran.”  From his wheelchair with Nickols by his side, Hulin said, Nickols will nudge me when I feel anxious.  He picks things up that I can't reach and opens and closes doors with an attached rope."
The quoted material in this can be read in its entirety by going to their website: www. tolosapress.com. The article was written by Judy Salamacha, a Morro Bay Rotarian.
Upcoming Events
May 9th - County Mental Health -County Government Building- San Luis Obispo 6PM
May 12 - Paso Robles Rotary (noon club) Paso Robles Inn May 19 - Los Olivos Rotary 5pm
Please view the KSBY newscast link here to get a good dose of what we Rotarians can do!
For more information see: www.Pawsforacauseca.org or call Gil Igleheart @ 805-710-0332
Paws For a Cause - Local Veteran Receives Service Dog - Doggone Great News! Gil Igleheart 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
Goings-On at Moorpark High - Interact Club
The editor received the following email from Kanika Gulia, President of the Interact Club at Moorpark High School, who wanted to share some of their projects with the District. The future is in good hands!
Animal Shelter Drive
Our Moorpark High School’s Interact Club was involved in an Animal Shelter Drive as a way to help support the Shelter Hope Pet Shop, a non-profit volunteer-based pet shop that showcases shelter animals available for in-store adoption. In this volunteer, we cooperated with the Petco Pet Store to request donations from customers. This volunteer opportunity helped our students in many ways to communicate with local individuals, and on a whole, the community service was a stepping stone for our Interact members to bring them into the adult world in terms of character, social stability and management capabilities. This successful drive also benefitted our Moorpark community by encouraging local residents through simple acts of kindness from teenagers, and through communicating with local customers, in a way, this volunteer helped bring a community together in effort to help support the Shelter Hope Pet Shop. In addition, this event was triumphant success for bringing warm smiles and greetings to the donators and the volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity
Joining Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, Interactors participated in the construction and repair of a home in our community! Habitat's Goals were to create opportunities for all people to live in decent and durable shelters. This volunteer opportunity that allowed students to intimately experience directly serving the people in need in the community. This experience involved cooperating with fellow volunteers and other employees; constructing and repairing residents in ways such as painting; and laughing and enjoying working alongside peers and workers. Our students proved to the world and our community that despite their young age, young students are capable of working zealously in effort to bring aid to those who lack necessities.
Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat
Every year, around Halloween, our Interact members walk around the neighborhoods adjacent to the High School to trick or treat to ask for canned foods to donate to the Moorpark Food Pantry to benefit individuals and families in need in Ventura County. Throughout the few years of trick or treating so others can eat, we were often surprised with the exceedingly successful results. During these volunteering occasions, volunteers were required to interact with individuals they didn’t know, yet every year, both our neighbors and volunteers always exchanged warm and polite interactions. Due to this experience,  students were able to improve their social skills and their character as advocates for beneficial change to our community and the world.
Goings-On at Moorpark High - Interact Club 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
2016-2017 Rotary Youth Exchange Students Almost On Their Way
Front Row L-R: Eric Kardel (Taiwan) RC SLO de Tolosa, Kathryn Evers (Belgium) RC SLO, Mathew Sabin (So. Korea) Bakersfield East
Back Row L-R: Ronda Werner, YE Chair, Jordan Riley (Italy) RC Bakersfield Twilight, Andrew Berkovitz (Switzerland) RC Ojai West, Thalia Garcia-Young (France) RC Simi Valley, Haley Hall (Chile) RC Simi Sunrise, Anna Johnson (Germany) RC SLO de Tolosa
The April 23-24 Outbound Orientation was chaired by Ronda Werner. We host this event in Camarillo for all of the Southern California and So. Nevada Outbound Students. The event was attended by 108 outbound students, parents, inbound students, Rotex and RYE Committee members. The weekend orientation helps prepare the students for a safe and successful year abroad. On Saturday, each student gave an introduction in their host language. On Sunday, each outbound announced his or her goals for their exchange and received their official Rotary Youth Exchange patch and pin for their blazers. The group is very excited about their exchange year. This is the first year we have had TWO outbounds from Kern County -- Congrats! The Bakersfield East Club will be hosting a girl from Spain this coming year. Our District will be hosting at least 7 girls and 3 boys including our first-ever student from Nigeria (Santa Barbara Sunrise) as well as students from Germany (SLO de Tolosa, SLO & Simi Valley), Italy (Camarillo), Brazil (Simi Sunrise), Japan (Goleta Noontime), France (Ojai West) and Taiwan (SLO de Tolosa).
2016-2017 Rotary Youth Exchange Students Almost On Their Way Ronda Werner 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
Report on Council on Legislation (COL)
The Council on Legislation occurs only every three years. This is the only time that Rotary international and the Rotary Foundation can make changes in the governance documents. The Council is made up of representatives from all of the 534 districts worldwide. This year there were 523 certified delegates. Representatives are selected from within each of the Rotary districts and to be qualified, must be a past governor and in good standing with Rotary.
Each of the Council on Legislation has been known to have a special “personality” or trait. This Council has been more progressive in their thinking and willing to make change where needed. This Council also earned the reputation of focusing on and benefitting the members and clubs as their primary objective. It was also noted by veteran members and RI staff that the composition of this group was also younger, and with fewer years in Rotary service than in the past.
It was very interesting to see how international really is. There was simultaneous translation into 8 different languages, and the submitted enactments and resolutions often reflected specific issues that were cultural in origin. I was also pleasantly surprised at how “civil” discussion was during discussion, and respect was evident in almost every dispute.
The Council started on Sunday the 10th of April afternoon and went daily until Friday the 15th in Chicago. It should also be noted that $1.50 is included in every Rotarians annual dues to pay for the Council on Legislation.
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Report on Council on Legislation (COL) Wade Nomura 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
Governor's Message - May 2016
I am certain most of us are aware of the earthquakes that took place recently in Japan and Ecuador.  There was another “earthquake” recently, on April 12th, in Evanston, Illinois, at our Rotary International Council on Legislation (COL).  Paul Netztel, the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation called the changes both “evolutionary and revolutionary”.   The COL meets once every three years to consider and vote on “enactments” which, if voted in, change Rotary International’s constitutional documents (the Constitution, bylaws, and the standard club Constitution).  Each district sends a voting delegate so there are 534 voting delegates from around the world who attend.  This very progressive, forward-thinking Council made several important enactments, a few of which I will bullet-point briefly for you here:
  • (16-21)   Flexibility in Meetings/Attendance
    • How often a club meets is now up to the club except it must meet two times per month (there is no definition of “meeting”).
    • Attendance requirements are now up to the club.
    • (16-21) Allows clubs to remain the same or change accordingly.
  • (16-36)   Kinds of Membership
    • Clubs may now have other types of memberships than the standard “active and honorary” memberships.  This may include “corporate, associate, family,” etc.  memberships. 
  • (16-38)  Revise Qualifications for Membership to a club
    • This enactment eliminates business and professional criteria from membership qualification.
  • (16-99) Dues Increase
    • RI dues are currently $55 per year.   RI dues will increase $1 per year in 2016-17; increase $4 per year in 2017-18; increase $4 per year in 2018-2019; and increase $4 per year in 2019-20, reaching $68 per year in 2019-2020.  
    • Rationale:  investment returns are down; forecast shows deficits in next four years without a dues increase; more monies needed for upgrading the infrastructure (websites, etc). 
  • (16-01)  Requires written minutes of club Board of Director meetings
  • (16-02) Club Treasurer is added as an officer and board member, in addition to the Immediate Past President, President, President Elect, and club Secretary
  • (16-40) Rotaractors can simultaneously belong to a Rotary club.
  • (16-51) Transferring or former Rotarians are ineligible for membership in a club if they have debts to another club.
  • (16-82) E-Clubs - This enactment erases any distinction between regular clubs and e-clubs.  Regular clubs can have an on-line meeting; an e-club can have an in-person meeting.
There are many more important enactments (click here for a brief summary) as well as proposed resolutions and enactments that were rejected.   For a more in-depth look at the COL, our representative PDG Wade Nomura has a separate article in this newsletter.
In late February, we decided to have a contest for our Young Rotarians and Rotaractors (ages 19-35) to compete for a chance to attend the Young Leaders’ Summit (YLS) at the RI Convention in Seoul, South Korea on Friday May 27th.  The main purpose of the YLS is to provide an opportunity for young leaders around the world to convene and interact with one another to develop a road map for the future by discussing both challenges and opportunities to serve the world as future Rotarians. The summit includes speeches by world renowned speakers, panel discussions, performances and more.  But there’s more!  Each of these attendees are being offered accommodations and the opportunity to attend the RI Convention from 5/28 thru 6/1.   I am very proud to introduce to you our contest winners and soon-to-be District representatives/attendees to the Seoul YLS: 
  • RENE MARTINEZ,  RC of Buellton
  • DOMINIQUE BREDESON, RC of San Luis Obispo
  • JONATHAN  BROIDA, Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara
  • DAVID VO, RC of Santa Barbara Sunrise
  • SHANE NAZARETH, Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara
ATTENTION:  Club Program Chairs - each of these five people would make a wonderful program for your club!
Finally, here is a short 3-minute YouTube video to show you how easy it is to update your club logo, newsletter, website with our new imaging:  click here
In Rotary Service . . . . .  Jim Bell
Governor's Message - May 2016 Jim Bell 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
RC of San Luis Obispo Volunteers Gather to Fight Hunger
On February 6, 2016 local Rotary Club Members joined 125 volunteers of all ages to package 16,084 meals for the Stop Hunger Now humanitarian relief organization. Forty-two members of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo teamed up with the NGO, along with members from other clubs, Cal Poly, high school and middle school volunteer organizations and anyone else that was willing to lend their labor after a crash course in food prep safety.
A BBQ lunch was served for volunteers at the PG&E Training Facility in Avila Beach, but the meal packs they prepared for shipping are vegan, with a combination of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Participating organizations can buy the materials for the packs at $0.29 each and host events to get them put together and ready for shipment to disaster relief centers, school feeding programs, and orphanages. After packing, the food has a shelf-life of two years.
Christopher Romero, the northern California Program Manager for Stop Hunger Now noted that 90 percent of the aid is sent over-seas though partner organizations which run on the ground assistance in education and other methods where nutritional aid is an ancillary to their work. In short added, Parker Emerson with the Shelter Box program, aid is no longer dolled out in 50 pound bags thrown out of a moving truck. The food aid is being targeted with more care and respect than in years past.

For more information, contact Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo President Jeff Stulberg.

Photos & Article provided by Camas Frank - Editor. “Volunteers Gather to Fight Hunger.” SLO City News. 10 February 2016.
RC of San Luis Obispo Volunteers Gather to Fight Hunger 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
RC of San Luis Obispo Hal Larsen Memorial Fishing Tournament
Dear Fellow Members of District 5240 -
Please find in the attachment a short club story featuring the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo's "Hal Larsen Memorial Compostela Fishing Tournament". Our club is preparing for our Second Annual Tournament this fall, and raised more than $7,000 USD last year for the funding of a new regional public health clinic in Compostela, Mexico.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you!
Jessica Micklus
RC of San Luis Obispo Hal Larsen Memorial Fishing Tournament Jessica Micklus 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
RC of Santa Maria Breakfast Luau Party & Auction
RC of Santa Maria Breakfast Luau Party & Auction Laurie Tamura 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
RC of Los Olivos 12th Annual Jazz & Olive Festival
RC of Los Olivos 12th Annual Jazz & Olive Festival 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
RC of Arroyo Grande 2nd Annual Rotary Harley Raffle
The Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande is hosting our 2nd Annual Rotary Harley Raffle to raise money for local community nonprofits and Rotary projects. We have partnered with the local nonprofit AmpSurf to host a poker run the day of the event.  We invite all to participate by buying a ticket or becoming a sponsor.
Margie Drube - Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande
RC of Arroyo Grande 2nd Annual Rotary Harley Raffle Margie Drube 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
RC of Bakersfield Breakfast Third Annual "Thousand Flags" Event
Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30, 2016
Imagine a Thousand American Flags...
Join Us! Over Memorial Day Weekend 2016, the sparkling lake in The Park at River Walk will be surrounded by a sea of red, white and blue as 1,000 American flags are flown in tribute to all who have sacrificed – and who continue to sacrifice – to make the United States the greatest country in the world.
Come to the Park and experience this spectacular patriotic display and celebration. Take time to walk among the flags and remember the men and women who ensure our health, safety and liberty. Enjoy activities throughout the weekend. On Memorial Day, Monday, visit the patriotic fair with booths, bands and fun. Member of the brass section of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra will entertain the crowd with patriotic march music. From 11:30 - 1:00 pm, there will be a patriotic performances by our local groups followed by a very special presentation featuring a flag ceremony, dignitaries and invited guests. Sponsor one of these beautiful flags in honor of your loved one. Sponsors may pick up their beautiful flags after the event.
Sponsor one of the flags to be flown in honor of anyone, living or deceased, whom you wish to remember on this special day with a dramatic display of patriotism – perhaps a veteran, active service member, first responder, loved one, friend or any person who makes or has made our country a better place. Each flag comes with a special certificate suitable for framing and you're welcome to take your flag home after the event as our thank you. Order online or download the flag sponsor form.
(Flag Sponsor Download Form) https://od.lk/f/N183NTEwOTM0NV81VEdqbA
(Thousand Flags homepage) http://www.thousandflags.org/home.html
RC of Bakersfield Breakfast Third Annual "Thousand Flags" Event 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
Using Social Media to Expand Your Event's Reach

In the days leading up to International Women’s Day 8 March, organizers of a Rotary event at the World Bank used social media and web pages to promote an event that was also streamed live. Thirteen times as many people watched the event online as attended in person, proving the value of the Internet in expanding an event’s reach.

Learn more in Quentin Wodon’s blog post
Submit your own success story to our blog

Using Social Media to Expand Your Event's Reach 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
Disaster Relief - Helping Earthquake Victims in Ecuador, Japan
Rotary members are among the first to reach out and offer help in times of disaster, including in Ecuador and Japan, where earthquakes have killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage. Rotary districts in both countries have established relief funds, and members are collaborating with governments and other agencies to direct assistance where it is needed most.

Learn how you can help
Disaster Relief - Helping Earthquake Victims in Ecuador, Japan 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
Council Grants Clubs Greater Flexibility

The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history. Council members granted clubs more freedom to determine their meeting schedule and membership, and approved a per capita dues increase of $4 a year for three years to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs for clubs. Read more about the Council, see photos, and download vote totals.

Council Grants Clubs Greater Flexibility 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z
In Memoriam
Rotary District 5240 has recently lost several esteemed and vibrant members. We are saddened at their passing.
EDWARD T. HAGER, M.D., (84) Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, Arch Klumph Society.
     On February 23, the 111th Anniversary of Rotary International we lost a dear friend of Rotary in District 5240 and especially to the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks.  A Rotary club member since 1999 and District 5240 Rotarian of the year in 2009-10, he was accepted into the Arch Klumph Society in 2010 and then reached the status of Arch Klumph Level 2 before his passing, a total contribution to Rotary International of well over $500,000. Without question he guided RC of Thousand Oaks into the big leagues of philanthropic giving. To the members of his home club, though, he will be remembered for his embracement of the Spirit of Rotary and his marvelous sense of humor.
     Born February 16, 1932 in Reading, Pennsylvania, Ed had an outstanding academic education, including Mercer Academy, Middleburg College, Duke University and UC Berkeley.  He received his MD degree from Baylor University. He practiced medicine in Santa Monica and Culver City, CA specializing in Internal medicine and Geriatrics.  After 20 years as a physician, Ed became very involved in the field of investing, which led to his spending 6 years as a member of the Pacific Stock Exchange.
In Rotary, Ed found an organization that matched his passion for making a difference. In one instance, Ed initiated a matching donation drive that raised over $100,000 for the club's Rotary Foundation. Every year you could count on Ed to come up with some matching challenge program to make club member giving a success.
     His favorite Rotary Foundation project was Polio Eradication. As a physician he understood firsthand what a terrible impact this disease has on both the child and their family. Ed believed that the Polio partnership with the Gates Foundation demonstrated that the world recognized what he had found: An appreciation for how effectively money is used and managed by Rotary.
     Ed was equally involved in the community. In addition to his school alumni organizations and church activities he was very active in horticulture. A major financial contributor to the Botanical Gardens in Thousand Oaks, Ed was oftentimes found at the Gardens weeding and planting with other volunteers.  He was a major contributor to Special Olympics and was instrumental in the establishment of the highly successful annual RC Thousand Oaks wine event fundraiser held every August. 
     Ed was quoted as saying “If someone ever brings peace to the world, it will be Rotary, because Rotary solves problems and brings people together.
     Ed was happily married to Andrea who preceded him in death after 34 years of marriage.   He is survived by three adult children, Daniel, Robert and Christa.

Larry was eulogized in the last newsletter, although we had not received his obituary.  It is shown here:
Lawrence A. Emrich, 70, of Ventura, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, following a lengthy illness. Larry was born June 9, 1945, in Highland Park, Michigan, to Philip and Louise VanEyck Emrich.
     Larry graduated from San Marcos High School in 1963 and graduated from UCSB in 1970 with a Bachelor's Degree in English. He dedicated his life to education and began his teaching career at Fillmore High School where he also coached basketball. He was the principal of Ventura High School beginning in 1994 until his retirement in 2006. Larry was highly thought of by colleagues and students alike, and was known for his positive disposition, good judgement and fairness.
He was a dedicated member of the Ventura Rotary Club where he served on the board of directors and as President in 2009/2010. He was the recipient of numerous Paul Harris Fellowship Awards, given to Rotarians for service above self to the community and to Rotary projects.
     Having survived polio as a child, Larry was an advocate for polio eradication and had participated in the National Immunization Day representing Rotary in India on two occasions. He was very proud to have his son Triston accompany him on one of these NID trips to India. On behalf of District 5240, Larry visited many Rotary Clubs promoting participation in Rotary's goal of worldwide polio eradication.
     Larry was an avid surfer, a voracious reader and enjoyed playing cribbage.
     He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karin Emrich of Ventura; son and daughter-in-law, Tristan and Christi Emrich and grandson, Finn of Valencia; brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Mary Emrich of Santa Barbara; as well as nieces, nephews and many other family members.
     Memorial contributions may be made in Larry's name to the Julius Guis Memorial Foundation, Ventura Rotary Club, P. O. 2100, Ventura, CA 93002-2100.
In Memoriam 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
Paws for a Cause - Doggone Great News!
We spoke at the Central California Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America on the 11th of March! They wanted to hear about what we are doing for the local veterans. We told them about being 100% sustainable... our goal! We will accomplish this through tee shirt sales, donation jars and other fundraising efforts. Thank you all for helping us help our veterans...without your financial support this wouldn't be possible!
On April 1st, we will be presenting a dog to a Vietnam Veteran! This will take place at the Los Osos Rotary meeting in Baywood Park. If you are interested in attending please call 805-710-0332 because advanced reservations are required. This is the first dog being placed through the efforts of the local Rotary clubs (Cayucos, Morro Bay, Los Osos, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo and Los Olivos Rotary)
NAME THAT DOG! On April 12th we will be at Cayucos Elementary School providing the local school kids with a chance to name our puppy . . . the symbol logo red, white and blue dog. These children will also see the dog perform its service dog duties!
On April 19th from 11am to 1 pm, we will be at Cuesta College to be a part of "the Veterans Community Providers Fair." We will talk to the Veterans and explain what we have to offer.
On April 29th, we take the show on the road! Cambria Rotary has invited us to come do our presentation...it's all about the veterans and the dogs. The only way to really see what these dogs can do for these men and women is to attend one of these performances.
Because of the large audience at Madonna Inn, we have been invited to do more and more of our talks and performances! We are now scheduled to speak at County Mental Health Services. We will be there on May 9th with the local director of Veteran Affairs, Chris Lopez. The location will be the County Government Building. This event will be shown on local television. Great things are happening! Come see for yourselves!
We are changing lives... maybe even yours!
Be a part of this... www.pawsforacauseca.org
Gil Igleheart
Paws for a Cause - Doggone Great News! 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
Another Rotarian is Honored
RC of Newbury Park's Treasurer and Youth Director (and District Youth Chair), JOE JOYCE, was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce at their Gala on March 4, 2016. Thanks to RC Newbury Park Past President, Patrick Miller, CEO of CBC Credit Union, for hosting the Rotary table at the gala. Pictured are various members of Group 4 clubs and their significant others, with Joe and his wife Annette to his right in the center.
Another Rotarian is Honored 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
Rotarian Inspiring Women of Action - Including 5240's Own PDG Deepa Willingham
Rotary, Oppenheimer, Global Partnership for Education, and the World Bank joined together to present an International Women’s Day event featuring two of Rotary’s Women of Action, Marion Bunch and Deepa Willingham. The event illustrated how women use innovative health and education projects to change the world and improve lives.  Read Quenton Wodon’s article for a fuller understanding.
What can we learn from inspiring Women of Action?
Posted on March 7, 2016 in Rotary Weekly • By Quentin Wodon
Rotary is about service and fellowship. While some value fellowship the most, others place the emphasis on service as the defining characteristic of their Rotary experience. I tend to belong to the second group. I believe in the importance of thinking through the design of our service projects to ensure they have a lasting and measurable impact on those we are trying to help.
That is why I am excited about an upcoming event for International Women’s Day that will feature two women who have exemplified this in their tireless work on behalf of the less fortunate. Both Marion Bunch and Deepa Willingham have been recognized by Rotary as Women of Action, and for good reason. They will be featured in an event on 8 March from 14:00 to 15:00 Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) at the World Bank. The event will be streamed live, and a recording will be available later.
Marion Bunch is the head of Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention. Bunch acted on a heart-felt desire to extend health care to hundreds of thousands who lacked it, and has helped organize free Family Health Days in several countries in Africa and now South Asia. The health screenings are both effective and economical.
Deepa Willingham founded PACE Universal out of a desire to empower young women from impoverished areas through education, health, nutrition, and social development. I talked to Willingham recently, and was impressed at her commitment and dedication. When she left her native India to pursue a degree in the United States, she made a vow to return home and effect real change for girls there. She is keeping that vow, having returned to India to manage several different interventions including opening a secondary school in a village that lacked one and helping women earn a decent wage.
The Women’s Day event is an excellent opportunity to hear and learn from these women. Please share this information with Rotary members you know and your friends. Let’s be inspired to do great service through Rotary.
About the author: Quentin Wodon is a lead economist at the World Bank. He holds PhDs in economics and in theology and religious studies, and has taught at universities in Europe and the U.S. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., and is involved in several innovative global grants. He is also author of the Rotarian Economist blog.
Rotarian Inspiring Women of Action - Including 5240's Own PDG Deepa Willingham 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
New First-in-Family Scholarship Announced by the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo
The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo is proud to announce that they’ll be adding a new category to their scholarship awards this year. $5,000 will be awarded to a student who is the first in their family to attend a four-year college. 
This scholarship will be part of the $39,000 the club has set aside for scholarships in 2015-16. In addition to general academic and vocational scholarships for high school and college students, the club also awards the Billie Watson Memorial Music Scholarship, the James W. Braebeck Agricultural Scholarship, the Rizzoli Scholarship (for auto mechanics), and several scholarships for students attending continuation school and those leaving the foster-care program.
Winners in the 2014-15 Rotary year include (in alphabetical order): Andrea Albarran, Mia Alexander, Joshua Barnhart, Keaton Burcheri, David Callahan , Ruby Callahan, Kevin Conroy, Nicholas D’Acri, Felicia Gonzalez, Troy Hanson, Daniel Herrera , Will Kraemer, Jennifer Luck, Kelly McGuire, Bailey Maher, Avery Martin, Malea Martin, Lesly Martinez, Deep Mistry, Mauria Nakamura, Trevor Porter, Shelby Thomas, Sam Thompson, Jonathan Triguero.
For more information, contact Jim Salio, jsalio@msn.com.
New First-in-Family Scholarship Announced by the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
First-Ever Rotaract Retreat
On Saturday, March 19th, District 5240 held the first ever Rotaract Retreat in San Luis Obispo. Representatives from many Rotaract Clubs in the District gathered to discuss the strengths and challenges that each club is facing.  Specific goals were to find ways to 1) foster communication and collaboration and 2) to identify ways the District can help support each Rotaract club.  The day was spent brainstorming, sharing ideas and ultimately setting the path for the remainder of this year as well as the upcoming 2016-17 Rotary year with the following people running the ship: District Rotaract Representative, Madelyn Stringham, District Rotaract Chair, MacKenzie West, and MacKenzenzie’s successor, Ben Wilson.  Rotaract Clubs in attendance at the event were Santa Maria Valley, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tehachapi and Conejo Valley. The event was sponsored by District 5240 and supported by the lineup of past, present and future District Governors who were all in attendance: Jim Bell, Nick Frankle, John Weiss, and Sandi Schwartz.
Madelyn Stringham
First-Ever Rotaract Retreat 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
Great American Clean-up Day, Saturday, April 23, 2016
Great American Clean-up Day, Saturday, April 23, 2016 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
New Tools for the Membership Tool Belt
Looking to enhance your club membership experience? Do you want to find opportunities for growth in your club? Club and district leaders now have a set of updated Membership Assessment Tools (formerly Club Assessment Tools) to help them strengthen club membership and add value to your club membership experience, so that more people will join and fewer members will leave.
For your convenience, you can download the entire publication, or just the individual assessments that are most relevant to your club.
The individual assessments, which walk users through evaluation and development of an action plan, include:
Historical trends show that there’s an increase in membership soon after the new year, so this is the perfect time to consider how you welcome new members into your club. Read how one club is using our New Member Welcome Kits to enhance their welcome and orientation.
New Tools for the Membership Tool Belt 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
New England Journal of Medicine Article on Defeating Polio
Our own member of D5240's Polio Plus Committee, Mike McDermott, has passed on to me the very compelling and informative article from The New England Journal of Medicine. Mike's brother is a MD and practices medicine in the state of Maine.
Thank you Mike.
Yours in Rotary and Polio Eradication,
Jim Lewis
D5240 Polio Plus Committee Chair
New England Journal of Medicine Article on Defeating Polio James Lewis 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
Sheriff Jim is "Ridin' Into The Sunset", Pardners
Sheriff Jim is "Ridin' Into The Sunset", Pardners 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
Governor's Message - April 2016
April is a very busy month in our District. We kick-off "PEDAL AGAINST POLIO," a month-long event to raise monies for Polio Plus. Pedal Against Polio is a very adaptive, simple plan that will be implemented in many different ways: stationary bikes in homes and fitness centers and/or actual rides in many cities (5k, 10k, 20k, 30k) around the District. Many clubs have chosen their approach to this very flexible and convenient way to support the eradication of polio. I'm so proud of you for taking on the Pedal Against Polio Challenge during April. A big shout-out to Dan Giordano and Jim Lewis for leading this charge.
With each April comes our District Training Assemblies. Please plan on your "continuing Rotary education" in Oxnard on April 2nd, or in Bakersfield on April 23rd. There are many 'elective' classes being offered this year. Our clubs get better when we get better, it's been said.
Also, in April, it's customary for us to visit our sister districts for their District Conferences. First up is our sister district in South Korea, District 3720. Donna and I will be accompanied by District Governor Nominee John Weiss and Past District Governor Chungsam Doh, our leader, interpreter, as well as the father of this district relationship. We are looking forward to the second week in April in Ulsan and Changwon in the southern portion of the country. This will be the last time we visit District 3720. Rotary in South Korea is growing rapidly and on July 1st, District 3720 is splitting into two Districts giving us two sister District relationships in future years. The last week of the month finds us in Mexico with a fairly large delegation from our District in San Miguel de Allende for District 4160's District Conference. Many local Rotarians are also going along to visit on-going grant projects that so many of our clubs have so generously participated in, and of course to continue the many friendships we have developed over the years.
See you at the District Training Assemblies!
In Rotary Service... Jim Bell
Governor's Message - April 2016 Jim Bell 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z
Pedal Against Polio
Pedal Against Polio is a District wide fundraiser to assist with Rotary's goal of eradication of Polio. We are looking to the month of April 2016 to run the event.
Each District Club is encouraged to participate by putting together, in their area, both an outdoor and indoor bike ride.
Each District Club will have the discretion of determining the distances and locations for the outdoor ride. Each District Club will have the discretion of determining the location for the indoor ride.
Many cities in District 5240 have multiple Rotary Clubs and I would encourage these Rotary Clubs to work together to increase participation.
Think of what could be raised in April 2016 in the effort to eradicate Polio if all 74 District 5240 Clubs participated in putting on a Pedal Against Polio event.
For more information, please contact Dan Giordano at dgiordano@bak.rr.com or call 661-834-1065 if you are interested in participating in the Pedal Against Polio April event.
Pedal Against Polio Dan Giordano 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Governor's Message - March 2016
Welcome to March and the beginning of daylight savings time.  Be sure to set your clock ahead on Saturday March 12th before going to bed.
One of the tremendous assets we don’t often talk about is the Zone 25/26 website.   You can find it at  www.zone2526.org.   Across the top of the home page are eight drop-down menu choices.  I’d like to bring two of them to your attention:   Strengthen Clubs and TRF.   When you ‘hover’ over Strengthen Clubs, the drop-down menu offers three choices.  Please check-out Membership and then Public Image.  These two topics apply to every club.  Both of these support areas will go a long way in answering your questions and offering the help you need in both areas. 
The TRF menu has one drop-down entitled TRF Resources.  Within this one drop-down menu you will see eleven conveniently labeled folders filled with every topic you can imagine to strengthen your club’s TRF commitment.  There are even videos to use for training and club programs.  You will also find global and district grants information to help you.   All of this is offered at no cost in order to help each Rotarian become more knowledgeable and, in the process, help their club become a “world-class” club!
Governor's Message - March 2016 Jim Bell 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
In Memoriam
Rotary District 5240 has recently lost several esteemed and vibrant members. We are saddened at their passing.
RICHARD A. REGNIER (1931-2016)
Richard Regnier of Oxnard Rotary will be remembered as a gentleman, a scholar, a true renaissance man.  He lived by his guiding principles: duty, honor, country and the pursuit of excellence.  Dick attended Harvard University, graduated from West Point and was commissioned in 1955 as a pilot in the Air Force.  After graduating from Bolt Hall Law School at U.C. Berkeley, he took a position with the Ventura County District Attorney's office and practiced law for 53 years.  Dick's three great loves were baseball, dogs and golf.  One of his favorite stories, and he was quite a storyteller, was during West Point's exhibition games against the NY Giants, he struck out Willie Mays four times.  Perhaps Dick's greatest attribute was his generosity.  His favorite motto was "Be kinder than necessary.”  With his wife Georgianna, Dick went on NID to India to help eradicate polio.  Always generous with his time, Dick touched many lives as a mentor, teacher, role model and friend. As a masterful speaker, he entertained, encouraged, inspired and motivated.  He will be remembered for his intelligence, whit, humor, generosity and integrity.  Memorial services will be held at Padre Serra, 5205 Upland Rd., Camarillo on Saturday, February 20th at 1:00pm.  Condolences can be sent to gregnieresq@earthlink.net  
Oxnard Rotary Club President Mark Spellman’s Remembrance:
“We were blessed to know Dick and have the opportunity to learn from his unyielding passion to assist and educate everyone around him.  Dick was one of the most attentive people I've ever met. Well-Spoken, eloquent, and an old-fashioned gentlemen; Dick was clear-eyed and focused for every endeavor he tackled. If Dick noticed a fire in your belly for a cause you believed in, he would go out of his to help you keep it lit and add the fuel that was necessary to sustain that feeling. I will sorely miss Dick Regnier, a true Renaissance Man of our times.”
Max Copenhagen, Rotary Club of Camarillo writes:
“Sadly we mourn the loss of Georgie’s husband and our good friend, Dick Regnier, whom we often saw at our club meetings over the years.  Dick was a dedicated member of Oxnard Rotary.  On several occasions, he was our program speaker, and his presentations were always memorable.  Dick was a true gentleman and friend, and we will really miss him.”

EDWARD DAVID “SKIP” FARIA  (1/21/1951 -  1/8/2016)
Edward David “Skip” Faria died on Friday, January 8, 2016 at his home in Simi Valley.  Skip was born on January 21, 1951 in Los Angeles, California and was known as “Skip” throughout his childhood years.
Skip worked for Golden State Water Company for more than 39 years.  He and his first wife, Linda Wegener Faria settled and lived in Simi Valley for more than 20 years. Skip was a past president of Simi Noontime Rotary and was actively involved in the community of Simi Valley. His involvement included the annual fireworks display, pancake breakfasts, and many other fundraising events and charitable causes. Skip served his community with distinction and was acknowledged for his service with numerous awards and recognitions.
Skip loved Corvettes and had his first “Vette” at the age nineteen. Along with his love for Corvettes, Skip also loved the water and became a Master PADI Scuba Instructor in 1986.
Skip leaves behind his daughter, Dana Kristine Faria, 30, and his son, David Edward Faria, 28. He was recently wed to Theresa “Tess” Faria. In addition he leaves behind his sister Valerie Wheeler.
Donations in Skip’s memory may be made to: EndPolioNow.org
Virginia L. Hayward
Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley

PIERCE TROWBRIDGE WETTER, JR.  (12/1/1925 -  1/12/2016)
December 1, 1925 - January 12, 2016 Pierce Trowbridge Wetter, Jr, 87 of Simi Valley, CA passed away from complications resulting from his battle with Parkinson's.  Pierce was born in New York City to Pierce Cobb Trowbridge Wetter and Gladys Amy Mock. Pierce was named in honor of an ancestor, William Pierce who owned the barbershop where the Boston Tea Party was planned. Graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, Pierce taught himself electronics and control system theory in the early days of the Aerospace industry. Serving in the Army at White Sands, NM, he loved the friendliness and openness of the people of the West and resolved to come West in time for the California Aerospace boom. Working at Philco in the San Jose area, he met and married Mary Lou Smith on March 22nd, 1959 in Santa Cruz, CA.  Pierce and Mary Lou moved to Southern California for a job at a company called Canoga in Canoga Park. They had a son, Pierce III on December 23, 1966. In 1969 with 7 others, Pierce founded Datron Advanced Technologies. Pierce worked there until he retired from his Chief Scientist role at the age of 84, and was beloved at his workplace; it was common for the employees to refer to him as "Uncle Pierce." A lifelong learner, Pierce evaluated people on their capabilities, not their credentials, race or gender. Pierce demonstrated the power of lifelong learning when he was granted patent #6,078,296 at the age of 75. Datron and its subsidiaries continue to employ hundreds of people throughout the Southern California area. Datron has had several CEOs who began their careers working hands-on as technicians, then engineering, then to executive positions, all at Datron. Hands-on experience has paid off; Datron has a reputation for building systems that work reliably in the toughest environments on the planet. Pierce is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Wetter, 79, his sister Billie Alban, 90, his son, Pierce T. Wetter III and his wife Deanna, and six loving nieces and nephews. Services were held Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10am. Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Westlake Village, 5600 Lindero Canyon Rd. The family asks that you do something simple and personal to further education. Give a gift card anonymously to the schoolteachers of your family and friends for classroom materials.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 17, 2016

Larry Emrich, a former principal at Ventura High School, has died. Emrich, 70, died Wednesday afternoon, February 17th at Community Memorial Hospital of leukemia. "He's been the patriarch of our family," his wife, Karin, said Thursday morning. "All the young adults in our family go to him for advice. He was a wonderful listener, insightful. And he had the patience of a saint, really."
Emrich was an assistant principal, then principal at Ventura High before retiring in 2006, said former Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga.
"He was a stellar principal," Arriaga said. "He cared deeply for students. And he was proud to be a Ventura High School Cougar. He kind of had that Cougar blood in him."
Emrich, who contracted polio as a child and walked with a slight limp, joined a local Rotary Club as an adult. In 2012, he joined the Rotarians on a trip to India where he helped immunize children against polio.
In addition to his wife, Emrich is survived by his son, Tristan; daughter-in-law, Christi; grandson, Finn; brother and many other relatives.
Emrich wished to be cremated. His family is planning a paddle out at Surfers Point in Ventura but has not yet set a date. Instead of flowers, his family asks that people donate to their favorite charity in his memory.  By Jean Moore of the Ventura County Star

As we were going to press with the newsletter, we sadly learned about the February 23rd death of Dr. Edward Hager (84), Past Rotarian of the Year, 2009-2010, and member of the Arch Klumph Society.  Dr. Ed was a member of the RC of Thousand Oaks.  More on Dr. Hager next month.
In Memoriam 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Masquerade in Cayucos - March 19, 2016
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Masquerade in Cayucos - March 19, 2016 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Ventura High School Interact Club - A Video with Pride!
After you view this video prepared by a talented and dedicated Ventura High School Interact Club, you will see one of the many reasons that future Rotary and world are in good hands.
(Click picture above to watch the video.)
Ventura High School Interact Club - A Video with Pride! 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Polio Plus Update as of February 24th
(Click image above for the February 24th Polio Headlines PDF)
Polio Plus Update as of February 24th James Lewis 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Paws For a Cause
Save the lives of our veterans who suffer from PTSD! 22 veterans are committing suicide a day- that we know of!
The Paws for a Cause Foundation raises funds for the training of service dogs and underwrites the costs of socializing companion dogs for veterans. We are partnered with Woods Humane Society, along with New Life K9s-who are partnered with Bergin University and now California Men's Colony (CMC).
On the military side, we work with the Central California Coast Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Vandenberg Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars, and the Marine Corp League 680 to find veterans who would benefit from a service or companion dog.
A kick-off luncheon for Paws for a Cause- K9s for Warriors (PFAC) will be at noon on March 11th at Madonna Inn. Lunch is $22.00 per person. Limited seating available, reserve a space by March 4. Call 805-710-0332 for more information about Paws for a Cause, or to book a seat for lunch.
For more information, contact Gil Igleheart (Rotary Club of Cayucos Seaside) at gil.igleheart@gmail.com.
Paws For a Cause Gil Igleheart 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
5th Annual California Jazz & Wine Festival
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5th Annual California Jazz & Wine Festival 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Tour Members and Rotary Change Lives in Bosnia
When Kay Bliss signed up to take Rick Steves' Best of the Adriatic in 14 Days tour last year, she had no idea how the trip would impact her life. In her words, "my nice relaxing jaunt down the Dalmatian Coast ended up becoming my obsession for the next six months."
Tour Members and Rotary Change Lives in Bosnia 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers
Greetings from Evanston!
In an effort to keep Rotarians informed of the cadre’s activities, we are continuing distribution of Tech Talk, the cadre’s quarterly newsletter, to all district governors.  I have attached the latest issue, February 2016, and encourage you to forward Tech Talk to the members of your district, add it to your district’s website, or include it in your district’s newsletter. 
If you know of any Rotarians in your district who would make great cadre members, I encourage you to forward them the attached cadre registration form.
I appreciate your assistance in sharing this information with the Rotarians in your district.  If you have any questions about the cadre, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Christian Pepera
Rotary Foundation Cadre Specialist | Stewardship | Office of the General Counsel
Tel 1.847.866.3357
The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers Christian Pepera 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Three Ways to Make Rotary Personal
Want a tip on how to turn more prospective members into actual members? New Jersey Rotarian Michael Bucca says it’s all about getting to know a potential member’s interests, and explaining how your club will help them pursue their passions. This process of personalization is especially attractive to younger members.

Read Bucca’s tips on Rotary Voices
Find materials for referring members
Join a discussion group on membership best practices
Three Ways to Make Rotary Personal 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Successful Event Sponsored by RC of SLO de Tolosa
The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa welcomed LeAnn Rimes to a sellout crowd at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Theater.  The Valentines Weekend Event is its annual fundraiser.  To begin the event the crowd was presented with a 5-minute video about the great work that Rotary provides both in its communities and abroad. 
As pictured, Kyle Thomas (Rotaract SLO President) got to join his mom Melinda Thomas (President SLO de Tolosa) in greeting LeAnn Rimes to their town.
Proceeds of the event funds SLO de Tolosa's charitable efforts whose focus is on Youth Charities.
Melinda Thomas
President, Rotary Club of SLO de Tolosa
Successful Event Sponsored by RC of SLO de Tolosa Melinda Thomas 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Annual Rotary Magic Show
The Rotary Creates Magic Show, is coming to the Theater on High Street in Moorpark at 7:30 pm on March 19, 2016.  The 33rd Annual Rotary Fundraiser will bring the Theater alive with magic featuring World Class Magicians from Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle, including:
  • Larry Wilson, Emmy Nominated Magician
  • Arthur Trace, World Class Magician
  • Funny Eddie Medrano, Magician and former Circus Clown
  • Shawn McMaster, The Master of Comedy Magic
  • Paul Dwork, The Magic of Merlin
This will be Paul Dwork’s 33rd year producing the charitable event.  With all these excellent magicians performing in one show, their five different disciplines of magic will truly make this an amazing evening and a wonderful show for children of all ages.
Tickets are available for $35 at Merlin's Magic, 699 Mobil Ave., Camarillo, or call 805-388-7669, or email paul@magicmagicmagic.com.  Seating is limited.  Proceeds will benefit local charities thru the Camarillo Rotary Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
For more information, contact Max Copenhagen at mcsmok59@hotmail.com or 805-312-5506.
Annual Rotary Magic Show Max Copenhagen 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z
Polio Plus Weekend in San Luis Obispo - February 25, 26 and 27
Please come for ALL or PART of a weekend of fun, food, melodrama and collegiate athletics all supporting the eradication of polio. Click on the picture below for a full sized version of the flyer.
Join the Fun to End Polio Now
  • Feb 25th - Farmer's Market - Meet Lady Mustangs
  • Feb 26th - Oceano Melodrama
  • Feb 27th - Cal Poly Lady Mustangs play UCSB
(Click on picture above for a larger version of the flyer that you can pass around to your club members.)
Polio Plus Weekend in San Luis Obispo - February 25, 26 and 27 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Interact District Conference - April 9th
APRIL 9, 2016
10am to 4pm - Mission Bank
1330 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA
For more information, please contact Sandi Schwartz at 661-706-6663, sandischwartzdg1819@gmail.com, or on Facebook.
Interact District Conference - April 9th Sandi Schwartz 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
2017 Rotary Peace Fellowship
Dear Rotarian,
We are excited to announce that the 2017 Rotary Peace Fellowship is now available online! We encourage you to promote the fellowship and have your district endorse qualified applicants who are dedicated to promoting peace.
Please go to our website to review the fellowship details, application process, animation video, and find additional resources for applicants and Rotarians. 
Important reminders about the peace fellowship:
  1. Districts are not responsible for funding applicants. Your district can endorse as many candidates as deemed qualified at no cost.
  2. 31 May 2016 District Deadline - Applications should be sent to DG Jim (jimbelldg1516@gmail.com)
a.   Applicants must submit their application to the district by 31 May to seek endorsement.
b.   Districts must interview and submit their endorsement forms to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July 2016.
c.   Applicants can choose to apply online or with the PDF application. Both can be located on the website. 
Linked to this email are extra resources to help recruit applicants, better understand the application process, and conduct interviews for applicants you are interested in endorsing.
Additional resources include:
3.      Rotary Peace Centers Programmatic Webinar (English only): https://vimeo.com/147646382
We thank you for your dedication and support to the Rotary Peace Centers and the Rotary Peace Fellowship. By working together to recruit and select highly qualified candidates for the 2017 Rotary Peace Fellowship, we continue to build peace and work towards conflict prevention and resolution in our world.
Warm regards,
Rotary Peace Centers
2017 Rotary Peace Fellowship Rotary Peace Centers 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
The Four Way Test - "Will It Be Beneficial To All Concerned" - You betcha!!
Taken from Deb Holler’s (RC of Simi Valley) Facebook page is the following heart-warming story of Rotarians in action:
Thank you to all members of Team Tony for your prayers and encouraging words! In less than 24 hours from now, Tony Falato will receive the gift of life from fellow Rotarian Rocky Rhodes, and the transplant process will begin!! We ask for your continued prayers and positive thoughts for Tony and our donor Rocky throughout the day tomorrow and in the coming weeks as they begin the recovery process. We will post updates on the Team Tony page as we are able. We thank for so much love and support through this process!!
 Look at these smiles with their signed hospital gowns from the Rotary Club of Simi Valley! It says it all! The person giving the gift of life and the person receiving the gift of life. Praying for the perfect outcome today!! We love you Tony Falato and Rocky Rhodes!!
The day after surgery both Tony and Rocky are resting and recovering. Your continued prayers are appreciated! Thank you to all of you for your comments, prayers, and show of amazing support and love!!
The Four Way Test - "Will It Be Beneficial To All Concerned" - You betcha!! Deb Holler 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Courtroom Canine becomes a RI Paul Harris Fellow
Legend is an average-looking Labrador retriever with an extraordinary job. He is a therapy dog used to comfort court witnesses and victims, including devastated children, as they recall traumatic events.
On a recent assignment, Legend sat in the witness box of a Bakersfield, Ca. courtroom, his nose in the lap of a child as she explained how her stepfather shot her mother in the head. The child was understandably nervous; she had not seen her stepfather since the night of the shooting. Legend spent over an hour with the child on the stand as she described details surrounding that horrific event.
Deputy District Attorney Kenneth Green, a criminal prosecutor and Legend’s owner, works to make neighborhoods safer by keeping criminals off the street. Sometimes this requires the testimony of children. Child witnesses are glad to have a gentle, intuitive pooch stay near during a difficult time. For these children, Legend is a hero. A hero that brings relief and healing for vulnerable children who have undergone experiences so appalling they should never have lived through them, let alone be asked to explain them again to a jury. Legend’s comfort for children comes at a critical time. This calm creature soothes children in the witness box as they recount memories of rape, shootings and assault. To prevent swaying jurors’ opinions of the witness or their testimony, Legend is trained to stay hidden, and usually does.
Legend has always had a tender soul. Green initially took Legend as a puppy to train him as a guide dog. But when Legend, raised by Green’s family in a rural setting, failed a stressful performance examination on a busy Los Angeles street, a new purpose at court emerged. Legend was already a beloved court visitor when he was rejected as a guide dog – he spent days lying around Green’s office. Legend had already been present for most of Green’s time working with child molestation victims and was a natural fit because his calm nature had a soothing effect on children.
Months later, after many tests and a performance exam, Legend was certified as a comfort dog. Now, Green brings Legend to work with him almost every day. For his courthouse job, Legend was taught to take commands from far away without making eye contact with the handler, maintain positions for long periods of time and respond to witnesses’ emotional needs. Legend has a knack for these things. And it is for these reasons and more, that Rotarian John Fallgatter of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield West made Legend a RI Paul Harris Fellow.
Legend’s popularity has earned him his own Facebook page. Green and his wife are preparing to add another trainer and more dogs to the witness comfort program. Once the training is formalized, Green plans to expand the program to provide nuzzling solace for more child witnesses.
*Submitted by Rotarian Jacquelyn S. Jans as reported by Bakersfield Life Magazine, July 2015.
** Photos include Legend receiving his PH certificate, pin and medallion (which personally belonged to John Fallgatter when he was made a PH); along with RC of West President Roger Griess, Rotarian Jacquelyn S. Jans, Deputy Dist. Attorney Ken Green, Faith Green and Rotarian John Fallgatter.
Courtroom Canine becomes a RI Paul Harris Fellow Jacque Jans 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
How To Increase Your Club's Membership
Hear how a 33 member Rotary club in Worcester, Massachusetts brought in 82 members the year Satya Mitra was president.  He now sits on the RI Membership Committee and speaks to clubs all over the world.  We are delighted he will be in our area the first week of March.
Come hear Satya on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at noon at the RC of Thousand Oaks meeting, Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.  You’ll be glad you did.
How To Increase Your Club's Membership 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Special Offers Exclusively for Rotarians
We would like to take this opportunity as the new year starts, to remind you about Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefit program featuring special offers that allow you to do a lot more for a lot less—no matter what you’re doing. 
Whether you’re working on your club’s community projects, enjoying a night out with friends or sharing your Rotary story with someone new, you can take advantage of discounts and special offers on airfare, hotels, vehicle rentals, and entertainment.
Would you like to offer discounts from your business to other Rotarians? Help build the program by adding special offers from your own company to the growing portfolio of Rotary Global Rewards. To learn more, visit Rotary.org/GlobalRewards.
Please share this exciting news with your members. You’ll find promotional tools on the Rotary Global Rewards website that will help you introduce your Rotarian friends to the program.
The good you do comes back to you.
Special Offers Exclusively for Rotarians 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Rotary's Work Spotlighted in "National Geographic"
Hello all.  Happy new year! 
I’m pleased to report that National Geographic Online posted an article today about the future of polio eradication. The article heavily quotes our very own, Dr. Carol Pandak and highlights Rotary’s role in the fight against polio.  
National Geographic Magazine Online gets 2,517,119 unique visitors to the site each month and this story is a wonderful way to reinforce Rotary’s amazing work to its readers.
I’ve posted the link and story below my signature, highlighting all of Dr. Pandak’s quotes.
Chanele Williams
Media Relations Specialist | Public Relations Group
Rotary's Work Spotlighted in "National Geographic" 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Pedal Against Polio
Pedal Against Polio is a District wide fundraiser to assist with Rotary’s goal of eradicating Polio. We are looking to the month of April, 2016 to run the event.  

Each District Club is encouraged to participate by putting together, in their area, both an outdoor and indoor bike ride.

Each District Club will have the discretion of determining the distances and locations for the outdoor ride. Each District Club will have the discretion of determining the location for the indoor ride. 

Many cities in District 5240 have multiple Rotary Clubs and I would encourage these Rotary Clubs to work together to increase participation.

Think of what could be raised in April of 2016 in the effort to eradicate Polio if all 73 District 5240 Clubs participated in putting on a Pedal Against Polio event.

For more information please contact me, Dan Giordano at dgiordano@bak.rr.com  or call 661-834-1065 if you are interested in participating in the Pedal Against Polio April event. 
Pedal Against Polio Dan Giordano 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Festival of Youth Arts Festival - March 12th
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Festival of Youth Arts Festival - March 12th 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Letter from General Secretary Regarding Pakistan Bombing
Dear Colleagues:
(On January 13th), a horrific bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, took the lives of 15 security officers and civilians outside a polio immunization center. 
As an organization and Secretariat, we offer our heartfelt condolences and express a deep sadness in the wake of this terrorism against the cause of polio eradication. (Read the official Rotary statement condemning the deadly attack here.)
Unfortunately, we know that violent opposition to the brave work of polio health workers is not uncommon.
The Taliban and other extremists have waged a brutal campaign against vaccination teams, resulting in the deaths of more than 65 health workers and their supporters in Pakistan in the past two years. A local polio coordinator was killed by gunmen in the Swabi district of Pakistan in November.
This is why the commitment made following the blast by the police authorities in Balochistan, and the national government, to redouble their support of the polio eradication effort is an inspiration to everyone as we move forward past this sad day.
At Rotary, we must continue to demonstrate our commitment to ending polio in honor of those who risk their lives to reach every child with the vaccine. Vast improvements have been seen in Pakistan, with more than 80% fewer cases in the country than in 2014.
And our (post-blast) release of $35 million in grants for polio signals our determination to finish the job to which thousands of courageous individuals have committed themselves, and never forget the sacrifices made by those who were lost in attacks.
(January 13th was) not without a ray of hope. It (was) also the fifth anniversary of no new polio cases in India. This reminder of what can be achieved should give us strength to persevere, and bolster our resilience in the face of terror.
All the best.
John Hewko
General Secretary
Letter from General Secretary Regarding Pakistan Bombing John Hewko 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Governor's Message - February 2016
Last month I made the comment that our District is filled with "doers". That goes for the clubs too. We just completed our Million Dollar Brunch at Cal Lutheran University which included a presentation from The Rotary Foundation for awards earned for outstanding club performance during 2014-15. Our District had clubs recognized for excellence in three areas. I am so very impressed with these clubs' performances, I wanted to share those awards here with all of you:
Every Rotarian Every Year Award
This banner is awarded to clubs achieving a minimum of $100 per capita average with every active member personally contributing some amount to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year. I am very pleased to recognize those EREY clubs just awarded at the Million Dollar Brunch:
Cambria, Carpinteria Morning, China Lake, Conejo Valley, Fillmore, Goleta Noontime, Lompoc, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo Daybreak, Santa Maria, Santa Maria Breakfast, Simi Sunrise, Simi Sunset, Simi Valley, Ventura, Ventura East, Ventura South
100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club Award
This banner is awarded to clubs with every active member of the club personally contributing $100 or more to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year. Here are the clubs in our District recognized for this achievement:
Carpinteria Morning, Lompoc, Paso Robles Sunrise, Santa Maria Breakfast, Simi Sunrise, Ventura
Top Three Highest Per Capita Annual Giving Clubs (in our District)
Simi Sunset  $628.18
Paso Robles Sunrise  $597.22
Thousand Oaks  $385.34
Finally, Valentine's Day is just around the corner and falls this year on a Sunday. Please take time to remember all the "sweeties" in your life.
DG Jim
Governor's Message - February 2016 Jim Bell 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Sheri Horn-Bunk Honored
Congratulations to Sheri Horn-Bunk member and Past President (2014-15) of Bakersfield North Rotary Club . . . 5240 is proud of you! The following was taken from the January 19, 2016 blog written by Richard Beene, Bakersfield Californian ­president and CEO:  
It was good to hear that the Taft Chamber of Commerce is recognizing Sheri Horn-Bunk as its Woman of the Year for 2016. The ever-energetic Horn-Bunk is director of the Taft College Foundation and is one of the brains behind the successful West Kern Petroleum Summit that is held on the college campus.” 
Sheri Horn-Bunk Honored 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z
Jubilee of Rotarians
Please read the message below from RI President K.R. Ravindran.  8000 Rotarians are able to attend mass with Pope Francis at the April 30 event sponsored by Rotary District 2080 and the Vatican.
My Dear Friends,
I am pleased to bring you the good news that His Holiness Pope Francis will officiate at a Mass to Rotarians at St. Peter’s Square, Rome, on 30 April. We will have 8,000 seats reserved for Rotarians, as well as friends and family.
It is my great pleasure to invite you to join me in Italy on this day as we celebrate the Jubilee of Rotarians, a special event hosted by Rotary District 2080 and the Vatican.
In addition, local Rotarians will host special celebratory dinners and plan a service project for attendees.
I believe this event is a tremendous honor that will raise Rotary’s status across so much of the world, and it should bring us all great happiness to be a part of it, regardless of our own religions and beliefs.
For more information, please visit the Jubilee of Rotarians website, which has been provided by our friends in District 2080. Updates and additional information will be available leading up to the event. Registration will open 18 January. I ask that you also include mention of this event in your governor’s monthly letter.
This Jubilee, as established by Pope Francis, is known as the Holy Year of Mercy. It marks the time of forgiveness and reconciliation, of solidarity, hope, and justice. It is a commitment to serve with joy and in peace across the world.
As you work hard to Be a Gift to the World, I do hope you will make the effort to be in Rome with as many members of your district as possible.
Best regards
K.R. Ravindran
Rotary International President, 2015-16
Click the Read More link to learn more about the History of Rotary District 2080 Italy.
Jubilee of Rotarians 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z

Polio Plus Update

Jim Lewis
D5240 Polio Plus Committee Chair & International Service Director 2015-16
PP Rotary Club of Moorpark
Polio Plus Update James Lewis 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z

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

Rotaract President's Retreat

The Rotaract Presidents of District 5240 are meeting for the first ever President's Retreat Saturday, March 19, 2016 in San Luis Obispo, CA. All Rotaract clubs in the district will be represented by either the current club president or a proxy to begin forming the Rotaract District Counsel led by the District Rotaract Chair, and District Rotaract Representative.
During this meeting, Rotaractors will discuss concerns and ideas for further involvement with Rotaract Clubs from a district level. Members will also talk over training opportunities, recruitment strategies, and how to transition Rotaract members to a sponsoring Rotary Club.
Now more than ever, District 5240 is putting together a plan to "bridge the gap" between our youth programs and Rotarians to continue the legacy of Rotary International.
MacKenzie West
Bakersfield Rotaract President 2015-16
Rotaract President's Retreat 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
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
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