Rotary District 5240 is made up of over 3,000 members from: 72 Rotary Clubs located in 4 counties of Southern California; The Rotary E Club of One World which spans over 6 continents; The "National Chapters" of The Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning which connect local clubs to members in other states and countries. We meet regularly to form bonds and friendships and we also strive to improve lives locally and around the world. 
Stories From Around the District

The countless raffle tickets you have sold, the endless fundraisers that you have held to raise funds to eradicate a disease that is for most of us a distant memory and for protecting children whose names you will never know .

As Nelson Henderson said “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit”

Polio was the most feared disease until its 99.9% eradication from the world but to those whom it threatens the fear remains. 

Polio is vicious and devours the body leaving wasted limbs, perpetual pain, premature death.

No child deserves this fate and one infected child is one child too many.

We have to remember that none of us are safe until all of us are safe.

Rotary made a promise to the children that they will live in a polio free world where they will not be robbed of the simple gift of walking, running or playing with their friends.

The world thought we were crazy. They wanted to know how would we start to eradicate polio when  350,000 children were infected every year in over 100 countries . 

Steve Jobs said those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do. 

We are now down to less than 70 cases in 2 countries.

On Oct 24th, the World Polio Day let us renew our promise and commitment that we will not stop until we drop to zero. 

For every child who  is saved there is a brother, a sister, a father, a mother, who is saying “Thank You Rotary.”

And to you my fellow Rotarians, I thank you for your continued commitment, care and compassion for protecting all of our children in the world.


District 5240 has no shortage of outstanding Rotarians whose service to humanity can serve as an inspiration to all of us.

This Rotary year, we plan on recognizing and sharing their inspirational journey.

Each of the 12 Groups in the District has been assigned one month in the Rotary 2019-20 year for the Assistant Governor and Presidents to select one Rotarian of Action in their Group

For the month of  September the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Allan Jones. 

In recognition of “doing good in the world”, Allan will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.

Allan Jones- Rotary Club of Solvang


Allan Jones of the Rotary Club of Solvang has a passion for bringing his Club into the future. As a Rotarian since 1995, he has offered leadership and inspiration through his Presidency in 2000-2001, his commitment through leading in Avenues of Service through his 24-year history and most recently, as Membership Chair since 2017.  

Allan has fully embraced the importance of membership, not just as a number’s game, yet as a vital part of keeping his club alive, fresh and growing.  He has brought energy to his position, inviting potential new members to club meetings and community events. With a sincere smile, a firm handshake and spot on his busy calendar if they’d like to “talk it over”, he truly engages them with a spirit of friendship. He takes his role a step further, directing newcomers to important resources and shepherding them through the process of becoming comfortable and engaged as Rotarians. In action, he is driven to maximize the potential of his club’s future and simply cannot recall exactly how many people he has sponsored into the club over the years. 

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5, and is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can then attack the nervous system. Years after recovery, post-polio syndrome may occur, with a slow development of muscle weakness similar to that which the person had during the initial infection.

Polio has been on the earth for thousands of years, with depictions disease in ancient art, such as in the carvings inside an ancient Egyptian pyramid, portraying a priest with a withered leg.

In the early 20th century, polio was one of the most feared diseases in the industrialized world. It paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children every year. Effective vaccines against polio were introduced by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, in the 1950s and 60s. Polio was brought under control and practically eliminated as a public health problem in the United States and other countries. As of 1979, the United States was polio free; in 1988 the global polio eradication initiatives began. Since then more than 25 billion children have immunized, Thanks to the cooperation more than 200 countries, backed by an international investment of more than US$11 billion. The timeline of the history of polio may be found at www.polio.org, as well as www.endpolio.org.

Today, only two countries have not stopped polio. They are Pakistan and Afghanistan. Many factors contribute to their inability to eradicate this disease. Rotary international, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been largely responsible for the success of polio eradication in all the other countries. Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

You, as Rotarians, are important to the world - Please continue to fight for the eradication of polio!  PLEASE CLICK to RED MORE for a letter you can use to send to prospective donors

James “Jim” Lewis

PP RC of Moorpark

D 5240 Polio Plus Chair


In a recent article Click Here for Article, we saw how Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition points can be used in a 50:50 matching arrangement to inspire contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) via donations to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or an approved global grant.

This article extends this concept by tying it to an award that may be earned by Rotary (and Rotaract) clubs: the 100% PHF club.  Did you know that this TRF award is earned by a Rotary/Rotaract club just once in its existence?  Thereafter the club is considered a 100% PHF club, even if new members join the club who are not yet PHF.

As of this writing, more than half (42 of 71) of D5240’s Rotary clubs are already 100% PHF clubs.  399 Rotarians in the remaining 29 clubs have not yet received a PHF pin.  On average, each of those 399 members currently has already accumulated $117 in PHF recognition.

Therefore, D5240 could become a 100% PHF district if these 399 members jointly contributed $883 per capita ($1,000 for PHF, minus $117) to The Rotary Foundation, a total of $352,300.

Is it realistic to expect all members (often newer ones) who are not yet PHF to make $883 contributions to TRF?  Probably not; at least not immediately and unaided.  But here is where the magic of a 50:50 arrangement comes in!

D5240’s Rotary clubs collectively have accumulated 1,372,528 PHF recognition points to date, supported by their past contributions to TRF’s annual fund, to Polio Plus, or to named global grants.  This figure is dwarfed by the 3,836,228 recognition points owned individually by D5240 Rotarians.  (We have been generous in our support of TRF!)  These recognition point totals surpass by comfortable margins the amount needed to make the district 100% PHF.

So, here’s a modest proposal for the 29 Rotary clubs in D5240 that want to earn their 100% PHF club banner this year.

  • Establish a 50:50 program in your club, using either club (or member) PHF recognition points.  Challenge your non-PHF members to become PHF by pledging $s to The Rotary Foundation.  For every donated dollar, match it with a PHF recognition point from your club, or from your club’s members who volunteer to participate.  Always use signed TRF forms 102-EN to transfer recognition points.

It’s easy, and your club should do it.  Recognition points do not earn interest.  Their most important use is to provide an incentive to others to make new contributions to TRF.  Points disappear (often) when a Rotarian resigns from the club or passes away.  PHF recognition points should be used sooner, not later, as an incentive for contributions to TRF that help fund your club’s projects, for the welfare of your community and the world.

If your club isn’t 100% PHF, challenge it!  Become a 100% PHF club by June 2020.  Institute a 50:50 matching program and watch your club earn a well-deserved honor that never expires!

A list of 100% PHF clubs appears on the next page.  Questions?  Please contact the author at davcgor@gmail.com

On Monday, September 23rd, a few members of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset helped serve hot meals to people in need of food at the Samaritan Center in Simi Valley. This small but impactful project was organized by the club’s Community Service Director, Mike Kort. Mike contacted several restaurants to provide the meals who were more than happy to donate and coordinated the timing with The Samaritan Center. Thanks to Chick Fil-A, El Huarache de Mexico, and Smokin Steve's Pit BBQ at least 50 people in need were served.
Mike was able to pick up all the food and deliver the meals to the Samaritan Center where they were heated and prepped. Mike even prepared lemonade at his home the night before. When the doors opened at 5:30p, a long line of those in need were served, buffet style, by Rotarians who greeted them. To top off the evening, The Samaritan Center provided cake for dessert.

Here’s a question that comes up a lot.  What are Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition points?

Other questions frequently follow.  How can these points be used?  Can we use them to help fund a grant project?

The answer to that last question is, unfortunately, no.  Let’s see why, and let’s answer the earlier questions as well.

Simply put, Paul Harris Fellow recognition points are assigned to a contributor to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for dollar gifts given to the Annual Fund, to Polio Plus, or to an authorized Global Grant.  Fresh contributions add to a donor’s recognition point total at the rate of one point per dollar given.

Can the points themselves be used to fund a new Rotary Foundation grant project?  No, they cannot, as they represent prior contributions to TRF, in some cases made many years ago. Those dollars were used to fund projects then and are not available again to fund new projects.

So how can PHF recognition points be used?  The answer lies within the name.  Such points can be used to recognize any person – including a fellow Rotarian or a member of the community – as a new (or multiple) Paul Harris Fellow.

Some sad news regarding one of our Past District 5240 Governors... The text below is from Rob van Nieuwburg, Past President of the Rotary Club of Ventura.
A little over three weeks ago I told you how my long-time friend Marc Vertin was fighting for his life. In the afternoon on September 12, 2019, he lost that fight. As usual, everyone will express their sorrow, offer prayers and thoughts for the ones staying behind and move on with life. That’s what we do. Sometimes events like this hit just too close for comfort. It takes more than just accept and move on. Tears won’t even do much to help with the pain and immensity of the loss. For me, this is one that is much too close.

District 5240 has no shortage of outstanding Rotarians whose service to humanity can serve as an inspiration to all of us.

This Rotary year, we plan on recognizing and sharing their inspirational journey.

Each of the 12 Groups in the District has been assigned one month in the Rotary 2019-20 year for the Assistant Governor and Presidents to select one Rotarian of Action in their Group

For the month of August the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Tammy Dobrotin. 

In recognition of “doing good in the world”, Tammy will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.

Tammy Dobrotin – Goleta Evening Rotary

Tammy is easily on of our most active and dedicated members and has been for several years! She can always be counted on to get involved in our numerous service projects, both in the planning and the actual work. Her level of commitment does not simply end with showing up on the day of the event but rather she typically takes on a leadership role simply because she is incredibly smart and committed to all things Rotary!

Share Your Club Stories

Rotary District 5240 encourages clubs within the District to submit short articles, "Club Stories," to be published on the District Website and in the District Newsletter. Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to showcase your club's accomplishments. Here are the guidelines and the "how-to" for submitting your stories.   

WHAT qualifies as a Club Story?

Club Stories are highlights of District 5240 Club-specific activities. The following examples illustrate activities that qualify as District 5240 Club Stories (upcoming or after the fact):
  • Community Service Projects
  • International Service Projects
  • New Membership Highlights
  • Club Fundraising Events
  • Member Award Recognitions

HOW do I submit my Club Story?

After you make sure the story qualifies as a "Club Story," you may submit it by emailing ALL of the following items to stories@district5240.org:
  1. A short summary of the activity, minimum 50 words and maximum 250 words. Please submit as a Word doc and proofread prior to sending. If the content is copywrited/re-used from another source, permission must be granted and please reference the source.
  2. Include 2-3 of the best photographs taken from the activity. If there are individuals included in the photo, please include names and Club titles of each Rotarian. (If there is a YouTube video link taken from the event, please include as well).
  3. Include the contact information of the most appropriate Rotarian that others may reach out to regarding the featured story.

WHERE will my Club Story be posted?

The three most recently published Club Stories will be highlighted on the homepage of www.rotarydistrict5240.org, while an archive of previous Club Stories will be included and available to view under the menu tab, District -> Archived District Stories.
Your story may also be selected for the District Newsletter which goes out to our nearly 3300 active members.

WHEN will my Club Story be posted after I submit?

Depending on the amount of Club Stories in the cue, your article could take as short as 24 hours or up to 2 weeks to be published after all necessary information is received.

We hope that you take advantage of this promotional opportunity for your Club!

Questions about Club Stories? Please email stories@district5240.org for assistance.
Questions about the website? Please email website@district5240.org for assistance.
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