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

District 5240 Foundation Gala Celebrates the Rotary Foundation

and Honors Local Rotary Districts

Changing Lives Both Close to Home and Around the World

If service is the beating heart of Rotary, then the Rotary Foundation is its very lifeblood.

It is in and through the Foundation that we can support projects locally and throughout

the world.

It is through the Foundation that Rotary is made real in the lives of millions: working for

peace, supporting clean water and sanitation projects, providing for maternal and child

health programs. This is all a result of Rotarians throughout the world generously

sharing their resources. Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the

Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

You are cordially invited to

Rotary District 5240 Foundation Gala

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Sherwood Country Club, Westlake Village.

Formal – Black tie

$125 per person

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

No-host Cocktail Reception and Dinner.

Register today online at: http://bit.ly/D5240Gala

Contact: Foundation Gala Events Planner – Mary-Catherine: mcgobedo@gmail.com

Registration: Chas Wilson: cwilson3169@yahoo.com

Rotarians in District 5240 are proud of their Foundation and the work that is done

throughout the world and will be celebrating the Rotary Foundation

and 5240 District's contributions and achievements.

You won’t want to miss our Keynote Speaker, past Rotary International President K.R.

“Ravi” Ravindran.



How quickly time goes by. As we enter the half way point of this Rotary Year and the end of  2019 it is a good time to stop and reflect.

At the beginning of the year the city of Ridgecrest was shaken by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on the 4th of July only to be followed by a 7.1 the very next day.

Then in October several cities in the county of Ventura  experienced wild fires  including my home town of Simi Valley.  And now in November as I am writing this article we are watching the fires in Goleta and Santa Barbara.

It seems as though natural disasters are becoming the  way of life This is certainly not what we wish for but when it happens  Rotarians are among the first to respond. You shift into gear and go beyond yourselves to help others and in so doing you bring people and communities together.

I experienced your kindness, support and care during the Simi Valley fires . Each of you wanting to know how you could help It is a comforting to know that I am surrounded by a net work of caring people .

As is many times the case those who are affected the most, help the most. During the Thomas Fires Executive Assistant Governor  Bruce McGee lost his home and he was one of the first to call me offering a place to stay although he is yet to have his new house completed. 

During the earthquakes in Ridgecrest the Rotarians in  Ridgecrest forsook their immediate needs as they rushed to help others. 

President Brad from Moorpark Rotary club was affected by the fires in Simi Valley and yet when asked how we could help  he said by helping others less fortunate.

Sometimes we think that Service Above is just a lofty unattainable goal  but you live it.

As I travel around the district visiting clubs, I am often thanked for the sacrifice I am making. 

Its time for me to let the secret out. It is not a sacrifice.

It is the privilege of a lifetime although it can be an adventure. Driving on the 178 on my way to Kern River Valley certainly is not for the faint at heart.

I have the unique opportunity to  spend time with you and I am inspired when I learn of the countless hours you spend and many times the income you forego, as you tend to the sick, nurture the young, and help the elderly .

You do this without pressure or expectation because for you  the reward is in the service .

You continue to make the Rotary brand the symbol of kindness compassion and hope.

As we close off 2019 I have so much to be grateful for and on top of the list is the gift of Rotary. Thank you for being my source of inspiration.

I wish you a happy holiday and all the best for 2020.

As someone said may all your troubles last as long as your new year resolutions.

See you in 2020!

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 December the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Mike Gibson. 

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

Mike Gibson, Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary

Member of Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary 1989 – present:

President 1996 – 97

Helped found Christmas Parade of Lights in 1995 to present

Continues to coordinate Parade of Lights each year including:

Applications for parade entries, Advertising Parade order, Parade jobs – coordinating, Parade committee agenda

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Barn Party fundraiser – helps BBQ and coordinating food purchase

Head of scholarship committee since 2002

Volunteers for numerous Rotary events such as Day in the Park, Special Olympics

dinner, clip board man etc.



By John Baxter

Rotary Clubs sometimes struggle with where to hold an off-site meeting. Why not hold it at a local high school?  Our Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise held its 7 a.m. meeting at Royal High School in Simi Valley, California.  

We wanted to develop a stronger connection with a local school and learn more about the pathway programs the school offered and how our Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise could help. Career Pathway programs, developed by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health, and Human Resources,  promote the use of career pathways (high schools and colleges)  to assist youth and adults with acquiring marketable skills and industry-recognized credentials. Many countries offer similar programs under different names.

Royal High School offers its students pathways in Building and Construction Trades Digital Arts, Education, Food Service and Hospitality, JROTC and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Patient Care - Sports Medicine, Software and Systems Development.

Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning President Kim Fly couldn’t help getting fired up talking to Past District Governor Sandi Schwartz about her Ride To Nowhere.  If Sandi, could raise over $18,000, the Carpinteria Morning Club could certainly raise a couple thousand dollars.

So the challenge was born...
Are you in a Rotary club that isn’t meeting your - or a few of your - members’ expectations? Are there members who like your club but can’t keep attending when it meets? Would you like to start a new club with a small, energetic group committed to community service? If you answered yes to any of these questions, starting a satellite club might be for you. It’s another available option to help Rotary membership grow.
Unlike regular Rotary clubs, which require 20 members to start, a satellite club can form with just eight members. Satellite clubs also give community members and Rotarians the chance to make a positive difference in a club environment that often differs from their current Rotary club.
Like all Rotary clubs, satellite clubs hold regular meetings, have bylaws and a board of directors, and get involved in community service projects. A local Rotary club sponsors the club and provides advice and support. Satellite club members are Rotarians. Officially, they are members of the sponsor club.
By Tim Trujillo, Executive Assistant Governor, Region 1
Strong family bonds are essential for everyone’s well-being. To make it easier and cost-effective for a family member to participate in Rotary programs and to enjoy the benefits of membership together, consider a Family Membership Plan.
Rotary’s Family Membership plan allows a second adult in the Regular Member’s household to have full Rotary participation in all meetings, events and training programs. The policy guiding this membership plan is as follows: 
The Family Membership offering is a discount to a family household member of an existing member paying the Regular Member rate. Family members can join for $ XX per month. This applies as long as another family member is paying the Regular Member rate. 

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 November the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Gerry Porter. 

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

Gerry Porter- Rotary Club of Cambria

This is what Cambria Club President Mary Ann Carlson has to say about Gerry :
• Dedicated Rotarians for 15 + years
• Attend all conferences, National, and District and most every educational offering
• Hosts Rotary meetings and receptions at his home • Instrumental in bringing Julian Asange from S. Africa to speak on Polio
• Instrumental in bringing speakers from Schools in India and Schools in Bangladesh
• Gerry has been President, has been international Chair, has been foundation president
• Always has projects for district DDGs – helps write and submit for them
• Working on a Rotary International partner Grant for teaching mothers in Bangladesh
• Brought the club foot project to club. Brought Lakota Tribe Electricity project to club.
• Financially supports a girl for the Pyali Girls School in India
• Works all events and attends nearly every club meeting, committee meeting and board meeting and helps any club member who need information or assistance
Gerry is an exemplary Rotarian and well deserving to be Group 11 Rotarian of the year.

Need an idea for a Fun fund raiser? Consider Totally Tables. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of China Lake, this new community fund-raiser generated $9900 for this year’s recipient, the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Hospice House.  

Tables of 8 were sponsored by individuals or groups (i.e. organizations, service clubs, etc).  Each table was then uniquely decorated and set following a theme by the table sponsor. Typical themes included travel, sports, products. Our event had table themes of camping, Paso Robles wine, 4th of July, flamingos, roaring 20’s glamour, baseball, fall out, monopoly.

Our event started with social time followed by a catered dinner. There was a short program describing hospice and the Hospice House. Music, dancing, a 50/50 drawing and limited door prizes rounded out the evening. It truly was a fun evening.

For more information, please contact Betty Miller, 760 382 8295, millerbet@verizon.net.

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Scott Phillips from the Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime has been selected to serve as District Governor during the Rotary year 2022-2023.

Scott is a member of the Goleta Noontime Rotary club since 2013. He went on to serve as the Club’s President in 2016-2017. During that year the club was number one in the district for per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation’s  Annual Fund.

Getting little ones, aged 5 or 6, interested in reading is a great way to ensure their success throughout their education years. Reading is such an important part of eventual learning and development in our school systems that it needs to be emphasized early. For kids it also needs to be made fun and enjoyable. So, Edutainment can be achieved by giving kindergartners a personalized book called “School is Fun".


By PDG Frank Ortiz, District Rotary Foundation Chair

Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express our gratitude for your commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honor a friend or family member. 

Rotary Club of Ojai West salutes Richard MacArthur for his dictionary project. In sixteen years, Richard McArthur and the Rotary Club of Ojai West have distributed over five thousand student dictionaries to third graders in the Ojai Valley.  The dictionary is a special edition with reference material on geography, American history, and weights and measures.  Students are encouraged to write their name in the book and keep it with them throughout their education.  

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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