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 first time I was invited to  Rotary I told  the person  that I was busy I have a business to build. 

He said “OK, see you next year”. 

And he came the next year and I gave him the same answer “ busy“ and he said “OK, see you next year”.

Much to my surprise he came back the following year. Three consecutive years he came, and this time he brought members of his club and they told me all they wanted me to do was to attend one club’s meeting.

Sometimes that all that it takes; I attended the meeting and I was hooked.

By David Gore
"A Paul Harris Fellow is the recognition applied to the contribution of $1,000 or more by, or on behalf of, any person to The Rotary Foundation ("TRF")."  Many such contributions help fund projects in the donor's community, and frequently these projects are funded through District Grants.  It's part of human nature to contribute to projects done in our own backyard.  The need is easily evident to us by virtue of getting to know our neighbors and the daily struggles they face as they work to improve their situation.  Paradoxically, however, humanitarian needs are often greater in far-flung corners of our world that attract little outside attention.
Many Rotarians are unaware that District Grant projects - funded by their annual fund contributions which garner Paul Harris Fellow recognition - may also be used for overseas projects.  Rotarian of Action Kay Bliss and the Rotary Club she belongs to, RC Ojai, are firm believers in using district grant funded projects to accomplish humanitarian goals across the globe.  In the most recently completed Rotary year of 2018-19, the Ojai club frequently worked with its overseas partners to complete projects in four different continents.  Project sites were in Europe (Bosnia, economic development), Asia (India, water and sanitation), Africa (Niger, peace and conflict resolution), and North America (USA, education).
True, global grants are the funding vehicles of choice for accomplishing large-scale humanitarian benefits on a world-wide basis.  But district grants also can be used to relieve human suffering and reverse misfortune in a manner that is both simple and highly cost-effective.  Please consider these benefits of your investment in TRF's annual fund.  Your contributions to the annual fund are the lifeblood of funding for District (and Global) Grants.  The icing on the cake is that all of your contributions to TRF's annual fund qualify you for Paul Harris Fellow recognition when they sum to $1,000 or more."

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 July the Rotary clubs of  Fillmore, Ojai, Ojai West, Santa Paula, Ventura, Ventura East, and Ventura South selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Kay Bliss. 

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

Kay Bliss- Rotary Club of Ojai, Member since 2001

Kay has served as Past President, Youth Services Director, International Service Director and was our 1st Peace Chair, insuring our status as a Peace Builder Club in 2018/2019, with the completion of the Matilija Peace Pavilion- a beautiful outdoor pavilion at our Middle School designed for outdoor teachings & gatherings. The pavilion includes a time capsule and bronze plaques of quotes chosen by students by leaders of Peace in the world, in addition under the coordination of Past DG Wade Nomura, a Japanese persimmon tree from Hiroshima was presented to DG Sandy and planted at the Peace Pavilion. Kay currently serves as our Global Grants Chair, a new member mentor and on our Board of Directors as Member-at-Large.


One way to grow Rotary is to form new clubs, even in communities where Rotary is thriving. Here is the message that Rotary International President Mark Maloney has been sharing demonstrating how a single Rotary club likely does not serve all of the leaders in a community.

Here is the link to the video:


Deepening our impact by expanding membership is a top priority for us. Rotary International has put together a page with many resources – from Assessing your club, Engaging new members, Connecting with prospective members and much more. This information can be found at https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/learn-topic/membership

The District receives many questions about flexibility options for clubs. Rotary has a page that talks about Rotary club models, guide to satellite clubs, guide to corporate membership and more. Take a look at https://my.rotary.org/en/club-flexibility for ideas and information.

Make sure your club has a membership committee and you are exploring all of the options available! More Rotarians means we are more impactful in our communities, around the world, and in our members’ lives!

Let’s Grow Rotary!

Interested in showcasing your project at our upcoming District Conference?

We are asking any club that is interested in showcasing their international or local project at the upcoming D5240 Conference to submit their request by September 9th.

Rotary Ventura South Serves up Support for 27th Annual Ventura County Veterans Stand Down

On a warm Saturday afternoon, July 27, a team of members and guests from the Rotary Club of Ventura South prepared and served dinner for more than 50 needy veterans at the 27th Annual Veterans Stand Down, a three-day event that provides a wide range of services to veterans from throughout the County, many of whom have found themselves without a permanent home.

New Video Series Spotlights Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Members Sharing Why “BBRC is the Place to Be”!

As Rotary International works to build its brand and membership numbers around the globe, Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) is doing the same with its new series of video testimonials featuring members sharing some of their favorite Rotary experiences.

Click here to see Bree’s message:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=3PjEWm9HCoQ

Arroyo Grande Rotary Club is Conducting a Charity Raffle - Win a 2019 Ford Escape SUV!
 “Keys for a Cause” Raffle Drawing on August 25, 2019 at the Grover Beach Stone Soup Music Festival
Raffle Partners include Mullahey Ford of AG and Various Regional Non-Profit Organizations

The Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande and Mullahey Ford in Arroyo Grande are partnering in a charity raffle which offers the grand prize of a 2019 Ruby Red Ford Escape SUV!  This is the second year of this partnership which was very successful in 2018.  The grand prize includes CA sales tax and vehicle registration fees.  Net proceeds will fund several local Rotary programs and scholarships as well as several local non-profit organizations.  

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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