Rotary District 5240 consists of almost 3,000 members in 70 Rotary Clubs. The District spans four counties in Central California - San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, and Kern County – as well as a Chapter Club based in Guatemala and a Young Professionals Satellite Club in Westlake Village.  Our clubs are active in all aspects of Rotary, including community and international service, youth programs, and fellowship activities.

Stories From Around the District
The Rotary Club of Ventura South President Nkosi Khumalo (“NK”) is proud to announce the 2022 Senior Graduate Scholarship recipients from St Bonaventure High School ( Olivia Escobedo, William MacNeil, Maria Bernal, Jessica Sanchez ) and from Ventura High School (Juerta Pirraci, Iliana Macias, Ryan Palmisano, Jesus Alvarez Flores, Taylor Denger). Each graduate received a cash check of $2,500 towards their university tuition.


When David Drumright joined the Rotary Club of Camarillo in 1999, he was focused on networking. The insurance broker quickly realized, however, that community service was more valuable than gaining new clients.

“What motivates me is that I love the club, I love the people and I love what we do in the community,” said Drumright, 62.  He was nominated by former presidents to assume a leadership role in 2006, and he said he has been dedicated to reviving important traditions while developing new strategies to serve the city.

The greatest challenge he’s faced as president is the pandemic, he said.  Unable to hold long-standing events in person, the club struggled to maintain participation.
“A lot of clubs have fallen apart, and I didn’t want to see our club fall apart,” he said. “I want to see it grow.” The club has roughly 55 members—five more than before the pandemic, Drumright said.

Money from the Rotary Club Talent Showcase and the Carpinteria Rotary Foundation is now in the hands of the Carpinteria Education Foundation (CEF), earmarked for student scholarships.

The money will fund seven scholarships. This includes two $2,500 scholarships for members of the Carpinteria High School Interact Club, in Doc Carty’s name; one $2,000 scholarship for a student pursuing music and the arts, in Nilo Fanucchi’s name; and five $1,000 scholarships for Career Technical Education students selected by the school staff.

School board trustee Sally Green accepted a check for the scholarships on behalf of CEF.

Cambria Rotary sponsors, mentors and guides the Coast Union High School Interact Club each year as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills. We could not be prouder of this year’s club and salute them for all they have accomplished.

President, Lisi Happel, Vice President, Caiden Kennedy, Treasurer Violet Wills, Secretary Emmy Johnson and Social Media Director Rory Cloward led the 2021-22 club which conducted monthly beach cleanups, volunteered at the Harvest Festival, Toys for Tots, Camp Ocean Pines Anniversary Dinner, Skate Day, San Simeon Easter Egg Hunt, Beautify Cambria’s Dark Skies and the Bee Festival.

In celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday in 2019, Bakersfield College started the first of many peace initiatives with support from the Patel Foundation, the Bakersfield College Foundation, and area Rotary clubs. The first of many proposed peace gardens on campus, with a Rotary Peace Pole, was dedicated on October 21, 2021.
A second peace garden will break ground soon. Bakersfield Breakfast Club Rotarians and Peace Committee members Cheryl Scott and Mindy Wilmot continue to be involved in the Peace Initiative on Bakersfield College campus. They were also involved in the Bakersfield College Peace Initiative President’s Seminar Series where the connection between Rotary and Peace were showcased. “BC and Rotary: Building Peace in Kern County” may be found at this link. Additionally, a video further discussing the partnership may be found on YouTube.

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