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, a Young Professionals Satellite Club in Westlake Village, and the international-focused Rotary E-Club of One World District 5240.  Our clubs are active in all aspects of Rotary, including community and international service, youth programs, and fellowship activities.

Stories From Around the District
Members of the Rotary Club of Solvang stepped up to operate a food booth during this year’s Annual Danish Days Festival, which honors the 1911 founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans.  Running from Friday, September 16th through Sunday, the 18th, it was the first Danish Days celebration since 2019.  Solvang Rotarians, for the first time, cooked and served more than 400 “Viking Burger” meals, consisting of grilled pork patties with Swiss cheese and grilled onions, served on toasted egg dough cheese/onion buns.  Chips and beverages completed the meal. YUM…!  The event drew thousands of visitors both Saturday and Sunday, as reported by the Santa Barbara News-Press.  In addition to many Danish costumes, the festival featured two parades, an axe-throwing contest, and a Lego Building Competition, for which the first prize garnered $500.
Rotary Team Trip to Ak’Tenamit in Guatemala

Ak’Tenamit is a boarding school of over 600 Indigenous Mayan students aged 12-18 in the Rio Dulce area of Eastern Guatemala. Numerous Rotary clubs have built and supported this school for over 20 years.
George Poulakos (RC Ventura) is looking for anyone interested in joining this trip on March 25 to April 2, 2023. Details and George's contact info is in the flyer linked below.
Julius Achon and Jim Fee's shared vision — to build and operate a health clinic in remote Northern Uganda — once seemed impossible to realize: construction, electrification, staff recruitment and equipment delivery would prove virtually impossible in a region so lacking in infrastructure and even passable roads. The need was great but so was the determination of Julius, Jim and the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund team.
Cambria Rotary was honored to get a chance to meet Julius in 2018 when we sponsored a run and barbeque at El Chorro Regional Park and a film/narration of “The Boy Who Runs, The Odyssey of Julius Achon”, organized by Bruce Howard, at the Fremont Theater The events raised $20,000 towards the purchase of an ultrasound machine for the health center. The next day, Julius attended our Rotary meeting and International Services Chair, Gerry Porter, presented Julius with a check for $1,795 for the purchase of a chemistry machine. An additional $1,000 was raised by club members at the meeting for the ultrasound machine and training. In 2022, our club donated a motorbike to the center so staff can deliver medications to those in need. We are proud to have played a small part in the success of the Kristina Health Center, now celebrating their 10th anniversary.
Through the efforts of its International Committee, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is planting 108 Milkweed plants in their yards.  The Monarch Butterfly lays its eggs exclusively on Milkweed.  When the caterpillars emerge, they eat the Milkweed and metamorphose into the beautiful Monarch butterflies which migrate between Canada and the Central Coast.  Mark Shelton and Sandy Lee spearheaded the project after hearing about a similar project by the Passport Club.  The plants were donated by a generous local, native plant breeder.

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