Centennial Interact Canned Food Collection

The world of those experiencing hunger and homelessness seems very far from the students at Centennial High School, Bakersfield, CA. To bring this issue to the forefront of teen awareness, the Centennial INTERACT Club is illuminating this plight through its early Canned Food Drive. The Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will be recognized Nov. 15-22 this 2020 COVID year.

The Centennial Interact Club has sponsored a drive-thru Can Food Collection project, Saturday, October 24th from 11:00AM – 3:00PM. This school year, it appears the Kern High School District will continue its restriction on campus activities that are also a part of this Interact Club’s association and its contiguous social base.

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Tehachapi Rotary & Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids

On Wednesday, October 21st, Tehachapi Rotary donated 35 coats to the Tehachapi Salvation Army.  These coats were purchased by monies budgeted by the club along with a donation from the Walmart in Tehachapi.  Rotarians Rhonda Brady and Cathy Criger went shopping at the Burlington Coat Factory in Bakersfield and Walmart a few days before, choosing coats for teenagers at the request of Salvation Army.  Tehachapi Rotary is happy to continue supporting the Coats for Kids drive and looks forward to its next service projects, Rhonda’s idea of a Twelve Days of Christmas food drive and participating in Salvation Army’s annual bellringing in front of different Tehachapi businesses.
Tehachapi Rotary & Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids 2020-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

An Update from ShelterBox

Join us online for “An Evening to Experience ShelterBox”
An Evening to Experience ShelterBox
8:00 - 9:00 PM ET
Join ShelterBox for an hour of inspiration, highlighting the lifesaving work you have enabled and the lives your support has transformed.
2020 Global Humanitarian Service Award presentation to Rotary International.
This event is free; registration is required. https://www.ShelterBoxUSA.org/Virtual
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Rotary & Interact Clubs Keep Bakersfield Beautiful

At the invitation of Mayor Karen Goh, Bakersfield citizen volunteers in their socially-responsible masks, banded together to help beautify Downtown Bakersfield, Saturday October 17th. Among the sea of red shirted Centennial Interact Club members were dozens of volunteer Rotarians from East, West and Twilight clubs, including several city representatives. Home Depot donated six flats of perennial flowers for the planters at 'H' and Eye streets.
  Centennial Interact Club
Rotary & Interact Clubs Keep Bakersfield Beautiful 2020-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Bakersfield West Rotary Club Emergency Services Project

Bakersfield West Rotary Club Facilitates Donation of Ambulance to Hospital in Guatemala.
The Hall Ambulance Company of Bakersfield has generously donated an ambulance as part of an international service project organized by the Bakersfield West Rotary Club. The Bakersfield West Club will ship the ambulance to Guatemala for use by a small hospital located in the highland community of Santiago Atitlán in the Sololá Province of Guatemala. Bakersfield West Rotary is partnering with the Guatemala City West Rotary Club, who identified the hospital’s need for the ambulance.
Bakersfield West Rotary Club Emergency Services Project 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Twilight Rotary of Bakersfield Donates to Homeless

While Covid-19 has been difficult for everyone, it has been especially difficult for members of our community who are homeless. The Bakersfield Homeless Shelter is a lifeline for many families with children and other individuals who are faced with the challenges of being homeless while trying to stay safe during a pandemic. Rotary Twilight members came together during a drive by and drop off "event" staffed by several Rotary Twilight members (with face masks and proper social distancing, of course). They dropped off and gathered a significant amount of much needed hygiene items, new underwear for adults and children, diapers, hand sanitizer, and face masks for later donation to the Bakersfield Homeless Center. For those staffing the drive by and drop off event, as well as those driving by to drop off items for donation, it was a much welcome "non-virtual” experience. The collected items were subsequently donated to the Bakersfield Homeless Center by Rotary Twilight President, Li Gibbs, Past President, Nancy Pollard, and Community Service Chair, Laura Williams. Seeing the large number of items collected and donated was a reminder to all of us that small clubs can make a big difference! 
Twilight Rotary of Bakersfield Donates to Homeless 2020-10-13 07:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary Council on Resolutions

The Rotary Council on Resolutions meets online every year to vote on proposed resolutions and urgent enactments. Resolutions are requests to the Board or the Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents.  A resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues. An urgent enactment is a change to the constitutional documents, proposed by the RI Board, that the Board has determined cannot wait until the next Council on Legislation, which is held every three years.

Representatives from all Rotary districts vote as a Council on Resolutions on  proposed enactments and resolutions. Adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees. Urgent enactments that have been adopted will amend the constitutional documents, and will take effect one month after the Council on Resolutions report has been sent.

The 2020 Council on Resolutions will take place 15 October through 15 November. This year there is one emergency enactment and twenty-seven resolutions for consideration.  As a Rotarian in District 5240, you have the right to review the proposals and provide comments to the District’s representative.

A list of the resolutions and instructions on how to read a resolution can be downloaded by clicking here.   If you have comments or questions, please send them to the District 5240 Council Representative PDG Nick Frankle via email at nickdg1617@earthlink.net.  Be sure to include your name, contact information, club name, resolution number and whether your comment is in favor of or opposed to the resolution.

All comments must be received by November 1.  Results of the Council on Resolutions will be posted on the District 5240 website when they are announced.
2020 Rotary Council on Resolutions 2020-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

October Message from DG Deb Linden

World Polio Day Special Event: 
October is a special month in Rotary! On October 24, we celebrate World Polio Day when we join together to celebrate our success so far in eradicating Polio and raise funds to “Get to Zero.” Our Group 8 clubs have organized a very special event for World Polio Day and everyone is invited. Craig Needham, an attorney in San Jose, will share his amazing and inspiring story of being raised by him mother while she was confined to an iron lung after being paralyzed from Polio. Click on the flyer below or on this link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcocOmrpjIsGtecQY1o1iqPcOQiHbGA_5hH
Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week:
October 5-11, 2020 is Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week, a special time to renew relationships with former Rotary program participants, including Peace Fellows, Youth Exchange Students, RYLA students, Rotary Scholarship recipients, and former Rotaractors and Interactors. Take some time to reach out to these Alumni and invite them back into the Rotary family. Invite them to your virtual club meetings or schedule a special virtual social to reconnect and hear their stories. Every Rotary Alumnus is a potential Rotary Member!
Virtual District Conference:
We are SO excited for the Virtual District 5240 Conference, LIVE on November 6-8, 2020! A detailed agenda is now posted on the Conference website at www.rotary5240dc.com.
Here is your Call to Action for the conference:
  • Register: Registration and info are now available at www.rotary5240dc.com. Cost is only $25 per person ($10 for Rotaract members; youth under 18 are free).
  • Share What Rotary Means to You: We want to hear what Rotary means to our members, and we will be compiling the responses into a cool video that will be shown at the conference. All you need to do is shoot a short video of yourself responding to the following question: “To me, Rotary is ____________________.” Your response should be a max of five words long. And be sure to hold your smart phone in landscape mode (sideways). Email your videos to Ron Regier at rsregier@gmail.com. Please share with your members and encourage them to submit videos.
  • Display Your Project or Fundraiser: Advertise your club projects, grant opportunities, or fundraisers with a free Virtual Booth. If you are interested, please contact Berni Ann Lewis at bernilewis1@gmail.com.
Rotary Newsletters:
Did you know that Rotary publishes electronic newsletters in over a dozen topics, including leadership, membership, youth, service, and peace? You can subscribe for free for any of the newsletters and they will be emailed you on a regular basis. They contain super relevant and interesting information. To see the list of newsletters and to subscribe, click on this link: https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/newsletters
Rotary Zone Institute:
Each year, our Rotary Zones (Zones 26/27) convene a Rotary Institute, which is similar to a district conference but bigger and open to Rotarians throughout the two Zones. There are 30 Districts in Zones 26/27. This year, our Zone Institute will be virtual from Thursday, November 12 to Saturday, November 14, 2020 and is open to everyone! The cost is $49 per person.
Here is the link to the Institute website that includes registration and additional information, including a detailed schedule: https://zone2627.org/2020-rotary-institute. You will see that on Thursday and Friday, there are special classes in a variety of topics that you can sign up for. 
In Memory of Staci Ingram:
Finally, let us all remember and pay tribute to Staci Ingram who died late Tuesday night September 22, 2020, from a sudden and unexpected illness. Staci was a member of the Rotary Club of Ventura and an incredibly active and valued member of her club and her community. She was a wonderful mother and spouse and an accomplished professional at Roth Staffing Companies. She was generous with her time and her talents and she supported her Rotary club and the community of Ventura in countless ways. She has left a legacy that will live on long after her passing.
Staci’s family has set up a Go Fund Me account to assist with funeral expenses. Here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-honor-of-staci-ingram. Please keep Staci’s family and the members of the Rotary Club of Ventura close to your hearts as they deal with this tragic loss.
October Message from DG Deb Linden 2020-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

Camarillo Rotary Helps FoodShare

The Rotary Club of Camarillo recently donated $7,000 to FoodShare of Ventura County to help feed people in need during the Covid19 pandemic.

The funds are being used to purchase thousands of cardboard boxes for food items being distributed at community pop-ups. This is the largest grant that Camarillo Rotary has given FoodShare.

Camarillo Rotary Helps FoodShare 2020-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

September Message from DG Deb Linden

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

As I finish my first two months visiting clubs virtually, I am blown away by the creativity and adaptability our clubs have demonstrated during these challenging times. Despite the impact of COVID-19, our clubs are continuing to serve their communities, getting creative in their fundraising, and recruiting new members. Rotary truly Opens Opportunities and you should all be immensely proud!
District Conference Registration Now Open!
Our District 5240 Virtual District Conference is November 6-8, 2020, and registration is now open. You can find more information and a registration link at http://www.rotary5240dc.com
Here are some highlights:
  • Friday evening opening celebration: Party for Polio! Featuring Jim Messina of Loggins & Messina, Buffalo Springfield, and Poco
  • Saturday and Sunday morning General Sessions with incredible keynote presenters.
  • Saturday Breakout Sessions – choose your own training opportunity.
  • Virtual Project Expo
  • Networking, virtual meetups, and more!
  • Only $25 for Rotarians & guests, $10 for Rotaractors, and free for Interact members or youth under age 18.
Promote your Business!
Did you know that the District has a place where you can promote your business for other members to find? Well, we do! It is our online District 5240 Rotarian Business Network where you can add your business and where members can search for Rotarian-run businesses in our District. Let’s support each other! Go to https://www.rotary5240.biz for more info and to add/find a business.

Community Service Opportunity during COVID:
Are you or your club looking for a community service activity you can do safely even with the COVID restrictions? The California Coastal Commission has an opportunity for you (and you don’t need to live near an ocean!). The Commission has designated every Saturday in September as Coastal Clean Up Day in your own Neighborhood. For safety reasons, there are no large, centrally organized cleanup sites this year. Instead, cleanups will be self-guided and close to home. Cleaning your neighborhoods, local parks, streets, and storm drains helps protect our coast. Trash travels through storm drains, creeks, and rivers to become beach and ocean pollution. Help clean the beach by picking up litter in your community with your household. And if Saturdays don't work for you, don't let that stop you! You can clean up any day, any time. Go to https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html for more information, including a “Most Unusual Item” contest.
Step Up for Polio!
Don’t forget…we’ve launched our District-wide Step Up for Polio project, a way you can raise funds for PolioPlus through a personal fitness challenge. Click on the Step Up for Polio flyer in this newsletter for more information. Let’s all get moving and Step Up for Polio!

Public Image Grants Still Available:
There are still funds available to clubs for Public Image grants from the District 5240 Charitable Foundation. Have I piqued your interest? Go to https://www.rotarydistrict5240.org/sitepage/district-public-image-grants to learn more.
Finally, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Past District Governor Loretta Butts’ husband, John Butts, passed away on August 19, 2020, of health complications related to cancer. Loretta was our District Governor in 2014-2015 and John was her "official driver" for her club visits and her #1 cheerleader, not only during her DG year, but throughout their lives together. Loretta and John were married for 25 years and friends for much longer. John was a generous and giving soul and would support and encourage Loretta in whatever she undertook. John’s wish was to be cremated and no services will be held. If you would like to reach out to Loretta with a card or note, you can mail them to her at 7400 Pinal Ave., Atascadero, CA 93422
Take care and stay safe,
September Message from DG Deb Linden 2020-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

RC of Simi Sunset Donates to Make-A-Wish

The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset was asked by Make-A-Wish to support a local Simi Valley resident. Joey fell into a swimming pool when he was 18 months old. The accident dramatically changed his and his family's lives. Now at the age of 15, he suffers from a nervous system disorder which has left him confined to a wheelchair. He can communicate through a tablet and with smiles and noises. His wish... An adaptive swing! Many wish kids avoid large groups during COVID-19 as it could put their health at risk. Having this swing would allow him to enjoy being outside with his family.
RC of Simi Sunset Donates to Make-A-Wish 2020-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Message from Polio Plus Chair, Jim Lewis

Dear Fellow Rotarians in District 5240,

As most of you know eradicating Polio from the face of the earth is Rotary International’s #1 objective. In 1985 that objective began. At that time there were 126 countries in the world endemic with 3 types of polio. 350,000 children and adults were paralyzed with one of the 3 types every year. Over the past 30 plus years, through the very hard work of those countries, Rotary, WHO, CDC, UNICEF and in 2007 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we can celebrate that all but 2 of those countries are polio free. The last countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only ones with wild polio cases. The good news is this week we have seen zero cases of Polio in the world. And even much better news Africa has been declared by WHO as completely Polio Free…this is such fantastic news, I felt I had to share it with all of you. Check out the links to Rotary and Time Magazine's articles:

Message from Polio Plus Chair, Jim Lewis 2020-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

RC of Cambria Delivers Food and More

The Rotary Club of Cambria recently purchased and delivered bags of cereal, juice, canned fruit, snack bars and other snacks to over 90 families identified as being in need. They were also made aware of the concern about the children in low income families falling behind in school due to the difficulties of distance learning. Many of these children are in households with adults that have little or no education and cannot provide their children with the educational assistance needed. They were able to purchase 186 age appropriate activity books and games to give them a head start for the school year. These were delivered along with the bags of food.
RC of Cambria Delivers Food and More 2020-08-20 07:00:00Z 0

RC of Moorpark Community Service Project

The Rotary Club of Moorpark gathered donations and purchased badly needed school supplies in support of students at the Moorpark Food Pantry Plus. Although they followed physical distancing guidelines, it provided them with an opportunity to be social as they filled 300 bags with school supplies. It was a fun community service project that made a big impact on the lives of their students.  Club President, Kelly Best always says, "many hands make light work." They all look forward to another social gathering like this one very soon!
RC of Moorpark Community Service Project 2020-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

Santa Ynez Rotary Clubs Donate $33,500

The COVID-19 virus has altered life for all of us. Many residents have found themselves unable to provide basic needs for themselves and their family. Local nonprofits have stepped up and are working hard to meet the huge surge in demand. However, the need is great with the increase in demand coupled with the loss of several nonprofits main revenue stream; thrift stores. These organizations are struggling.

The four Rotary Clubs in the Santa Ynez Valley; Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, have united together contributing a total of $33,500 to local nonprofit organizations. The nonprofits selected are doing outreach in our community feeding hundreds of people daily with prepared meals and produce bags. These include home bound seniors and children out of school. Not only prepared meals are being provided, but help getting medications delivered, sewn masks and other needs. Our nonprofits are doing an incredible job by collaborating to be sure there is no gap in service to our community.
Santa Ynez Rotary Clubs Donate $33,500 2020-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

August Message from DG Deb Linden

Membership Month:
August is Membership and New Club Development Month in Rotary and now is the time we need your creativity! To reverse several years of declining membership in our District, we need to grow membership in our clubs and start new, innovative clubs. We are only constrained by our imagination! New, non-traditional clubs are being starting all over the world, including passport clubs, flex clubs, family clubs, caused-based clubs, young professionals clubs, virtual e-clubs, and almost any kind of club you can think of.

Want to learn more about new club models and club flexibility? Click HERE Want a whole bunch of resources and tools to help your club attract and retain members? Click HERE

$52.40 Challenge:
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Annual Fund is the backbone of Rotary projects throughout the world. Contributions to the Annual Fund come back to our clubs in the form of District Designated Funds (DDF) that can be used to help fund local and international projects. Support for the TRF Annual Fund is an investment in our own clubs! In 2020-2021, to encourage support for the TRF Annual Fund, the District has created the $52.40 Challenge. Clubs that achieve a certain level of giving will receive special recognition. Click HERE for all the details!
Rotary and COVID-19:
As you all know, we are experiencing a significant and dangerous increase in COVID-19 cases and many of the transmissions are being traced back to small gatherings, such as friends and families gathering together (especially those involving unrelated people). All four counties in our District – SLO, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Kern – are now on the State watch list and additional restrictions regarding gatherings have been implemented. Rotary International recently announced that the Rotary insurance will not cover claims for COVID-19 cases. I know we are all eager to convene our club meetings and socials in person, but I urge you to use caution and make safe, prudent decisions. The safest way to hold club meetings right now is virtually. In addition, the RI Board of Directors has declared that members shall not be penalized if they choose not to attend a club, district, or RI function because of the COVID risk. As such, it is important to have a virtual option for members who do not feel comfortable or safe gathering in person. District staff is available to any club who needs assistance in this area. Please stay safe!

District 5240 Facebook Page:
If you want to learn about all the cool things our clubs in our District are doing, not to mention upcoming events and celebrations, be sure to join our District 5240 Facebook Group at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RotaryDistrict5240
August Message from DG Deb Linden 2020-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

PDG Wade Namura Appointed 3 Rotary International Positions

District 5240's Past District Governor, Wade Namura, has been given the opportunity of being appointed to three Rotary International positions this year! He is now the Multidistrict PETS Alliance Chair for 2020-2021, he took over as the TRF Cadre Technical Coordinator Chair for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, and he has been appointed as the Regional Organizer of all cadres of North America; one of seven globally! Below is a summary of what the roles entail including how clubs in our district can benefit.
Assistance Available for Global Grant Projects
The Rotary Foundation has appointed PDG Wade Nomura as the global Chair of the Cadre of Technical Advisers for Water Sanitation and Hygiene. In addition, The Foundation has initiated a pilot program of Regional Organizers to help club and districts increase their humanitarian projects globally by utilizing the skills of the Cadres in the global grant application stages as well as throughout the project. There are seven Cadre Regional Organizers selected from throughout the world to assist with the implementation of this program, Wade being chosen as one of the seven to lead all TRF Cadres of North America plus English speaking Caribbean countries. This role incorporates grants for all Areas of Focus. Stay tune for more information and if you would like assistance from a TRF Cadre on any aspect of a grant or project, please contact: wade@wadenomura.com
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Rotary Club of Montecito - President in the Paper!

Congratulations to Kati Buehler, President of the Montecito Rotary Club, for the excellent article in the Santa Barbara News-Press Life Section!  Kati brought attention to Rotary International and its role in helping to eradicate polio as well as upcoming fundraising plans for World Polio Day! 
CLICK HERE to read the article.
Rotary Club of Montecito - President in the Paper! 2020-07-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Camarillo - Fundraising & Donating

The Rotary Club of Camarillo received their District Grant Round 1 and Round 2 totaling $1,970. Then one of their members promised to match up to $2,500 if they could raise $2,500. They were able to achive their goal in ONE Zoom meeting for a total of $7000. BOOM!!!
They decided to donate these funds to Food Share for the purchase of packaging materials for fresh produce for low income people in their community. Properly packing produce for distribution reduces the spread of infection, increases food safety, and provides for a quick efficient hand-out at  the newly established drive-thru pop-up pantries.
Rotary Club of Camarillo - Fundraising & Donating 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Nipomo - Food Distribution

On Wednesday members of the Rotary Club of Nipomo helped with the distribution of fresh produce courtesy of BerryMan at the Nipomo High School.  Big thanks to the good turnout. Pictured are George Dubois, Lou Gomez, Lee Baggett, Harry Walls, Roger Ridley. (Not pictured Christine Ridley).   On Tuesday Jim Harrison, a friend of his and Ed Harris helped with the food distribution at Dana Elementary school.  The group helped unload the produce truck and distribute boxes of produce and bags of potatoes. Quite a work out!
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Message from DG Deb Linden

Posted on Jul 01, 2020
Welcome to Rotary Year 2020-2021! The new year is certainly starting out differently than any of us could have imagined. You, our District 5240 members, have faced challenges and hardships that changed the very way we have been doing business. You have created new ways to serve your communities and to come together as clubs. I believe this experience will forever change the way we live Rotary.
2020-2021 Rotary International President Holger Knaack’s theme this year is Rotary Opens Opportunities. He selected this theme long before the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is so appropriate now.We have the opportunity to re-examine and re-create how our clubs operate, how we do our fundraisers, how we serve our communities, and how we engage our current and future members. Please take a few minutes to views this short (4 minutes) video message for our clubs from RI President Holger: Holger Message to Clubs

As we begin this new year, our focus will be on:
  • Growing Rotary, including:
    • Expanding our membership by starting new, innovative clubs
    • Making sure we are taking care of and retaining our club members.
    • Encouraging clubs to attract and retain members through service projects, large and small.
    • Click HERE to review the new 3-year District 5240 Membership Plan.
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation - OUR Foundation - including:
    • Finishing the fight against Polio by organizing fundraising events and awareness campaigns for the Rotary Polio Plus fund. Click HERE to read how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Rotary’s Polio efforts.
    • Encouraging donations to The Rotary Foundation (Polio, Disaster Fund, Annual Fund) with the $52.40 Challenge (more info on this in August).
    • Supporting Rotary’s Peace efforts through the Peacebuilder club and Peace Scholar programs.
  • Enhancing our Rotary Brand, including:
    • Focusing on our member and visitor experience at our club meetings so everyone feels welcome, valued, and engaged.
    • Branding our Rotary efforts through media presence, social media, signage, and other creative ways to raise awareness about Rotary.
    • Enhancing our community impact by branding our community service projects. Click HERE to learn about public image grants available through the District Charitable Foundation.
As we continue the important work of Rotary, every Rotarian in every club must make sure we hold the basic tenants of Rotary in our hearts and reflect them in our actions. We need to consider how we conduct ourselves in our clubs and in every aspect of our lives. Rotary recently released a powerful statement which applies to all of us:
Finally, let’s all give a huge Thank You to 2019-2020 District Governor Savi Bhim and all our 2019-2020 Club Presidents and District staff for leading us through an incredibly challenging time, including helping our clubs begin online meetings and adjust their projects and fundraisers. Let’s carry on their great work in 2020-2021!
Deb Linden
District Governor 2020-21
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Norm Anderson, Past District Governor Memorial

Remembering Norm Anderson

Mr. Rotary

Norm Anderson was a dedicated, dynamic Rotarian with perfect attendance for sixty-four years.  In fact, he participated in a Rotary meeting on his 89th birthday, two days before he died.

Norm was a very successful businessman with vision, imagination and energy which led him into many areas, but Rotary was always at the center of his life.  We think about driving or flying to an international convention. When Norm wanted to attend the Lucerne, Switzerland, convention in 1957, he had to book passage on a transatlantic ship. That was his first of 29 international conventions!

Norm was an outstanding, creative District Governor, with his 1993-4 year highlighted by the great convention he produced in and around Solvang, California – appropriate for Norm’s Danish heritage. I remember much of his year, because I was his District Newsletter Editor.  

And how that happened was typical of Norm’s style. One morning, shortly before his DG term began, as we were leaving a meeting of the Solvang Breakfast Rotary, Norm said “How would you like to be my newsletter editor?”  I had a full life with family and running my business, but I told him I would think about it.  I will never forget his next words, “Don’t think about it too long.” A few days later I understood his instruction when I received my copy of the district handbook, and saw that I was listed as the editor. Obviously, he had made that decision months before, and assumed I would accept.

Norm could assume that people would comply with his requests, because it always seemed to happen. He was a bright, thoughtful guy, and what he was asking for would seem reasonable and beneficial, and there was really no reason to refuse.

And in turn, whenever one needed help with a worthwhile project, there was no better person to ask than Norm. While our daughter was an army officer with the US mission in Kosovo she was appalled by the savagery with which villagers were driven out of their homes into the mountains with nothing more than the clothes they were wearing. The attackers even planted land mines in their schoolyards in case they returned.  Winter was approaching, and our daughter and her unit asked us for help. The Santa Ynez Valley gathered 4000 pounds of clothing, but we had to find a way to ship it, since all military flights from this area were full.

In a situation like that the obvious person to ask for help was Norm. Fortunately, Norm’s large circle of friends included one who owned a transcontinental moving company.  We boxed all of the clothing, hauled the boxes to Carpinteria, California, and were able to get everything into a partially full truck headed for Connecticut. All at no cost. And we knew that, if we could get the boxes to an APO box in New York, they would be shipped free to Kosovo.

But the Connecticut to NYC leg was still a problem. So Norm contacted the District Governor in Connecticut. That DG had a lot of reasons why it couldn’t be done, but we had Norm on our side, so it happened. Don’t waste your time saying no to Norm.

And in an interesting footnote to that adventure, the DG in Connecticut had a project providing goats for people in Haiti, and in the Rotary way he gave us an opportunity to help. So Norm and I spent the next month asking Rotarians and my clients to join us in the goats project. We funded several, and the City of Buellton employees donated enough money for a goat, and had a contest to name it.

Life with Norm was exciting and productive. As Rotarians in our district know, Norm was not shy about looking at Rotary needs and behavior, and offering critiques along with his help.  But as I look back, he was usually right, and we are all so much better for his decades of service. Thank you, Norm.

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Young Professionals Satellite Club

Westlake Village Sunrise to Launch District’s First Young Professionals Satellite Club

Westlake Village, CA – The Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise has announced the charter of The Rotary Satellite Club of Westlake Village Sunrise Young Professionals. It has been one of the primary goals of Westlake Sunrise Rotary to “get younger” with the membership and the opportunity to do so presented itself by creating the Young Professionals club. Rotary International officially approved the application for this new club on June 17.

The group will begin their official meetings in early July, and the initial charter will have 12 members with a wide vocational diversification. The membership age range is from 21-39.  The club is pleased to announce that the chairperson will be Robert Rosenberg. Robert, an accomplished motivational speaker, has been connected to Rotary for many years, and is the District scheduler for DG Savi Bhim.

Robert works with the Simi Valley Police Department and just completed a law degree at Pepperdine. He worked his way to an internship in the White House under the Obama administration. Over the years, Robert has been recognized for his leadership and dedication to volunteerism in notable awards like being a Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar, a City of Simi Valley Hometown Hero, and even receiving the first ever “Youth Service Above Self” Award from the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. “I am humbled and honored to be asked to lead this new charter group of Young Professionals”, said Robert. “This is a great opportunity for the District to convey its message about Rotary to our younger generation!”

The Club’s 12 members are Andy Conli, Christopher Strong, Dane Zabel, David Betancur, Francheska Tanglao, James Hilser, Shannon Ferrell, Tiffany Strong, Trevin Happe, Michael Reardon, Sarah Jacobson and Robert Rosenberg. Their vocational backgrounds include Business Development Director at Ventura Orthopedics, Voice Actor, Insurance Broker, Project Manager Engineer, Occupational Therapist (a past Rotaract President), Dispute Resolution Law, Pediatrics Program Founder, Assistant Stage Manager at Disney, Production Manager, and Hotel Operations Director.

Westlake Sunrise president Randy Strong teamed with past president Terry Moerler, president-elect Laura Willis, president elect nominee Jim Wisdom, Assistant Governor (Group 4) Don Martin, and District Governor Savi Bhim to form this new club. The Rotary Satellite Club of Westlake Village Sunrise Young Professionals is the first club of its kind to be chartered in District 5240. “We are all very excited to play a part in the development of this new club”, said President Randy Strong. “Hopefully, this can be a bridge to the charter of more satellite clubs in our district.”

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District Foundation Year End Message- Frank Ortiz


District Rotary Foundation Year End Message

By PDG Frank Ortiz, District Rotary Foundation Chair

As this Rotary Year winds down; I want to thank every Rotarian in District 5240 for their support by working to make our World a better place through our Rotary Foundation both locally and globally. Our collective efforts truly make a difference.

DG Savi Bhim and many District 5240 Rotarians have done a remarkable job with keeping the spirit of Rotary service alive and well through continued contributions to our Foundation, support for District & Global grant projects, and ongoing support for COVID19 related efforts in our backyard and around the Globe.

Should you desire to make one last contribution to the Foundation for the 2019-2020 Rotary year, you can use this link to get you to the needed forms, understanding that the contribution needs to be made by June 30, 2020.  https://rotarydistrict5240.org/sitepage/fundraising-sub-committee

IMPORTANT: A reminder that District Grant FINAL REPORTS from 2019-2020 must be submitted by June 30, 2020.  Failure to get your final report submitted will result in the loss of your Club matching grant allocation. Nobody wants that to happen!  You can use this link for the proper final report form and information.  https://rotarydistrict5240.org/sitepage/2019-2020-district-grants

The District Rotary Foundation Committee thanks DG Savi for her work and we are looking forward to her Virtual Step Down and Awards celebration on June 27.  We also look forward to soon to be DG Deb Linden who takes the District Governor reigns on July 1. Thanks and congratulations to all!

Frank Ortiz

Rotary District 5240

PDG 2012-2013

District Rotary Foundation Chair 2019-2022

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Cayucos Rotary has donated $5,000 to support ‘Harvest Bag’ operated by Cayucos Community Church. The program is a collaboration with San Luis Obispo Food Bank to provide bags of groceries and produce to local families in need from Mondays to Fridays. For the past 10 years, Cayucos Community Church has been providing bags of food to families in need. Each bag, estimated to be worth about $20 in food, contains milk, bread, eggs, tuna, butter, peanut jelly, macaroni and cheese, and produce like tomatoes, potatoes and onion etc.

Rotary Club of Nipomo


President Kelly Ricker and club members Lou Gomez, Ed Harris and Walter Con represent the Rotary Club of Nipomo in donating $2,150 to the San Luis Obispo Food Bank.  Accepting the donation is Garret Olson, Chief Executive Officer of the SLO Food Bank (see the picture below with appropriate social distancing). On a side note, Garret is a Rotarian with San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Rotary Club and he is our speaker at this Wednesday’s meeting.  

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June- Rotarian of Action- Charlie Von Rueden

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 June the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Charlie Von Rueden, Rotary Club of Camarillo. In recognition of “doing good in the world”, Charlie will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.
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Refund to Clubs

This has been a unique year. Just as we were entering the last stretch of the year things dramatically changed because of the COVID-19 crisis. 
 You watched helplessly as your well laid plans and hard work went down the tubes. It has been especially hard on clubs that have had to cancel their major fund raisers. Some of you are wondering how will your clubs continue your projects next year.
Then there is the mounting possibility of losing members who are uncertain of their jobs and businesses and will not be able to pay their dues and will have to leave their clubs. This will not be their first choice because more than ever at  a time like this we all need our family of Rotary. Let us do our best to help them during the uncertain period.
With these concerns weighing heavily in the hearts of the District Board we have decided to see how best we can financially assist you. 
As a result the board of directors voted to refund 58% of the paid January dues to all the clubs. We wish to thank each and every one of you for your outstanding contribution to your clubs and your communities during these challenging times.
Savi and the D5240 Board of Directors
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June Message from Savi Bhim


There is no denying that 2019-2020 has been an eventful year.

There were the earthquakes that rocked the city of Ridgecrest and the wild fires of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Yet this year will be defined by the last four months.

When we faced COVID-19 and Rotary faced our greatest challenge, how to observe physical distancing and yet stay connected.

You responded rapidly and with ingenuity. You launched virtual meetings and kept the clubs connected. In our communities there were new and urgent needs and you sprung into action.

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Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise

Our Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise recently participated in two projects in Ile, located within the Zambézia Province of northern Mozambique and we would like to share them with you.

It started out as a latrine project at a local school that did not have sanitary facilities for the students where one of our Club Member’s daughter Naomi was stationed with the Peace Corp. She brought the less than desirable conditions to our attention and our Club voted on supporting the construction of the two units with the projected cost of $846. As we neared completion, Naomi brought to our attention the need for better communication and resources relating to COVID-19 virus.

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Rotary Club of Morro Bay-Hand Sanitizer 

Empty grocery shelves and sold out essentials have provided a seemingly endless source for memes, advertising schemes and Saturday Night Live pandemic parodies.  The lack of available toilet paper, masks and hand sanitizer created some precarious situations as families and essential businesses tried to keep their loved ones and customers safe from an invisible COVID-19 enemy. However, the Rotary Club of Morro Bay, recognized a hole that needed filling and a chance to support Morro Bay’s at-risk business community. 

President Melissa Davis, 2019-20, hit a major roadblock and realized she needed help. Not only was she learning the protocols for managing a newly secured general manager position at a popular local eatery, Pizza Port of Morro Bay, homeschooling her daughter Stella was added to her list of daily duties.

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Rotary Club of Ojai- Zoom

RC of Ojai, People of Action Zoomin’ along...

With 80 Active members, 50-60 have been attending our weekly meetings, including honorary members we don’t always get to see, family members, guest community members and timely speakers.

With a member assisting the Pres. each week to handle slides, videos, awards, etc. it has all moved along smoothly with interesting & packed programs.

Zoom has allowed us to carry on committee and Board business, hold our Annual Scholarships program (awarding over $68,000 to High School Seniors), honor local non-profits & programs (awarding over $30,000 in Community Grants) and raise $4000 on a successful Funds/Food drive during these Covid-19 times.

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Rotary Club of Ojai- Water Project

The Rotary Club of Ojai has been working on an exciting new fog and water collection project, and we would love to share our progress with you! Utilizing modern versions of ancient technology, we are harvesting water from the offshore ocean fog and the mists that form in our mountain valley. With the aid of a district grant, multiple fog catching systems and weather stations have been installed in our local elementary and middle schools. Our students are learning about weather science, cutting edge design, and alternative methods of collecting potable water. What if you could gather the dew that forms on your cars every morning, and then use it to water a small vegetable plot? What if the fog from a cloud bank could be collected to serve the drinking water needs of an entire community? These are the questions we are asking, and the seeds of curiosity we hope to plant in our student’s minds. Collecting water from fog and rain has great implications locally and internationally, and we believe the possibilities are only beginning to be explored.

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Successful Job Placement

Here is a letter from one of the employers:

Good Morning Larry,

I hope this email finds you healthy and happy. Last week you emailed me a resume and to be honest, it was completely unexpected. My communications firm has been extremely busy lately and it never occurred to me that during these uncertain times, I might need to add to my team. As it turns out, I was wrong.

Lindsey’s resume was outstanding. As I studied her skill set and read about her need to affect positive change in the marketing and branding space, it didn’t take long before I knew that I really wanted her on my team. My business partner and I interviewed her two days later and just this morning, I’ve made her an offer.

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Simi Sunrise Rotary

People of action when they join Rotary immediately step up. Our Newest and Youngest member Ryan Valenica of Simi Sunrise Rotary did just that.  Our First fundraiser out of the gate for 2020-21 is a drive in Movie night. Ryan was asked to head up with a seasoned Rotarian. He did not hesitate, blink or stammer...he just did it! Even though new to the club he was not new to the community. He filled the leadership role easily. Added his own ideas and was receptive to guidance. Projects seem to be the area one finds out the most about another Rotarian's character. Ryan's Character came shining thru and I know he will have a Great future in Rotary! Let's all give him a warm Rotarian welcome!
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May- Rotarian of Action- Mike McGuigan

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 May the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Mike McGuigan, Rotary Club of Simi Valley. In recognition of “doing good in the world”, Mike will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.
Mike McGuigan is the Rotarian's Rotarian ... his demeanor is grouchy, but peel back the layers and you'll find a kind and most generous human being. Mike is the go to guy for just about anything and has consistently supported the club's presidents year after year taking on tasks that no other members would volunteer for - from coordinating planting oak trees at Corriganville, and helping to maintain the Welcome to Simi sign, years of volunteering to barbecue for the hundreds of volunteers for the July 4th Fireworks and Share the Road charitable events.
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District Charitable Foundation- Food Bank Donations

The District Charitable Foundation gave out checks for $9036 to food banks throughout the region. 

This is a letter from the SLO Food Bank:

Deb and the rest of our Hunger Heroes in Rotary District 5240,

Thank you so much for your incredibly generous gift to assist the SLO Food Bank in our battle against hunger. Your $9036 donation has incredible punching power! With that amount we can purchase 33,364 meals for our neighbors in need. When combined with food we source from grants, donations, and gleaning (picking) operations, your generous gift provides food for 63,252 meals. That’s enough food to feed three families of four for one year! Talk about Service Above Self… you’re walking the talk!

On behalf of our thankful team and the clients we serve, THANK YOU!

Your friend and fellow Rotarian, Garret Olson, CEO SLO Food Bank

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Birthday Celebration 

Here's how we roll in Cayucos. To celebrate Cayucos Rotary's Club President Steve "Lars" Larson's and Michele Lilley's birthdays this month, members of Cayucos Rotary decided a birthday parade would be in order, while practicing the 6-feet distancing.  
Several members met at 24th Street in Cayucos, put on fun hats, armed ourselves with bubble guns, cow bells, whistles and banners, and marched towards President Lars' home on 19th Street. Others joined us in a vehicle by Lars' home.
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4 Way Test Contest Winners

Announcing the 4 Way Test Essay Contest Winners!
I am pleased to announce the winers of the 4 Way Test Essay Contest!
Elementary School Level
1st Place: Stas Hite-Polansky, Joe Nightingale School
2nd Place: Addysen Clarin, Oceanview Elementary
Middle School Level
1st Place: Tanna Tartaglia, Santa Lucia Middle School
2nd Place: Arundhati Sharma, Lakeview Junior High
3rd Place: Arziz Haroun, Judkins Middle School
High School Level
1st Place: Isabella Palazuelos, Filmore High School
2nd Place: Garrett Leighton, Coastal Christian Nigh School
3rd Place: Elajae Lee, Ridgecrest High School
As you will see, the essays are always brilliant from the example below. This year was a difficult one with the Corona Virus event, however, it is very rewarding to be a part of the 4 Way Test Essay Contest. Hope you enjoyed reading the above winner’s entry as much as I did. I hope more Rotary Clubs participate in DG Linden’s year. Steve Geil
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Rotary Club of  Thousand Oaks

Rotary Gi​ving by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks

It took five days to hear back with RI approval for a covid-related grant for our local community.   

The $52,000 grant is for PPEs, medical supplies, and equipment for two local free clinics (Conejo and Westminister) and the Hospice of the Conejo. We have history with them. We know first-hand their needs and how critical, effective, and urgent their response has been to the evil twins of viral threat and economic paralysis.   

Rotary International promised to facilitate grants for covid-related needs in local communities. We took RI at its word and were delighted how helpful they were and stunned at how quick their response was.  

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Rotary Club of Cayucos

Each quarter, Cayucos Rotarians lead Cayucos school students; many of whom are Interactors to clean the beach and Ocean Front Street in Cayucos. Armed with bags and gloves, both Rotarians and students set out to hunt for "treasures".  
Featured in last winter's clean-up are past presidents, Sherry Sim and Steve Geil, and club secretary & Cayucos Interact advisor, Jessica Peterson.
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 Cayucos, Morro Bay and Cambria

On October 27, 2019, rotarians from three clubs, namely Cayucos, Morro Bay and Cambria joined hands with members of Central Coast SurviveOars and Central Coast Dragon Boat Association in paddling to commemorate World Polio Day on October 24, 2019. 
For the past three years, Group 11 clubs have been organizing this event to raise the awareness of Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio and raise funds. Donations received from the three Rotary clubs were sent to The Rotary Foundation. Funds raised are matched ~ $1 with $2 from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio. 
In addition to rotarians, spouses and family members and friends also participated.  It was a fun way for members to promote polio eradication, and collaborate with another service organization.
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The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo

Funding our Future: Auction for Student Scholarships June 1 - 10, 2020

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo online auction for Student Scholarships is taking place, June 1-10, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo had to cancel its annual Spaghetti Western Dinner & Silent Auction, which funded the Challenge Scholarship Program.  

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo's Challenge Scholarship Program provides scholarships to local students who have faced significant personal challenges and excelled in their studies. Last year, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo awarded $39,500 in scholarships to 14 local students to attend college or trade school, thanks to the support and generosity of our community members.

You have the opportunity to bid on some incredible items, support our local businesses and support our local students - a win-win for everyone! 

Preview auction items here: slorotary.ejoinme.org/FundingOurFuture 

Click on the menu links on the left to preview or bid, learn more, or help fund a scholarship with a direct donation.

Your bids and donations make these scholarships possible! Thank you for your support and generosity.

Hear from Janae, one of our four-year Challenge Scholarship recipients, who shares her inspiring journey:


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Chungsam Doh Music Scholarship Fund

All four students have to complete a full year at Cuesta College, must be majoring in music and looking to pursue a music-related career, to be eligible for the scholarship. In addition, the students had to undergo an audition which Cayucos Rotarians participated and provided input to select the most qualified candidates.  
In the past two years, the successful students performed at Cayucos Rotary's annual Masquerade fundraiser to receive their scholarship checks. Due to Covid-19, Cayucos Rotary decided the students could use the funds and the checks were sent to each student. All four students agreed to visit Cayucos Rotary soon, to perform.  
The scholarship fund was created to honor and thank Past District Govenor Chungsam Doh for his support and mentorship to Cayucos Rotary, The project, named "Chungsam Doh Music Scholarship Fund" is dedicated to help aspiring college students who are preparing for a career in music. PDG Chungsam Doh had presented the scholarship checks to the successful students in past years. Please contact Cayucos Rotary if your club would like to participate in this project.
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Rotary Club of Bakersfield Waterman Grant Project

Receive, review, and vote on local charity/charities to receive up to $30,000 for Capital Project Project: Create Grant committee to receive, review, and vote on local charity ( or charities ) to receive needed funds for CAPITAL Project. 15 applications totaling, $322,945.00 in requested funds, were submitted to Grant Application Committee.  Each applicant has a Rotarian recommendation. The Committee agreed to fully fund the amount requested to a single nonprofit in our community, that being Golden Empire Gleaners ( a food bank ). The funds will be used for capital improvement. The Gleaners’ building is very old and needs 54 broken windows replaced, new carpet, painting inside and out, and new phones. Nothing has been upgraded for over 10 years. There are health and security issues with the windows and the fact that birds or burglars can access the warehouse area. The building is becoming unsafe due to the windows issues, uneven floors, and worn carpet. The paint is peeling on the outside causing damage to the wood siding.


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Love Water Project of Uganda

Due to limitations on travel, Rotary Club of Bakersfield will Utilize Love Water organization to assess water NEED in community of Uganda

Fund and Utilize “Love Water” organization ( a locally founded non-profit ) to assess a NEED in community of Uganda and provide a school or entire community with a new borehole and protected well.

Funding Complete !!!!!

Every 21 seconds a child will perish from a preventable waterborne illness. Love Water Video provided 

Discussion for travel has been discussed, once the travel bands are lifted.



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Bakersfield Leadership and Ethics Conference

Rotarian & Student discussions of various scenarios involving characteristic and ethical practices.

Started by our Rotary Club of Bakersfield 34 years ago, includes ALL Local Clubs, and served over 200 students from Kern High School District The conference, now in its 34th year, provided students the opportunity to interact with businessmen and businesswomen from the Bakersfield community while exploring the leadership qualities and ethical practices they will need in their careers. Participants collaborated with Rotarians and Kern High School District representatives in roundtable discussions of various scenarios involving characteristic and ethical practices.

Rotary Club of Bakersfield Donated 73 HOURS of Service !!! Lyle Martin ( Rotarian and former Chief of Police ) delivered a Key NOTE speech that had everyone on the edge of their seats. Knocked it OUT OF THE PARK !!!!

Local News Coverage: 


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Rotary de Tolosa- Virtual Member Induction

This year, Rotary de Tolosa has placed a big emphasis on attracting great new members, and on Wednesday, 5/6, President David Fuentes inducted our 12th member for the year, and our first virtually! (Maybe the first virtual induction in the District?) New member Michael Gunther and his sponsor, Rotary PEN Ermina Karim created a hilarious COVD-19 inspired induction video. 
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Rotary Club of Simi Valley

Providing Meals to Frontline Workers During Covid-19 Pandemic
The Rotary Club of Simi Valley has been providing meals to our Frontline Workers weekly by choosing a local restaurant to deliver lunch. Deliveries include the Simi Valley Adventist Hospital, The Free Clinic of Simi Valley, Simi Valley School District, Simi Valley Parks and Recreation, Union Banks, Fire Stations, and Albertsons Grocery Store Employees. We are grateful to all who continue to make sure our community continues to function and stay healthy.

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Rotary Club of Ojai

Rotary Club of Ojai, California – Helping our International Partners During Covid-19 Emergency

Rotary Club of Ojai, California, has had International projects in Niger and India for many years. During these challenging times of Covid-19 pandemic and economic disruption, we are focused on finding ways to help these communities face the threat of illness and food insecurity.

Niger: Wodaabe Nomad women annually cross borders to neighboring countries to sell their traditional medicines. They return home by public transportation. These trips are a huge risk of exposure to COVID-19 for their communities. RC Ojai supported the Nomad Foundation, Ojai, in providing 75 hand-washing stations, 75 barrels of soap, and two trainers plus transportation costs to help these communities understand the risks and learn how to protect themselves.

India: RC Ojai’s ongoing Global Grant in partnership with the Rotary Club Srikshetra, Puri, benefits Prashanti International School (PIS) for poor and underserved village families. India’s lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19, means all schools are closed, and the children are back in their villages. Many families of these children and others in the slum areas live hand-to-mouth doing manual work, as servants, or even begging at the temples. They have little food and many fall through the gaps in government emergency ration programs. Normally, these families rely on cooked food given daily by churches and temples, which remain closed. On May 1st, with the help of PIS staff and alumni, RC Ojai and RC Srikshetra in partnership with World Family Foundation, Ojai, provided essential food items to 70 of the most needy families.

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Superheroes with Masks!

Our Superheroes have traded in their capes for surgical masks!

Bakersfield East Rotarians gathered at Mercy Hospital in downtown Bakersfield to feed the night shift Thursday evening, April 28. The club provided the groceries and Ryan Dalashmutt member, owner and chief pit master of Boss Hogg’s BBQ, oversaw the preparation.  The entire evening staff received a dinner of barbecued beef tri-tip, rice pilaf and green beans doctored with tomato sauce, bacon and onion.

A group of 15 Bakersfield East Rotarians helped man the grill, plate the grub in to go containers, and distribute the meals to the hungry hospital workers.  It seemed like a small effort to honor the men and women on the frontline. These folks labor at their vocations no matter the dangers they may face or the tasks that they perform. We especially wanted to recognize those workers who are on duty throughout the night.

Thanks to them and all others who continue to serve us during the Covid19 crisis. These folks are exemplifying the Rotary motto “Service Beyond Self”. 

Bakersfield East Rotary plans to continue this effort serving evening staff at Adventist Hospital and Memorial over the next two weeks.

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The Paso Robles Rotary Club

The Paso Robles Rotary Club set up a booth to talk about Polio and the Foundation in August of last year at the Winemakers’ Cookoff fundraiser with hundreds of patrons. Volunteers from the club included Doug Barth and Lacey Clifton. The booth was set up at the entrance to the event next to a booth selling Rotary-branded t-shirts to gain the most attention to the Foundation and the work Rotary does to eradicate polio. A plush Rotary piggy bank was at the booth and was carried around throughout the event to continue to encourage donations. Many visitors came up to the booth with questions; a top question being the necessity of a polio booster shot, which is not needed. Rotary member Lacey Clifton’s mother is a polio survivor so Lacey shared her Rotary “why” with visitors to the booth and passed out invitations to attend a meeting. The Foundation booth was well received and the Paso Robles Rotary Club plans to host the same booth again this August. 


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Rotary Club of Westlake Village

“The Rotary Club of Westlake Village held a career day for students of Westlake High School, November 22nd 2019. The Rotary members spoke with 40 students of The Academy program about their personal experiences with school and how they prepared for college or a career. The Rotarians that participated were from left to right, Brian Hynes – Owner Borderline Bar and Grill, Mary Olsen – General Manager KCLU, Mike Dutra – Owner Candu Graphics and Kelly Honig – Mayor of Westlake Village. With the many paths taken by the members to be where they are today, the students understood the options available and that while they may be striving for a career in one field, most likely that will change with schooling and life experiences. In addition one of the students became an employee of one of the participants, wanting to experience a work life that many students do not have during these times.”


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April- Rotarian of Action- Laura Willis

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 March the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Laura Willis, Westlake Village Sunrise. In recognition of “doing good in the world”, Laura will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.


Laura Willis has been a member of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise twice. She left many years ago when her Chiropractic practice moved and returned to the club a few years ago. She has been a spark to a 35-year-old club. Her intensity, enthusiasm, willingness to help on all levels, and devotion to Rotary is displayed continuously and in every aspect of leadership.

When she rejoined, she took it upon herself to meet, and get to know each member.  She reached out, joined committees and served as a cheerleader for events, projects and regular meetings.  She has been a spokesperson and major “instigator” sparking action and encouraging participation. 

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Message from Savi Bhim, District Governor 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Seeking Club Stories- Covid-19 Efforts

To all our 5240 Club Presidents,
District Governor Savi has asked that I reach out to you to collect photos of your club's community service projects during these unprecedented times.
We know that so many clubs have been busy pivoting their efforts to help those in their communities with dire needs -- we have seen clubs provide supplies to the Salvation Army, collect food for seniors, and feed families in their communities.
What I would like are photos and a short description of what your club has been doing for your community.  
This information will be used to create a collective story of our District's projects and to also let RI know of our efforts and commitments to keep the ideal of Rotary - Service Above Self - alive in our communities during these difficult times now and probably in the months to come.
Thank you so much for helping me organize this for DG Savi and I look forward to receiving your emails shortly!
Cindy Jacoby
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Santa Barbara Sunrisers

Santa Barbara Sunrisers Help Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic by Making Masks

Members of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise are stepping in to supply personal protective equipment for those who are providing essential services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Practicing physical distancing, Rotary volunteers are sewing masks at home. The mask covers are made from cotton fabric in a variety of cheery patterns and colors with elastic that goes over the ears. The covers can be machine-washed and used repeatedly.

Judith McCaffrey, Past President and Mask Project Coordinator, purchased fabric and supplies, cut materials to specifications, provided easy sewing instructions, and safely delivered kits to each of the volunteer's mailboxes or doorsteps.

The first batch of completed masks were delivered to Peabody Elementary School and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County for their staff and volunteers for food distribution. Additional deliveries have been made to Sansum Clinic, Center for Successful Aging, and Vista Del Monte.

Volunteers will continue to sew and deliver masks as needed.

The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise extends its appreciation to all of the healthcare workers, first responders, and those providing essential services during this time of crisis. 

Photo 1: Judith McCaffrey heads up the club's mask making project. 

Photo 2: Ellen Chase stitches up masks at home. 

Photo 3: Cheryl and Gary Jensen are the club’s highest producer of masks. 

Photo 4: Judith McCaffrey delivers masks to Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. 

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Carpenteria Morning Rotary

Interactors Join Carpinteria Morning Rotary in Shining the Light of Service

The Carpinteria Avocado Festival Booth manned by Carpinteria Morning Rotarians and the Carpinteria High School Interact Club members sold enough solar student lamps and solar cell chargers to replace kerosene lamps with solar lights in 7 homes in Cuba and provide 15 families and small businesses in Guatemala City and the Philippines with solar chargers for their cell phones.

In an AvoFest Booth, students explained the benefits of solar lights and solar chargers to AvoFest attendees from the, answered questions and made the sales.  Solar lights and chargers were sold on a “BOGO” basis, that is, “buy one and give one”. The buyer keeps one solar device to use at home and Morning Rotary sends the other solar device to a needy person in a village or town without a source of reliable electricity or no available electricity at all.  The Interact Club members learned presentation and business skills while providing a service to people around the world.

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Rotary de Tolosa- Paul Harris Fellows

Rotary de Tolosa had an amazing meeting today(Feb 25, 2020) where we welcomed our District Governor, Savi Bhim, to help award 41 Paul Harris Fellows among our members, 21 to first time recipients, making us become A 100%  Membership Paul Harris Fellow Club. Thank you to Cheryl Wakefield, our Foundation Chair, for rallying the members behind the cause. We would like to recognize her as Rotarian of The Month. 


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Rotary Club of Paso Robles-Branding


Last week, Lacey Clifton of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles was the guest presenter for her Club to teach branding and ways to display Rotary pride on personal and business social media sites including Facebook LinkedIn, and Instagram. The Rotary Club of Paso Robles has switched to holding meetings on Zoom during the Shelter-in-Place order which allowed Ms. Clifton to give a step-by-step tutorial to the Club remotely using PowerPoint and live demonstrations on each platform. Ms. Clifton is an expert in social media and search engine optimization marketing and regularly gives workshops in the San Luis Obispo area. She joined the Club one year ago and immediately began working with the Club on their branding outline and social presence by establishing social media accounts with LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram (they already had Facebook), but needed an opportunity to teach the Club more about hashtags, liking posts to boost visibility in the algorithms, and editing properties to display Club membership more prominently. 

The Rotary Club of Paso Robles can be found at:

  • https://www.facebook.com/pasoroblesrotaryclub;
  • https://www.linkedin.com/company/rotary-club-of-paso-robles;
  • https://www.instagram.com/pasorotary;
  • https://twitter.com/pasorotary;
  • and under the hashtag of #PasoRotary.

The tutorial was later distributed to everyone in the Club along with a survey asking members to share their Rotary Story for publication on the social media platforms and website.  As members begin engaging more with the Club online, the community will become more aware of the service activities of the Club and membership opportunities for others who believe in service above self.  

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Visiting RC of Tegucigalpa

The Club Rotario de Tegucigalpa was the host club on GG1876286 and has been a partner of Operation Footprint for eighteen years. We visited their club meeting the first night we were in Honduras. From Left to Right: Oscar Castaneda – Tegucigalpa and Primary Contact on GG 1876286, Harry Walls – Nipomo, Edgar Garcia – Westlake Village Sunrise, Edwing Pavon-  Tegucigalpa, Leigh Seaton – Simi Sunrise, Audrey Brown – Westlake Village, Nick Frankle  - Westlake Village Sunrise

Infant Casting- Leigh Seaton (Simi Sunrise) and Audrey Brown (Westlake Village) assist in casting the legs of an infant to correct a clubfoot condition.

Operating Room- Visiting Rotarians were invited into the operating room to observe the surgeries and provide support as needed.

From Left to Right: Edgar Garcia – Westlake Village Sunrise, Leigh Seaton – Simi Sunrise, Harry Walls – Nipomo, Audrey Brown – Westlake Village

Evaluation- Leigh Seaton (Simi Sunrise)  presents a beanie baby to a child waiting to be evaluated. Ty, Inc. donated two cases of beanie babies to the project.

Operation Footprint provides surgeons, training, medical equipment and supplies that enable doctors in Honduras to diagnose and treat children with deformities due to untreated clubfoot  and unable to participate in normal childhood activities. In January 2020 surgeons from Operation Footprint Baja Project traveled  to Honduras to perform surgical procedures that correct or mitigate impact on lives of  Honduran children. The public Hospital San Felipe provides staff, equipment and four operating suites.  

The Operation Footprint surgeons train local doctors in diagnosis and corrective procedures for the deformities. The result is children leading normal lives and local doctors better prepared to diagnose and treat clubfoot.

A Rotary Foundation Global Grant  provided laboratory and surgical equipment and supplies to enable Public Hospital San Felipe to better serve their patients. The Rotary Clubs of Westlake Village Sunrise and Tegucigalpa, Honduras sponsored the grant. Eight other clubs in District 5240 supported the grant.

This year Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Westlake Village Sunrise, Westlake Village, Simi Sunrise and Nipomo accompanied the medical team.  They interacted with the children, helped with casting, and spent time in the operating room.  They presented the equipment and supplies to Honduran government at the Congress building.   They made many new friends and had a life-chaining experience while seeing the Rotary Foundation in action. Many thanks to everyone who has helped  give a child the ability to go to school, play, participate in family activities and look with hope to the future.

Primary contact is Nick Frankle, Email nickdg1617@earthlink.net, Cell: 805-402-6303. Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.

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The Global Impact Group

Project: Volunteer Surge 
It is a free, online training program that teaches you to help professional healthcare workers from your home or in the field. It requires no special skills. 
Once trained you can choose to apply your new skills by providing phone or online support from your home or by assisting healthcare workers in the field.
If this is of interest to you please check out this link for more information. 
Please stay safe
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Polio- Thousand Oaks Rotary Club

Rotary’s Polio Eradication is on Thousand Oaks Club’s Radar

A special section on the website http://polioeradication.org  shows how Polio Eradication learnings can impact how we deal with COVID-19. This reminds us all how important it was for Rotary to take on the challenge of Polio Eradication throughout the world. Our District is also making progress in the fight against polio. But the job is not yet finished.

 The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks has made a special effort this year to support eradication progress. There is still an active member in that club, Jere Robings, who was at the 1988 Philadelphia Convention that launched the project. Also, several TO club members have gone to India to get involved in NID projects.

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March- Rotarian of Action- Blake Goehring

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 March the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Blake Goehring, Shafter Rotary Club.

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

Blake Goehring, Shafter Rotary Club

2001 RYLA Participant

2006 became a member of the Rotary Club of Shafter

2010 National Immunization Day participant in India

2010-2011 Club President for Rotary Club of Shafter

2011 Basic PRLS graduate

2011-2017 RYLA Counselor

2013 National Immunization Day team leader in India

2013-2014 Assistant Governor for Group 3 under Jack McClenahan

2016-2017 Assistant Governor for Group 3 under Nick Frankle

2016 Zone 26 Emerging Leader Conference in Santa Barbara

2017-2018 Assistant Governor for Group 3 under John Weiss

2018-2020 RYLA Instructor for Goal Setting Course

Paul Harris Fellow 2+

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Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,

Let me get right to the unfortunate news — the RI Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. We are all part of the Rotary family, and your safety remains our highest priority. Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend this year’s convention, I am very disappointed. However, this is the right and necessary decision to protect the health and safety of convention attendees, as well as those who call Honolulu home.
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Club Meetings Online!

CONTACT: Scott Phillips (scottdg2223@rotary5240.com)
As I speak to our club presidents their greatest concern is how to keep in contact with their members giving the guideline that now limits social gathering to 10 or less.
One of the most effective ways is on-line meetings and Scott Phillips our 22-23 DG has worked out a fantastic deal for our district .
A huge thank you from all of us in District 5240 Scott !
Here is Scott's letter...
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Letter from RI President Mark Maloney

Dear Fellow Rotarian,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.
Letter from RI President Mark Maloney 2020-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo

Offsite Meetings 

Our club recently held an offsite meeting at the Pereira Octagon Barn, which we and other Rotary clubs had helped renovate over the last year. This historically and culturally important structure was built in 1906 by three European immigrants, one of whom was a carpenter, and another a dairy farmer. This is reportedly the last remaining such octagonal barn on the west coast and is a remnant of a once-thriving dairy sector on the central California coast. One of our new Rotary de Tolosa members, Kaila Dettman, is Executive Director of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, which manages the Octagon Barn and its grounds for educational and other community events. 

Business Socials

Our club held four business socials at Rotarian’s worksites in lieu of regular meetings. As with the Octagon Barn meeting, we all learned something about our member’s workplace while having a great time socializing. Sites included Rothman Investments in Atascadero, and Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center, the Nautical Bean coffee shop, and WineSneak wine bar in San Luis Obispo.

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San Luis Obispo Rotary Club

Loads of Fun and Great Food at the Spaghetti Western Fundraiser
Annual Event Raises Funds for Local High School & College Student Scholarships
Join the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club at their annual Spaghetti-Western fundraiser at 5:00PM SATURDAY June 20TH, 2020 (Previously scheduled for 5:00pm Saturday, March 28th, 2020.) 
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Dear Rotary Leaders,
On behalf of District Governor Savi Bhim, this message is being sent to District Executives, Club Executives and Club Directors regarding guidance for Clubs pertaining to the COVID-19 situation.
DG Savi has received a number of messages from Clubs and District Staff asking her if there has been a District position/guideline issued regarding the conducting of regular Rotary Meetings or Club Events during this COVID-19 situation.
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Rotary de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo

Job Shadow Program with Pacific Beach High School

We partnered with our local continuation high school to provide academically at-risk students the chance to shadow a Rotarian for a few hours at their workplace. These career exploration activities were designed to expose high school seniors to a day in the life of a career professional. Thirty Rotarians volunteered to serve as job shadow mentors. Students chose a Rotarian to shadow, spent several hours with the Rotarian at work, then wrote up a report on their experiences. Job shadows included visiting a drywall firm’s job sites, Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center during set up and a live band performance, a local realtor as she made her rounds of homes for sale, and a marketing/PR firm with involvement of the owner and several of her colleagues. Several students sent heart-warming thank you notes, grateful for the eye-opening experiences they shared with Rotarians.

A Pacific Beach High School student with her job shadow 

mentor at the Verdin Marketing firm.

Verdin Marketing President and Rotarian, Mary Verdin (left) with Pacific Beach High School job shadow student (upper middle, black top) and the Verdin team.


Article By: Mark Shelton, Vocational Service Chair, Rotary de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo, CA, mshelton@calpoly.edu (805) 459-7863


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March Foundation Focus


DRFC - Grants Subcommittee

By PDG Frank Ortiz, District Rotary Foundation Chair

The District Rotary Foundation Committee (DRFC) consists of five (5) subcommittees: 

Today, the focus is the Grants Subcommittee.

Grants SubCommittee

This committee generally oversees the process for receiving District and Global Grants for Clubs within District 5240.  

District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in our local communities and communities abroad.  District grants  fund a variety of district and club projects and activities, including:  Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts; Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study; Youth programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact; Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves.  There is plenty of freedom to customize your service projects.

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February- Rotarian of Action- Fernando Aguirre

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 February the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Fernando Aguirre. 

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

Fernando Aguirre, Bakersfield East Rotary Club


  • CEO iKnowTechnology, Inc. for 16 years
  • Currently President at HydraTech Network Solutions
  • Married to Lucy Aguirre for 48 years, three adult sons
  • Joined Rotary in 2003

Positions and Awards:

  • Basic PRLS 2003
  • Master PRLS 2004
  • Club Rotarian of the Year 2006
  • Club Community Service Director for at least five different presidents
  • Active in Community Service AOS both serving on committee and advising new directors
  • Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for seven years.
  • Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board in 2007
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Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival

The will return for its 16th year on Saturday, June 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Lavinia Campbell Park in Los Olivos. This sell-out event, presented by the Los Olivos Rotary Club, will showcase a variety of carefully selected wines from thirty local wineries. Each wine will be uniquely paired with fresh olive inspired appetizers created by local volunteer chefs.

Back by popular demand, Grammy nominated vocalist Denise Donatelli and her band will be on hand to lend their special blend of smooth jazz to the festivities. 

Over the past 16 years the Jazz and Olive Festival has been the Los Olivos Rotary Club’s primary fundraiser that supports its charitable works. All proceeds raised go directly to local scholarships, well managed community projects, and nonprofit organizations.  

This year’s event chair, John Matthews, states: “The Jazz and Olive Festival is an all-hands-on-deck event for our club.  Every member is involved, keeping our costs low, and allowing us to maximize the proceeds that fund our charitable giving. We work really hard, but we know it creates tremendous impact.”   

 Photo Credits: Andy Doerr

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Ingredients for Membership Growth

Special Feature Including The Rotary Club of Westlake Village, Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning,  and Rotary Club of Nipomo 

At the beginning of the Rotary year District Governor Savi Bhim gave all the club’s a new member goal for our district - 1000 new members during her year of service! This worked out to 14 new members per club in District 5240. Membership growth is the engine that powers the vehicle of Rotary.  Growth of our members is important because new ideas and new interests reinvigorate clubs – bringing in new energy and future leaders. 

This past quarter, four clubs achieved the highest Retention and Membership growth for their respective regions. Reading more about their success might just give other clubs new ideas of how to share the gift of Rotary with new members.

The Rotary Club of Westlake Village  

New Members:  Malati Baker, Dwight Brown, Chris Clark, and Denise Arledge, and not pictured Rob De Geus, and Colin Doyle

The Rotary Club of Westlake Village’s commitment to making sure each of their current and new members feel special starts with the day potential members show interest in joining Rotary.  

Potential members and guests feel the vibrant and warm culture of the Club because each Club meeting includes a welcoming of their “Family of Friends.” 

Emphasis this past year has been placed on looking at what each of their members can not only offer to the Club, but what they want to get out of being a Westlake Village Rotarian.  One of their goals has been to encourage that each member brings at least one of the 3 W’s to their organization; Work, Wealth, or Wisdom.  

By using the 3 W’s as a guide, they ensure that each member gets involved in some capacity. This assists with members feeling connected and a sense of belonging so that as an organization they can continue to do the good work to the benefit their community.

Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning

In order to meet the District goals and be a thriving club, Carpinteria Morning established a steering committee to reduce their membership package cost without meeting less than four times per month or sacrificing programs and trainings.  

Their plan included reducing meal costs and no longer meeting on the 5th Wednesday of any month, designing new membership forms, creating a new approach, and rolling out a new membership package to invite people to join Rotary.  Key objective: Invite people! 

Inviting people is now an active conversation in their meetings and weekly newsletter. Invite someone to Rotary! 

The new members are people who have been volunteering for their events all along, volunteering in other organizations in town, and people who liked to participate in their events. 

They also invited back members that had left in the past and let them know they are always welcome. Several former members returned and are actively participating on committees. 

One of their secret ingredients for being an attractive club is having fun events that people can dress in costume. (See photo below!) This may be something as simple as a “Halloween Hat” bonfire, our “Spaghetti Western” themed annual casino night or the “Oh So Royal” stepdown dinner. They found that everybody loves to dress up and be outrageous. Their ever-changing themes for playing dress up is part of their club culture and including everyone who wants to participate has been a winning formula to attracting new members.  

Their plan seems to be a good one since Carpinteria Morning club has won this award for two quarters straight!

Rotary Club of Nipomo 

Though they meet early, you won’t find them half-asleep! At their meetings potential members and guests enjoy a lively and friendly atmosphere where they feel welcome to join in the fun.  While members like to joke and riff on one another, they also keep it lighthearted, with an approachable warmth for guests and new faces.

Their members are some of our most engaging speakers and during the Member Spotlight segment of the meeting members are encouraged to share their stories of how they joined Rotary or how their lives have brought them to the Central Coast. Instead of fining members, they pay for the “bragging rights” to tell the club about exciting events and celebrations of milestones within their families.  It is in this sharing of themselves that they learn about each other’s experiences and interests, creating true bonds of camaraderie and long-lasting friendships.

This fun and engaging environment encourages their members to invite their friends to join their club – a strategy that has achieved great success. It can be that simple. Your friends know of Rotary through your acquaintance. You have been that example of Rotary’s service and fellowship to them.  Your friends enjoy spending time with you; why not spend that time with you and in Rotary?

Remember to invite family and friends to your clubs’, social, fellowship and community events and activities.  (See photo below.)

It is in this giving of themselves, by sharing their activities, events and experiences, that the Rotary Club of Nipomo has become something much larger than just the trappings and routines of their weekly meetings.  It becomes a family, with kinship forged while committing to “Service above Self.” 

Rotary Club of Wasco

The club had lost significant membership over the last ten years, but the club has incorporated these keys to their stability and growth:

  1. They still have a large number of long-time members (15 + years).  These members take great pride in the club and it's infectious.  Long time members keep their influence in mind as newer members come in and want to carry on the legacy of the club.
  2. They take a "it never hurts to ask" approach when it comes to prospective members.  They really try to reach out and make contact with members of the community and some members seem to be especially good at this.  
  3. They give both time and resources, and believe the community has an even stronger appreciation of their support.  
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Rotary Club of Moorpark Sponsors Student Career Day

On Tuesday January 14, 2020, the Rotary Club of Moorpark and Moorpark High School jointly organized and conducted a vocational tour for high school seniors of 3 local Moorpark businesses. The first business visited was AeroVironment where students learned about unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) ranging from the size of a humming bird to one which was 100 feet long. The second business toured, and Rotarian owned, was Command Performance where students learned about culinary skills as well as job application and interview soft skills. The final business visited was PICNIC TIME where students learned about delivering manufactured consumer goods to consumers who loved outdoor dining lifestyles. 

This Rotary combined Vocational Service and Youth Service activity was an outstanding way to help students better understand local career opportunities via real world examples. It also helped local businesses generate excitement from future potential employees in order to assist with future hiring. This activity was made possible through the Rotary Club’s deep networking connections with local businesses and the local school systems’ administration. It was great to see the enthusiasm and direction it supplied to students who may have otherwise been undecided in their career decisions.

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January- Rotarian of Action- Mary Meyer Lundstrom

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 January the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Mary Meyer Lundstrom. 

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

Mary Meyer LundstromRotary Club of China Lake

Mary is the member we feel best deserves to be nominated for the Rotarian of Action Award.

First, a little background on Mary.   Mary is a 30+ year member who has served as Club President and has held several positions on the club board of directors. She is currently serving as the Program Chair, and really works hard to find great, informative speakers for the lunch meetings, and she is committed to making Rotary a welcoming, friendly meeting place.  Mary is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a significant contributor to the Rotary Club of China Lake Charitable Foundation.  Mary is always ready to host club social events at her home and has hosted an official reception for a District Governor.  She has been responsible for a successful international project that involved an R.I. International grant.  Those are just a few highlights from her past Rotary involvement.  What makes her a Rotarian of Action is that she is still extremely active in the club and community.  

Mary is active in identifying and leading efforts for community service projects; including food drives for a local Food Bank, Coat Drives for winter for those in need, supplies and funds for the local animal shelter, and a book drive for a local long-term care facility.  Mary’s most recent effort is to help organize the club’s Earthquake relief efforts. In all of these projects Mary:

1) Coordinates volunteers

2) Places donation boxes in strategic locations around town and then picks them up as they are filled

3) Coordinates with the local churches and Salvation Army for dates and locations to hand out the donations

4) Sorts the donations and gets them ready for distribution

5) Delivers the donations to the charity, or in the case of the coat drive, Is on hand on the appointed day to distribute the coats to those in need

6)  If District Grants are involved, and there have been on at least half of her projects, Mary wrote the grant application and prepared and submitted the final report

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District Rotary Foundation Gala 2020


District Rotary Foundation Gala

By PDG Frank Ortiz, District Rotary Foundation Chair

The recent District Rotary Foundation Gala was held in January at the elegant Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Village. It was an event to recognize many of our contributors who have supported The Rotary Foundation within the past year.  The event featured our keynote speaker, Past Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran.  In addition, Brenda Cressey, current Trustee of The Rotary Foundation was in attendance and spoke to the value of including the Legacy of Rotary in your estate plan.

The event was primarily dedicated to our many Clubs and Individual Rotarians around the District who have made it a priority to support our Foundation.  

Thirty-three (33) Clubs were recognized for their support in 2018-2019 with the End Polio Now - Countdown to History Campaign.  The effort recognized club contributions of at least $1,500 towards polio eradication efforts.  

Twenty-two (22) Clubs were recognized for their support in 2018-2019 as 100% Foundation Giving Clubs with total giving of at least $100 per capita and 100% member participation.

Nineteen (19) Clubs were recognized for their support in 2018-2019 as Every Rotarian Every Year Clubs with Annual Fund Giving of at least $100 per capita and 100% member participation.

The Top 3 highest per capita contributors in 2018-2019 in support of the Annual Fund were Ojai West ($384.21), Oxnard ($325.80), and San Luis Obispo ($320.11).

There were twenty-six (26) new Paul Harris Society Members recognized between January 1 of 2019 and January 6 of 2020.  These members are dedicated to an annual commitment of at least $1,000 to Rotary’s Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or an Approved Rotary Global Grant.

There were thirty-seven (37) new Major Donors recognized between December of 2018 and January 6 of 2020.  Of those, there were six (6) Major Donor Level 2 recipients, and three (3) Major Donor Level 3 recipients.  Those new Level 3 recipients were Matt Lallo and Vicki Arndt, both from the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks; and Ragner Storm-Larsen from the Rotary Club of Newbury Park.

There were twenty-five (25) new Bequest Society recognized between December of 2018 and January 6 of 2020.  Of those, there were three (3) Bequest Society Level 2 recipients, and one (1) Bequest Society Level 3 recipient.  The new Level 3 recipient was Jeff & Sally King from the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach-Five Cities.

Brenda and Dick Cressey from the Rotary Club of Paso Robles were recognized for their support as Arch Klumph Society members, and most recently as contributors to the new Rotary Legacy Society program.

Lastly; there were forty-four (44) Rotarians and Spouses recognized as new Charter Members of  the District 5240 Triple Crown Donors Circle.  These individuals are recognized for achieving levels of giving as Major Donors, Bequest Society, and Paul Harris Society members.

Thanks to all who worked to make the evening a success and to all who attended and participated with this year’s Foundation Gala.

CLICK HERE for Club and Individual Recognitions


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District Designated Fund Projects


Greetings Fellow Rotarians,

On the International Service Section of the District website, we have created a tab for District Designated Fund (DDF) projects.

Our goal is to encourage small and medium size clubs with limited DDF allotment to post their project(s) in this section so that other clubs might be open to using their limited funds to support another club’s worthwhile project.

We know that every club has “their special project” but we also know that there is Strength in Numbers.

  • 13 clubs have less than $500 in DDF allotment
  • 11 club have $500 to $1,000 in DDF allotment
  • 20 clubs have between $1,000 to $2,000 in DDF allotment

If you’d like to post your project on the website, please supply us a brief overview:

  1. Club
  2. Title of project (if you have one)
  3. One to two sentences on the project
  4. Funding goal 
  5. Any image or photo

A couple of important reminders:

  • The final Grants Qualification Webinar will be provided on Tuesday February 11, 2020 @ 5:30pm. 
  • You can register for the final webinar from this link:
  • February 11:   https://rotarydistrict5240.org/event/final-2020-21-club-grants-qualification-webinar/
    • Club Qualification:
      1) Clubs must have two members attend and participate in a District Qualification session.  The session is done by Webinar and is about 60 minutes in length. One of the attendees must be the President Elect.

2) Club must be qualified and certified in order to receive District Grants and Global Grants.

3) An unincorporated club must agree and adhere to the provisions of the DRFC District and Global Grants Policy.

4) An incorporated club must agree and adhere to the provisions of the DRFC District and Global Grants Policy with a club resolution

5) As of Jan 15, 2020; a total of 49 Clubs have been Qualified through previous (3) sessions; and (8) Clubs have been Certified. To get Certified, these Clubs still need to sign and submit the Club Memorandum of Understanding.  

We look forward to posting your project and spreading the word of good deeds throughout our district.


D5240 International Service Committee: Jennifer Alton (RC of SLO), Susan Weaver (E-club of One World), Michael Jansen (RC of Thousand Oaks) and George Poulakos (RC of Ventura)

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Australia Needs Our Help!

Rotarians Helping Rotarians

Rotary is once again taking the lead and looking

to provide support for families in need.

Appeal from District Governor of District 9570, Australia

Michael Buckeridge

In Australia, farmers are the lifeblood of the country and they are in crisis.  Record breaking heat and lack of rain means farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle and keep crops alive.  

District 9570 is in Central Queensland and is 600,000 square kilometers in area -- almost the size of Texas, USA.  Since 2012 a large part of the District has been drought declared and at the start of 2020, the entire district is drought declared. 

The drought has resulted in diminished crop growth and carrying capacity for livestock.   Apart from the environmental damage and cattle dying, water quality continues to decline.  The human cost includes financial loss and mental health issues, particularly suicide and depression.

Australia Needs Our Help! 2020-01-17 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarships

Adventurous Teens Wanted! 

We’re looking for 15-18 year olds that want to travel the world, learn another language and culture and make lifelong international friendships.  The year abroad enables students to become more self-confident, self-sufficient and better world citizens.  A Rotary Youth Exchange year abroad is valued at over $24,000 due to our volunteer efforts.  Check out www.studyabroadscholarships.org to learn more.  Children of Rotarians are also eligible. 

E-mail Mary at paseta@att.net for an application.  Don’t delay!  Interviews and initial orientation are January 25th, 2020.



Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarships 2019-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Ventura South at Holiday Street Fair

Ventura South Spreads the Rotary Word at Ventura’s Annual Holiday Street Fair

Twenty members of the Rotary Club of Ventura South turned out on a rainy Saturday, December 7, to set up and staff a booth at the Annual Holiday Street Fair on Main Street in Ventura. Working in 90-minute shifts, the Club members handed out literature about Rotary’s worldwide efforts to eradicate polio and build peace, and also invited those who stopped by to attend a Club meeting to learn more.

The Ventura South Rotarians also promoted the Club’s major fundraiser, the annual Mardi Gras event in support of Turning Point Foundation, on March 1, 2020. For more than 30 years, Turning Point has provided a wide variety of services for those struggling with mental illness in Ventura County.

Club members pictured in the group photo are (l to r): Sandy Warren, Bob Braitman, Melody Thurman, Larry Matheney, Rosa Duran-Ramirez, and Dennis Longwill. Melody went the extra mile in her outreach efforts with a Rotary wheel on her cheek, courtesy of the face-painter in the neighboring booth!

Ventura South at Holiday Street Fair 2019-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

December- Rotarian of Action- Mike Gibson

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.


December- Rotarian of Action- Mike Gibson 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

RC of Simi Sunrise- School Meetings


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.

RC of Simi Sunrise- School Meetings 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Hike to End Polio

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...
Hike to End Polio Kim Fly 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Is a Satellite Club of Interest to You?

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.
Is a Satellite Club of Interest to You? Tim Trujillo 2019-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Will a Family Membership Work for Your 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. 
Will a Family Membership Work for Your Club? Tim Trujillo 2019-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

November- Rotarian of Action- Gerry Porter

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.
November- Rotarian of Action- Gerry Porter 2019-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

Totally Tables Fundraiser

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.

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Special Donor Recognition 2019-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

A Way to Help Your Local Kids

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".


A Way to Help Your Local Kids 2019-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ojai West

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.  

Rotary Club of Ojai West 2019-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

Recognition for Individuals & Clubs


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. 

Recognition for Individuals & Clubs 2019-11-23 08:00:00Z 0

1000 New Members! Really?

By Scott Farrenkopf, Executive Assistant Governor, Region 2
Can You Get Service when There is No One to Serve?
How many of you have been to a restaurant and waited and waited for your food as your stomach growled and your patience wore thin wondering where is your waitress or waiter? Guess what? If you had no server then you would never be served! Without people (ie. the server) then the restaurant would cease to exist.
The restaurant is just like Rotary.  It serves.  The waitress/waiter is just like a Rotarian.  It delivers the service (a server). The client is just like the beneficiary. It needs served. Hence, what we as Rotarians must realize is that there is no “Service above Self” without the Rotarian! There is no action without the “Rotarian of Action!”
1000 New Members! Really? B. Farrenkopf 2019-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

Is Corporate Membership for You?

By Tim Trujillo, Executive Assistant Governor, Region 1
A Rotary Corporate Membership plan can be set up for Business Owners/Corporate Heads that are on the go. Either you, the Corporate Member or another representative you choose from your workplace is invited to all Rotary functions.
Is Corporate Membership for You? 2019-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Kern County Rotary Clubs Join Forces to Support Housing Project for Homeless Veterans

By Cheryl Scott, President, Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast
BAKERSFIELD, CA.  On November 12, representatives from Rotary clubs throughout Kern County, along with District 5240 Governor Savi Bhim, helped break ground for an innovative housing project designed to provide permanent housing for 12 local veterans (and up to two dependents per veteran) who are currently homeless or at risk of falling into homelessness.  The project is located in the Oildale area of Bakersfield and is funded, in part, by more than $26,000 contributed by Rotar
Kern County Rotary Clubs Join Forces to Support Housing Project for Homeless Veterans Cheryl Scott 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Cookies for $500?

Barbara Butler is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of China Lake and deservedly so.
She is 92 years old and she has been baking cookies for the club’s annual fundraising dinner for as long as she can remember and she still does. Barbara’s cookies are sought after and the 10 to 15 dozens that she donates to the club is usually auctioned off anywhere from $500.00 and up. 
Cookies for $500? 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Announcing our District Governor for Rotary Year 2022-2023

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.

Announcing our District Governor for Rotary Year 2022-2023 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation Month Focus: Peace & Conflict Resolution

By Susan and Mike Weaver
As Rotary nears completion of its goal of eradicating polio, many have asked: “what's next?” Where will the incredible talent and resources of Rotary be directed now?  The challenge that has in recent years risen to the forefront is that of increasing peace and resolving conflict.
For many, the pursuit of Peace (with a capital P) seems amorphous, hard to get one’s arms around, difficult to know where to start and what exactly to do. The challenge of eradicating polio must have seemed equally daunting when the End Polio Now campaign began, but that didn’t stop determined Rotarians. And that same determination can be used to promote peace and resolve conflicts. The key in this, as it was in the fight against polio, is to enlist able partners and bring our resources to bear on the effort.
This emphasis on Peace is not new. It dates back to 1917 when Paul Harris said: "It is easier to interest men in war than in peace; it, therefore, requires more moral courage to talk peace than war."
Foundation Month Focus: Peace & Conflict Resolution 2019-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Looking for Options to Grow Your Membership?

By Tim Trujillo, Executive Assistant Governor, Region 1
You may want to consider a program the Rotary Club of Tehachapi has found to be a good way to boost membership – it’s called the Associate Member program. We’ve had it in effect for a couple of years and it has increased our numbers by 8 additional Rotarians.
Our Regular club membership dues are $70 per month and cover all costs including weekly meals, social events, paid registration for all District and RI conferences, conventions and Rotary training events.
Here’s how the Associate membership plan works:
Looking for Options to Grow Your Membership?  Tim Trujillo 2019-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Los Olivos Rotary

The little town of Los Olivos celebrated another year of its fall festival “A Day in the Country” on Saturday October 19, 2019.  The highlight of the entire day was the Los Olivos Rotary-sponsored Parade featuring plenty of tractors and old school cars. After the parade, the streets were filled with craft and artist booths, live music entertainment, and a Wine Roundup.

Los Olivos Rotary 2019-11-09 08:00:00Z 0




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.


REGISTER TODAY! 2019-11-04 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation / Paul Harris Fellow- Part Three


In recent articles, we saw how Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition points work using a 50:50 matching arrangement Click Here For 1st Article, and how clubs can use them to become 100% Paul Harris Fellow clubs Click Here For 2nd Article.

In this article, we’ll demystify the difference between the PHF “recognition amount”, and PHF “recognition points”, reported by The Rotary Foundation (TRF) via MyRotary.  Click on “The Rotary Foundation” tab, then on Foundation Reports.  Your Donor History Report is at top.

Once you’ve opened your report, look in the upper right-hand corner.  You’ll see two numbers: the PHF Recognition Amount and Foundation Recognition Points (available for transfer).  How are these calculated?  Easy as 1-2-3!

  1. First, add up all contributions you’ve ever made to TRF’s Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or an approved grant, from all “Contributions” listed in the report’s Transaction Detail tab.
  2. Second, add up all PHF points transferred to you (“Transfer In”) from all Rotary sources.  The sum of these two totals is your “PHF Recognition Amount”.
  3. Finally, add up all PHF recognition points you have transferred to anyone else (“Transfer Out”).  Subtract this Step (3) figure from the Step (1) total to find your current Foundation Recognition Points balance.

An example should make this easier to understand.

Amanda has given $1,500 in total to TRF (Annual Fund and Polio Plus) in the past few years.  She originally became a PHF when she received 500 recognition points from her club’s 50:50 match program.  Recently, she used 1,000 of her own recognition points to honor a local community volunteer as a new PH Fellow.

  • Amanda’s PHF recognition amount = 1,500 + 500 = 2,000
  • Amanda’s PHF recognition points = 1,500 – 1,000 = 500.

Interpretation: (1) Amanda is now a multiple Paul Harris Fellow (PHF pin with one sapphire) since her Recognition Amount is 2,000. (2) She still has 500 Recognition Points available.

 Check out a very interesting implication of this arithmetic

Beth and Charlie are Rotarians who became PHFs due to $1,000 gifts each made to TRF.  Each has a “recognition amount” of 1,000 and “recognition points” of 1,000.
Beth and Charlie decide to help each other become a multiple PHF.  First, Beth agrees to transfer 500 of her PHF recognition points to Charlie if Charlie contributes $500 to TRF (50:50 match).  Next month, Charlie transfers 500 of his PHF recognition points to Beth, if Beth contributes $500 to TRF.  Both Beth and Charlie have now each contributed $1,500 total to TRF, yet both have recognition amounts of 2,000 (1500 + 500).  Therefore, they are now both multiple PHF (PHF + 1 sapphire), and both still have recognition points of 1,000 (1,500 minus 500).

They each contributed just $500 and yet both qualified for a new PHF pin.  Talk about leverage!

Questions?  Please contact the author at davcgor@gmail.com

Rotary Foundation / Paul Harris Fellow- Part Three 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
4-Way Test Contest 2019/2020 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Membership Update by Lee Ginsburg


Lee’s Membership “Pow Wow” News

Our district 5240 is moving up mightily in Zone 25/26 and setting the stag for top honors in membership growth.  During this first quarter District 5240 has experienced the largest growth in nine years.  This is the greatest increase since July 2, 2010.  Credit belongs to everyone who set membership as a priority goal for this Rotary Year.

Considering a 12 year comparison from October 2007 to October 2019 we have 30 growing clubs vs 18 growing clubs in 07. This is an amazing accomplishment in this era of declining membership.  

Congratulation to the following Rotary Clubs:

Simi Valley – net positive for the 1st time in 6 years    

Santa Barbara Sunrise - 3 consecutive years of positive growth

Lompoc  - 2 consecutive years of positive growth

Bakersfield North - 2 consecutive years of positive growth

And 26 more clubs who were recognized at the District Conference with Outstanding Membership Certificates.  

Out District Governor, Savi Bhim has set an ambitious goal of 1000 new members for the year.  We are moving in very positive direction.  

Hang tight, keep the focus and make Rotary relevant for current and new members alike. Way to go District 5240!


Membership Update by Lee Ginsburg 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Month by Frank Ortiz


Rotary Foundation Month

By PDG Frank Ortiz, District Rotary Foundation Chair

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

At the 1917 convention, outgoing Rotary president Arch Klumph proposed setting up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That one idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The District Rotary Foundation Committee (DRFC) consists of experienced Rotarians who have shown a commitment to the Foundation as demonstrated through program participation and financial contributions. The Committee is led by a DRFC Chair that is appointed for a three-year term. The members of the District Rotary Foundation Committee serve in several capacities as well as sub-committee chairs for several key Foundation functions.  Your DRFC team members are identified from the ‘DISTRICT TAB’ in the ‘Rotary Foundation’ subpage on the District Website.

Rotary Foundation Month by Frank Ortiz 2019-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

October-Rotarian of Action- Amy Kardel

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 Amy Kardel. 

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

Amy Kardel - Rotary De Tolosa of San Luis Obispo

Amy Kardel embodies “Rotary Connects the World”.  Despite being a local successful business owner; the Vice President of Strategic Workforce Relationships for Globally recognized Computing Technology Industry Association; a wife, and a mother of four amazing teens and twenty something, Amy by far has been the absolute most dedicated and active Rotarian in our club under my Presidency. 

Amy has served with distinction on our board of directors for seven of the past nine years in demanding positions: New Generations Director, District & Global Grants Chair, Youth Services Director, and currently as our International Service Director.  Also a Master PRLS graduate she has participated in two NIDs, one to Indian and one to Ghana.

October-Rotarian of Action- Amy Kardel 2019-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

Poem by Carol Lewis

Upon Seeing the Crawling Girl with Polio

(Kolkata, India - 2013)

by Carol Lewis


My smog-scarred eyes 

witness raw, be-sandaled palms 

crawl, while crooked and callused 

knees crack on broken bits of brick.

The dry road dust settles in; 

your grave, seared eyes, 

like coal before it’s mined,

bear a secret for me to cradle, a wish  

within my power to unearth, with which to gift 

you like a diamond, 

before my humbled feet bear your darkness

away with me, and I pen it 

in the polio-free country

where I belong.

Poem by Carol Lewis 2019-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Two Poems about Polio- by Carol Lewis

Rotary International, along with the WHO, CDC, and UNICEF, voluntarily crusades to eradicate polio globally in places where it is still crippling and killing children.  This poem, written by Carol Lewis, is dedicated to those who are the poem’s title -  

Polio Plus Heroes

Salk and Sabin knew little

about the decision to eat or 

not, unlike the father who must deny

his daily beggar’s wage to say ‘yes’

to his son’s only chance to walk, to move

without dragging withered legs behind or crawling

on knobby knees, callused palms behaving like

feet. Lucky, he did not ride on his brother’s

back but crept on his own to scour

trash before the dogs or pigs ate his scraps,

was already close to the pond scum

that others’ backs bent toward, cleared to bathe.

Two Poems about Polio- by Carol Lewis 2019-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotaract- Bakersfield East and Kern County Rotary

On August 25th, Kern County Rotaract and Bakersfield East Rotary partnered together to paint the bedrooms of a Teen Safehouse. This safehouse is a place for girls and teens who have been rescued from sex-trafficking or similar situations.  The bedrooms have not been painted since it first opened, and as you can imagine, with the dozens of girls coming in and out, it was time for an update!  Bakersfield East Rotary provided all of the paint and painting supplies, along with members Fernando Aguirre, David Sullivan, Tom Burch, and Aaron Markovits to help throughout the day.  It was a long day of work but the girls were so appreciative and it was worth every second!  Bakersfield East Rotary and Kern County Rotary working to make a difference in the community.


Rotaract- Bakersfield East and Kern County Rotary 2019-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

Presidents and RYLA Coordinators- Notice


A Notice from PDG Deepa Willingham & Curtis Reinhardt

Dear District 5240 Presidents and RYLA Coordinators,


I have been asked to share this information with our local clubs. It is an amazing opportunity for a local high school student to travel to India as part of a Humanitarian Student Trip Program. Should you know a candidate please share this info with them. All details are in the .pdf offered below. The timeline is very tight. Applications are expected by the end of this month. The trip is in February 2020.

Time is of the essence. So I apologize for sending to you all, but this mail list seemed the best to use to get the word out quickly. Please share with anyone in the club who may have suggestions for candidates.

CLICK HERE for the multi page .pdf with all the info I have been given.
You can share with whoever may be appropriate.

To Copy/Paste to another document use text below:

For details or even more info please do not contact me.
The contact is:
Curtis Reinhardt
Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast

Presidents and RYLA Coordinators- Notice 2019-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

District Looking for Reporters

The District Is Looking For A Reporter
The District 5240 Multi-year Planning Committee has planned for a Reporter to gather, post, and market our Clubs' fundraisers, events, and projects. To start, we are looking for a candidate who would like to help "pilot" a test run for reporting from a few clubs. Once we have this reporter, we will plan a meeting to exchange ideas and discuss how this information can be presented for use by the District. If successful, we plan on growing this initiative by adding more reporters and scaling it district-wide. The reporter should be able to gather information from up to three clubs maximum to start. We are open to suggestions on various reporting techniques: visiting clubs, interviews, posting stories, etc. If you would like to help the District test this initiative or if you have any suggestions, please contact Ryan Mills: rmills@simisunsetrotary.org.
District Looking for Reporters 2019-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation / Paul Harris Fellow- Part Two


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

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A History of Polio by Jim Lewis


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


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September- Rotarian of Action- Allan Jones

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. 

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Simi Sunset Feeds The Needy

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.
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What Are PHF Recognition Points? 


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.

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Destination District Conference 2019 2019-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

RIP PDG Marc Vertin

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.
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30 Year Rotary Education Project


The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North

In 1989 the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North (Club 673) embarked on a local project to help and support a Santa Barbara Elementary School, part of the Santa Barbara Unified School District (a disadvantaged School in the District)

The initial project came about because one of our Rotary Members Mr. Ken Compton, then the Administrator of The Samarkand (a local well known Retirement Community) and his wife Ellie Compton a teacher at Adams Elementary School initiated a project whereby our Rotarians would Volunteer at Adams and assist in tutoring the students.  The Class ratio was one teacher to about 26 students.

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August- Rotarian of Action- Tammy Dobrotin

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!

August- Rotarian of Action- Tammy Dobrotin 2019-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

"End Polio Now Drive”


Rotary Clubs of Ojai and Ojai West Raise 10,000.00 for the "End Polio Now Drive”

President Cheree of the RC of Ojai and President Steve of the RC of Ojai West combined forces and created  a spectacular evening of food, entertainment and inspiration for District Governor Savi. 

It was  held at the Boccali’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant of Rotarian Dewayne Boccali who serenaded the audience while they enjoyed the food and the ambiance.

The theme was “Spaghetti Western” and they decided to have a polio drive which they appropriately named ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ 

President Cheree said they had to count the donations several times before she made the announcement to make sure she was  accurate and not dreaming

They raised $10,000.00 in less than one hour for the ‘End Polio Now Drive’. This becomes $30,000.00 with the Bill & Melinda Gates 2 for 1 match.

The close to 100 attendees dug deep into their pockets to help Rotary keep its promise to the children of the world that they will live in a Polio Free world.

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Membership Marathon!


In Rotary, we believe in the marathon and not the sprint!

(Image from International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians / www.rotarianrun.org)

Congratulations to the following Rotary clubs that have welcomed new members as of July 31. They are now part of an organization that is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being and the value of Service Above Self.

  • Bakersfield Breakfast
  • Bakersfield Twilight
  • Camarillo
  • Carpinteria
  • Carpinteria Morning
  • Central Coast Passport
  • E-Club of One World
  • Fillmore
  • Los Olivos
  • Nipomo
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara North
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Maria Breakfast
  • Westlake Village
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Open World Program

Posted on Aug 25, 2019


From: actiongroups <actiongroups@rotary.org
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 11:44 AM
To: actiongroups <actiongroups@rotary.org>
Cc: Open World Program <OpenWorldProgram@rotary.org>
Subject: US Rotary Clubs are needed to host Open World Delegations

Dear Action Group Officers,

I’m writing you to introduce the Open World Program (a program funded by the Congress of the United States) that offers Rotary clubs in the US a unique opportunity to enhance international understanding and peace by hosting emerging leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

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RI Recognizes Bakersfield Interact Advisor


Rotary International Recognizes Golden Valley High School Teacher Jennifer Yamauchi 

Educator Receives Highest Honor Bestowed Upon Non-Rotarians

Jennifer Yamauchi, a teacher from Golden Valley High School in Bakersfield, was recognized today with the Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity, the highest honor Rotary International bestows upon any non-Rotarian.  Fewer than 550 people around the globe each year are recognized with the award, making Yamauchi, one of a relative few world-wide that receive the highly-regarded honor.

RI Recognizes Bakersfield Interact Advisor 2019-08-25 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation and Rotarian of Action

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.
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Rotary Ventura South


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.

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July- Rotarian of Action- Kay Bliss

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.


July- Rotarian of Action- Kay Bliss 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

“Honor Your Sponsor, Be a Sponsor”

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!

“Honor Your Sponsor, Be a Sponsor” 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Video Series


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

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Clifton John (Jack) Tingstrom Memorial 2019-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

Shoes for Little Souls 2019


The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset Provides Shoes and Back to School Clothing at their 17th Annual Shoes for Little Souls Project

Shoes for Little Souls is a community service project hosted by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset in partnership with The Samaritan Center and Kohl's Department Store in Simi Valley. The goal is to help homeless (or at risk) families get back-to-school clothing for their children. Children who will be able to feel better about themselves when they return to school next month. The community also comes together to support parents in difficult times. The 17th Annual shopping spree took place on Saturday, July 20, 2019. 

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“Keys for a Cause”

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.  

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International Service NEWS!

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.

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19th Annual Homes of Distinction Tour, San Luis Obispo


Five Beautiful Homes. One Beautiful Cause.

Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Presents 19th Annual “Homes of Distinction” Tour to raise funds for Rotary Charities

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Guests will have an exclusive look into five beautiful and unique homes as the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo presents the 19th Annual “Homes of Distinction” Tour, Sunday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each home has a unique ambiance where architecture, décor and landscaping tell the stories of their lives. All proceeds fund scholarships for local students & grants to support local non-profits. 

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District Conference 2019- Register Today! 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Thank You Message From David Brown

As most of you know, our District had one of our biggest socials ever at Dodger Stadium recently. The feedback has been nothing but positive, which means, we should probably do this more often! David Brown from Los Olivos Rotary Club took a little extra time to thank the District and especially Mike Murphy, our District Club Service Chair for his time and planning. Dave speaks for a lot of us in his message. Thanks Dave for the message and thank you Mike for the hard work! See Dave's message below.
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Solvang Rotary Club Inducts Five New Members With Help From DG, Sandi Schwartz

The Solvang Rotary Club inducted five new members on June 18th. Rotary District 5240 Governor, Sandi Schwartz was in attendance to participate in the ceremony. Ms. Schwartz addressed the inductees, “We admit you into the Rotary Club of Solvang, our fraternity, our friendship and our family. We further admit you into the Rotary International family throughout the world. As you embark on your Rotary journey, you will surely discover the true meaning of our principal motto; Service Above Self. We ask that you abide by Rotary’s Four-Way Test. This is our ethical code of conduct that will guide you through Rotary and in your personal and professional life as well.”
Solvang Rotary Club Inducts Five New Members With Help From DG, Sandi Schwartz 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Presents $39,500 in Scholarships to 14 Local Student

School’s out for the summer! San Luis Obispo Rotarians presented 14 well deserving local students with scholarships to support their future academic endeavors. In total, $39,500 was awarded to local students. The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Challenge Scholarship Program provides scholarships to high-achieving students who have faced significant personal challenges during their school career. Its goal is to help scholarship recipients focus less on financial challenges and more on advancing their learning. 
Individual scholarship amounts varied from $1,000 to $20,000 (awarded in annual distributions of $5,000 over 4-years). Award recipients were graduates from San Luis Obispo High School, Pacific Beach High School & SLO County Independent Living Program.
Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Presents $39,500 in Scholarships to 14 Local Student 2019-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

R/C of Shafter Veteran's Park Memorial Monument Project

This project was a joint partnership with Shafter Rotary Club, the City of Shafter and Amvets.  Shafter Rotary Club was responsible for contributing up to $15,000 to use towards installation of flagpoles, electrical, and lighting improvements plus concrete and walkway improvements.  A dedication was held on Saturday, May 18th with several local dignitaries in attendance.  The Shafter Rotary Club then hosted refreshments and food following the ceremony.
R/C of Shafter Veteran's Park Memorial Monument Project 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

The Peace Academy of Science and Arts

The Peace Academy of the Sciences and Arts is a non-profit educational program with the goal to inspire a community of lifelong learners who become caretakers and peace leaders for our world.  Last summer, we provided an amazingly successful 4 week full-day enrichment program for over 40 children in SLO County. 
For the summer of 2019, we plan to open our doors to serve 50% more students with new and exciting curriculum. New and returning children will embark on a 4-week learning journey, together, yet each in their own unique way, to become scientists, critical thinkers, authors, cooks, performers, coders, and problem solvers while having tons of fun! 

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Cayucos Rotary's Helping Young Musicians

To celebrate Past District Govenor’s support and mentorship, Cayucos Rotary instituted a new “Chungsam Doh Music Scholarship Fund” program to nurture college students wishing to major and pursue a career in music. The scholarship is being funded by the club’s annual fundraisers.
Besides music being the major, the selection criteria requires that scholarship applicants have must completed at least one year at the local community college, and perform at Cayucos Rotary’s annual masquerade event, if selected.  Priority is given to students currently engaged in music pursuits, and community involvement. Students with financial needs are also considered.

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Cayucos Rotary's Projects at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School Goes International

Since 2017, Cayucos Rotary has been working to rehabilitate the pre-war cabins and facilities at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School in San Luis Obispo.  Our club’s goal is to create a state-of-the-art outdoor educational campus that focuses on environmental literacy while teaching the Rotary Four-way Test’s ethics and conflict resolution. The school serves about 10,000 youths annually from all over California.
In addition to contributing over $50,000 and labor to build three yurts, Cayucos Rotary has helped to build a new basketball court, install a new audio system, and new benches for the amphitheater re-built by the three San Luis Obispo clubs.

Cayucos Rotary's Projects at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School Goes International 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

Lost At Sea Memorial in Cayucos

For the past ten years, Cayucos Rotary has hosted the “Lost at Sea” memorial on Memorial Day, to remember those who served as well as civilians who had been lost at sea. The memorial is held at 1500 hours every year at the Cayucos Pier.

Each year, there are devotional and ceremonial tributes following the national anthem and welcome remarks. Military veterans come dressed in their uniforms and are honored.  Music follows the tolling of the bell, and the meaning of the “Missing Man” and the symbolism of the wreath are explained to the audience. Benediction continues and everyone marches out to the pier for blessings of the wreath. The wreath is then tossed into the ocean, and the rifle salute follows. The ceremony closes with the flyover of war planes. It’s an emotionally charged and touching event, and not to be missed.
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Cayucos Rotary & Interact Picks Up

Each quarter, Rotarians, friends and Cayucos Students gather to help clean the beach by Cayucos Pier. The clean-up has extended to Front Street that borders the beach, and South Ocean Avenue. Participants include middle-school students and Interactors from Cayucos Middle School, school teachers and members of Cayucos Rotary. Debri were picked up and cleared expeditiously. Retailers, visitors and drivers either wave, said "hi" and "honked" their thanks. Sometimes, they joined in.
Cayucos Rotary &amp; Interact Picks Up 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Montecito Gives $12,500 in Scholarships


Santa Barbara, CA – In partnership with the SBCC Foundation, Rotary Club of Montecito and its supporting foundation are pleased to announce the awarding of ten $1,250 scholarships to high-performing Santa Barbara City College vocational and career technology students. Rotary Club of Montecito has long prioritized education as a key area of focus by providing financial support to ensure Santa Barbara’s local youth are able to maximize their potential.

Rotary Club of Montecito Gives $12,500 in Scholarships 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Conejo Valley and Others Help Provide Life-Saving Heart Surgeries To Numerous Children

Recently the Rotary Club of Conejo Valley, collaborated with several organizations, including Rotary Club of Nuevo Leon, Gift For Life, Cardio Chavitos, international surgeons, and anesthesiologists to help perform life saving surgeries on approximately 31 children in Monterrey Mexico. Diego Velasquez, International Service Chair for Conejo Valley’s club, worked together with his club and the various groups to get a Rotary global grant approved to further support this incredible mission. Early November 2018, Rotarian, Diego Velasquez, along with numerous volunteers arrived in Monterrey Mexico amongst the captivating views of the mountains eager to get their project started to help these less fortunate children in dire need. They visited the world class Hospital Zambrano Hellion where surgeries took place and had a pre-surgery meeting with the local Rotary Club of Nuevo Leon, Gift for Life, Cardio Chavitos, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other volunteers. Children checked in and had an emotional, high-spirited meeting with the volunteers.  All in all surgeries went very well and these lovely children got a second chance at life thanks to Rotary and the other amazing organizations’ contributions. As Rotarians toured the city after there was a sign on the street that summed up the trip, “Vivir Es Increible”, which means that "To Live Is Incredible!"
Rotary Club of Conejo Valley and Others Help Provide Life-Saving Heart Surgeries To Numerous Children 2019-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet

The Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet is the oldest community service project of the Camarillo Rotary Club. The Meet began in 1959, when a group of local Rotarians created an organized track and field competition for Camarillo boys and girls at the elementary and junior high school levels. There were only a few schools then, and not too many entrants, but over the years, the Meet has grown to keep pace with the community. The Meet was named the Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet in 1988, in honor of the late Rotarian Hap Rapp, who devoted so much of his time and talents to the event over the years.
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Chamber Expo Membership Drive

Give this a try!  Ventura Rotary has now attended its 4th Chamber of Commerce Business Expo with a booth and has garnered several prospective new (young) members interested in networking and building professional relationships.  The Ventura Club hosts an expo booth with a large screen slide show of projects and showcasing the diverse membership as well as banners and personal invitation cards to the next lunch meeting.  The professional networking opportunity has enticed several new members and, as we all know, even though the networking is a primary reason for joining, the new members stay once they’ve established personal relationships and develop a passion for the service they are able to help accomplish.  So far, the Business Expo booth has initiated 9 new member prospects and 3 new members have officially joined.
Chamber Expo Membership Drive 2019-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Ventura Rotary Re-opens Eye Clinic

The Rotary Club of Ventura is very excited to announced that the Rotary Eye Clinic has re-opened in Ventura.  The new clinic opened last summer but had to close for one month to search for a new Optometrist.  The clinic serves any member of the community who cannot afford eye care.  Every week, the clinic opens its doors at the Salvation Army location in Ventura and a line of people are waiting.  The need for eye care is abundant.  Two retired optometrists who are members of Ventura Rotary donated all of the equipment to build and establish the clinic.  A local optometrist staffs the clinic on Tuesday mornings with the help of Ventura Rotary members who serve as receptionists and eye glass consultants.  We are always looking for more volunteers to serve these members of our community.  We also always need more eye frames.  Come join us!  Learn more at https://venturarotaryeye.com
Ventura Rotary Re-opens Eye Clinic 2019-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Ventura Rotary Announces Winners of $9,000 Art Scholarships

Five local high school students earn scholarships for their artistic “Perspectives on Peace”

Ventura, CA: The Rotary Club of Ventura, which this year celebrates 100 years of service to the Ventura community, has announced the winners of a new Perspectives on Peace Scholarship program. Five high school seniors are being awarded a total of $9,000 in scholarships, based on their outstanding original art submissions around the theme of “Perspectives on Peace.” They will be honored at Ventura Rotary Club on May 15th, and their artwork will have a special exhibit at the Museum of Ventura Country from May 18th – June 2nd.

Ventura Rotary Announces Winners of $9,000 Art Scholarships 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Party With a Purpose

When they learned that the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise was organizing a Fundraiser built upon the theme of Senior Prom, the Rotaract Clubs of Cal Lutheran University and Conejo Valley sprung into action. Embracing the opportunity of selling corsages and boutonnieres to the Prom patrons to raise funds, they accepted Westlake Sunrise’s request for help.  Knowing that both Rotaract Clubs had modest funds to work with, their flower supplies were sponsored by Felix Wang of the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks and their other supplies were sponsored by Westlake Sunrise. Sunrise’s Next Gen Chair Don Martin and his wife, Susan,  were educated in Millennials musical tastes when they attended the corsage-making pizza party at Cal Lutheran, with over 10 Rotaractors from both clubs attending.  At the Prom Event the following evening, 8 members from both Rotaract Clubs sold the corsages and helped to sell raffle tickets.  By the end of the night, they were all dancing together. The 2 Rotaract clubs divided up the near $600 raised from this effort.  This project was a success on many levels, especially in the cooperation and teamwork between the clubs involved. 
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R/C of Atascadero Donates $25K to finish "Parents for Joy" Project

The Rotary Club of Atascadero planned an effort that has spanned 6 years! The project has galvanized the city of Atascadero like no other project. They needed to raise $1,200,000 to complete the "Parents for Joy" project. CLICK HERE for details on the project. The project is now open thanks to a huge donation of land and money by the city and over $500,000.00 in local donations. Past President, Tom Zirk (2015-16) set aside $7,000 during his term for this project. This year, current president, Don Idler was also determined to finish his year by being a major donor. Their fundraisers this year “Cork & Cap Benefit” and the "Crab Feed and Auction" garnered enough to supply the balance to their foundation to write a check for the remaining $25,000! The Rotary Club of Atascadero pulled together and worked very hard to do this as this was not their only donation to the community and support of other clubs.
R/C of Atascadero Donates $25K to finish "Parents for Joy" Project 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Vocational Off-Site Mini-Meetings

Like many clubs, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo has long enjoyed holding Vocational Offsite meetings at local businesses.  However, as a large club (100+ members), it was difficult finding businesses that were able to host such a large group. So, our Vocational Services team created mini-offsites in order to solve this problem.  We now hold Vocational Offsite days where members can sign-up to attend one of several smaller off-site meetings held at members’ businesses. There are usually nine or ten choices, ranging from the Botanical Garden to the local Police Station. The members gather in groups of 10 to 12 and the host business is given the opportunity to education the members about the business. This is a very popular program with our members.  
Vocational Off-Site Mini-Meetings 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Diversity in Action - SLO Reads

On Monday, April 29, 2019, The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, with the help of the United Way of San Luis Obispo County and Rotary Clubs throughout the area, led a project called Diversity in Action – SLO Reads to celebrate "Día", a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Día, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a commitment to include and celebrate all cultures through literacy.  Rotarians and other volunteers went to all ten elementary schools in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District and read books of culturally diverse stories to children in kindergarten to 6th grade. The volunteers purchased and donated the books to the classroom libraries and made financial donations to purchase hundreds of additional books. The project was as rewarding to the readers as it was to the children, and the club plans to make this an annual project.
Diversity in Action - SLO Reads 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

New Business Membership Program

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo has implemented a new Business Membership Program for 2018-19.  The program allows up to three people from the same business or organization to “share” a membership. One person is the primary member and is an official member of Rotary. They may designate two “delegates” from their organization to attend meetings and club functions in their stead. The program is designed for businesses whose CEO has the desire to be personally involved in Rotary, and involve their staff as well, but may not have the time to attend the weekly meetings.  Our first Business Member was inducted on October 22, 2019 – the very busy Superintendent of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, who is sharing the membership with his two Assistant Superintendents.  It is a win for all involved!
New Business Membership Program 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Compostela English Language Project

During the summers of 2017 and 2018, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo has partnered with the Rotary Club of Compostela, Mexico and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to create and implement an English language teaching program in Compostela, Mexico for children and adults who want to improve their English language knowledge and skills. The Rotary Clubs of San Luis Obispo and Compostela have enjoyed a long-standing relationship (20+ years) and many projects have been co-sponsored in Compostela for the benefit of the community. For this project, the clubs funded a Cal Poly faculty member and several students who are in Cal Poly's teaching program to spend several weeks in Compostela teaching English through a series of volunteer classes for adults and children. The project was very successful and will continue each summer.
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Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise Community Service Project

On April 6th, 2019, the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise got together to form a team of hardworking men and women.  Our project for 2019 was to assist The Free Clinic of Simi Valley in getting ready to open their doors for business.  The Free Clinic of Simi  Valley has provided continuous charitable service since it's establishment in 1971 as a non-profit, volunteer-based community service organization.  The mission of the Free Clinic of Simi Valley is to provide medical care, counseling, dental and legal assistance to individuals and families in need, regardless of their ability to pay.  This includes those of all ages, ethnicities, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds, who are unable to use traditional sources within the community.  Typically, the clients of the clinic are the uninsured and the underserved.
Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise Community Service Project 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Honoring Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers

On April 26, 2019 the Rotary Club of Moorpark honored Officers of the Year -- CHP Officer Jaime Morado and Deputy Preston Furukawa.  President Scott Hess presented them with a trophy and added their names on the Officers of the Year wall plaque.  They were individually recognized for demonstrating through actions and deeds to be the most deserving of the Award.  The Rotary club shared their appreciation with CHP Officer Morado and Deputy Sheriff Furukawa for keeping them safe and for their dedication, leadership, and heroism. 
In photo:  Officers of the Year: CHP Officer Jaime Morado (4rd from left), Deputy Sheriff Preston Furukawa (3rd from left), Rotarian's Moorpark Chief of Police Victor Fazio, and Deputy Sheriff  Sargeant Darren Hendren, Deputy Sheriff Juan Ponce (former Officer of the Year), Rotary President Scott Hess, and Rotarian Dale Parvin
Honoring Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers 2019-04-27 07:00:00Z 0


Rotarians have always been peacebuilders.  Every project that we do locally or around the world both improves lives and contributes to more peaceful communities.  When you assist the homeless, mentor students or support our troops, you are building peace.   When you participate in an international project or give to the The Rotary Foundation Peace Centers, you are building peace.

The District 5240 Peacebuilder Club program is a way for you to remind the Rotarians in your club and the residents of your local community that Rotarians and Rotary projects build peace. 

Becoming a Peacebuilder Club is easy.   Go to the District Website Peace Page, download the requirements, complete the report form and forward the completed form to the district.  Your club will be recognized with a banner and certificate identifying the club as Rotary Year 2018-19 peacebuilders.

Peacebuilder Reports are due no later than June 15.

For more information, please email peacebuilderclub@district5240.org

Rotary Club of Solvang Initiates “Job Shadowing” for Hidden Wings

“Unfurling the gifts of Autism” is the theme of Hidden Wings, a ten-year old non-profit school in Solvang, that serves young adults with autism and other developmental delays. The Rotary Club of Solvang is adapting its “job shadowing” model to assist Hidden Wings toward achieving its vocational program goals for its students.

Under the model format, Solvang Rotarians will seek to identify and “recruit” business and other community leaders to serve as “Hosts” to students who will visit, work, and learn to focus, “…on their gifts, not their deficits, which empower them to lead full and productive lives in society”.  (Hidden Wings pamphlet)

The goal is for students to learn, not only job-specific skills, but also social skills.  Successfully serving these special-needs students requires consideration of both activity-appropriate Hosts, as well as desirable vocational pursuits.
Rotary Club of Solvang Initiates “Job Shadowing” for Hidden Wings 2019-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Replaces Trees Burned in Hill Fire

Camarillo Grove Park is getting some help from the Camarillo Rotary Club following the devastation caused by last year’s Hill Fire.

A Rotary Grove is being dedicated as a perpetual activity where the club will plant trees, allowing donors to honor and remember loved ones while helping with fire recovery.

Club members got the idea for a Rotary Grove when volunteers were called into action sandbagging trails and sites threatened by flooding after the fire. “Everyone tries to figure out what they can do to make a sustainable difference after a disaster. While sandbagging was important as an effort to save those trails, a Rotary Grove of trees will be a more long lasting benefit that we can enjoy and feel good about,” says Jay Berger, this year’s Rotary membership chair.
Rotary Club Replaces Trees Burned in Hill Fire 2019-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Tepehua Community Center Water Project, Mexico

Tepehua is a Barrio in the Guadalajara-Lake Chapala area. The resident’s access to water is a sand pipe where the well is contaminated with arsenic and lead. This leads to renal failure in children and young mothers.

They drink soda because it is cheaper than buying bottled water. Drinking soda in large quantities causes health problems including diabetes. Residents can’t afford medical either. It is a sad cycle for the residents.

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak created a project that provides funds where residents can buy 5 gallon bottles ( Garrafons ) of water at cost for 13 pesos versus 30 -- pesos the full retail cost.  They also purchased the Garrafons and racks for storage. The water is purchased from a legitimate purification vendor. There are many “pirate” vendors who sell for less but water quality is questionable.
Tepehua Community Center Water Project, Mexico 2019-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

Group 4 Community Service Work Day

All five Rotary Clubs and two Rotaract Clubs in District 5240's Group 4 participated in a Community Service Work Day.  They worked with Conejo Recreation and park District to clear and cut in a two mile hiking trail in a canyon above Westlake Village Community Park.  This area was completely wiped out by the recent Woolsey Fire.  The entire canyon didn't even have a blade of grass left after the fires came through.  It is now loaded with wild flowers.
They cut in a three foot wide hiking trail up the steep hillsides of the canyon for residents to enjoy this beautiful area.  Thousands of Conejo Valley residents will wind up using this trail. 
It took them several hours but they did it!!
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End Plastic Soup

Posted on Apr 02, 2019
Written By Ing. Barbara van Goethem March, Governor 2018-2019 District 1580 (Amsterdam)
Dear colleagues,
Plastic waste in our environment is a major global problem.
Plastic, once warmly welcomed as a magnificent and extremely useful product, is becoming a threat for our planet: plastic waste ends up in our oceans, rivers, waters, beaches, forests, landfills and in our city parks and streets. Plastic does not disappear but just gets smaller and causes serious problems for living beings. And so it starts entering our food chain and our bodies.
End Plastic Soup 2019-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Operation Footprint

Operation Footprint, provides training, medical equipment, and supplies needed to enable doctors in Honduras to diagnose and treat children who have deformities due to untreated clubfoot that prevent them from participating in educational, family and normal childhood activities. Each year in January, surgeons from the United States who are members of our cooperating organization Operation Footprint Baja Project travel to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to perform surgical procedures that will correct or mitigate the impact of clubfoot on the lives of children in Honduras. The local public Hospital San Felipe supports the project with staff, equipment and four operating suites.
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Groups 10, 11, & 12 Hold A Joint Meeting

On February 18th the Assistant Governors for Groups 10,11 & 12 hosted an opportunity for Club Presidents, PE’s and Club Service Chairs to hear directly from 2 District speakers.  This effort was enthusiastically received with 30 local Club Officers and District Representatives in attendance.  The response from those attending was very positive and opened many eyes to the deep District resources available to local Clubs.  The most valuable take-away referenced by those in attendance were the hand-out materials and the opportunity to ask questions directly of District Area of Service, and Special Program Chairs.  Others mentioned the great value in networking with District leaders as a resource for future projects.  Finally, the opportunity for a frank exchange of ideas and the ability to share both successes and disappointments that Clubs experience in implementing service projects and job shadowing programs was appreciated.  The event was so successful that our second Group 10, 11 & 12 Joint meeting with District speakers will occur on April 8th.
Groups 10, 11, &amp; 12 Hold A Joint Meeting 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Bakersfield North Projects

Bakersfield North put on a couple Community Service Projects...
The Wine Mafia is held each year as a fund raiser to augment the income from Dinner at the Derby.  Dinner at the Derby nets about $120,000 each year and Wine Mafia $20,000 to $25,000.  At the Dinner at the Derby, Youth Connection get the first $20,000 and then we split the rest. That makes their income around $75,000.  30% goes into their savings account (investments) and 70% is spent on charity and scholarships.  The foundation has organizations that depend on their contributions; therefore, they need two fundraisers.

Their second, Trunk or Treat, is put out by the Sherriff's Department in Bakersfield for the neighborhood in Oildale, CA. It benefits Standard Middle School - the underprivileged kids there go to there local Kohl's Department Store and the club takes them on a shopping spree to get them some school supplies and clothes. 
Rotary Club of Bakersfield North Projects 2019-03-12 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor BBQ

Hosted by Rotary Club of Pismo Beach/Five Cities in collaboration with Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Eco Clubs!
This much-anticipated event is a joint evening social the week the District Governor visits their Clubs. They have been doing to this since they chartered the Grover Beach Club -- over 15 years ago. It is hosted by their Charter Member Steve Curry – providing the BBQ and venue. Members bring the potluck side dishes and beverages and as you can see it is a Family event with their future Rotarians (their kids) and spouses alike. They hope that this is sort of a “thank you” for all that the District Governor sacrifices during their years of service and also provides them a warm welcome – and with four clubs participating it is definitely all about the Fellowship.
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Hunger to Hope -- A New Home for Manna

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks is trying to raise $100,000 as part of a massive campaign to purchase a new building for Manna. Manna is a Conejo Valley food bank that has been providing food assistance to friends and neighbors in need since 1971. The Rotary Club is hoping to inspire Rotarians throughout the district to contribute by making a tax-deductible contribution through the Thousand Oaks club’s foundation. 
Info about the current home:
• Currently serving about 1,000 people a month in a pantry the size of a single-car garage.
• Our facility has difficulty managing the more than 1,900 annual food drives.
• We now rent warehouse space to hold much of our non-perishable food donations.
• We have limited parking for clients, donors, volunteers and staff.
• EVERYTHING happens at the front door!
• Limited volunteer opportunities due to inadequate outdoor lighting.
Hunger to Hope -- A New Home for Manna 2019-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Simi Sunset's Reading By Nine Project

The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset recently did their annual Reading By Nine community project.
The event took place on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Arroyo Vista and Knolls Elementary Schools in Simi Valley.
This long time community project started with the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset getting a Rotary grant to help fund the purchase of hundreds of books for an elementary school. This year's club Community Service Chair, Stephanie Sieminski and club Secretary, Amanda Wilson, then coordinated with Simi's School District to find out which elementary school had the most need for new books. This year, the combined donations from the Simi Sunset Club and Rotary Grants helped provide enough books for TWO schools -- Arroyo  Vista Elementary and Knolls Elementary. Stephanie then coordinated with the schools to plan a day where Rotarians can deliver the books to several classrooms, possibly read a story or two, and get the children excited about reading. One of Rotary's key causes is to support basic education and literacy.
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Short Leash Hot Dog Social

The Rotary Club of Pismo Beach Five Cities is inviting all Rotary Clubs in District 5240 to come together for a Joint Club Fellowship and a hot diggity dog dinner.
Place:  St. Barnabas Episcopal Church - 301 Trinity, Arroyo Grande
Time:  6:00 PM
Speaker:  Wade Nomura (Past District Governor - 2011-2012)
Made the way you like it from their Rotary Service Bar. They'll provide the gourmet hot dogs, buns, chips, and all the toppings:
Short Leash Hot Dog Social 2019-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Oxnard Honors Special Teachers

The Rotary Club of Oxnard continues to recognize outstanding teachers in the Oxnard School District, the Oxnard Union High School District, and the Rio School District.  For the ninth year, the Rotary Club provides a gift basket and marble “apple for the teacher” in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding teaching and service to students, parents, and school.  In partnership with the County Schools Federal Credit Union, the recognition also includes a monetary award for the teacher to help cover the many out-of-pocket expenses teachers incur.  An additional corporate partner, the Courtyard by Marriott-Oxnard, provides this special teacher a gift certificate for a one-night stay for two. The Teacher Recognition Program continues the efforts of the Rotary Club of Oxnard to thank those special teachers in our community who demonstrate outstanding Service Above Self, the motto of Rotary International.
Rotary Club of Oxnard Honors Special Teachers 2019-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

Ron Helus Scholarship of Valor

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
During the tragic events of November 2018, Moorpark lost a hero in resident and Ventura County Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant Ron Helus.
In honor and remembrance of Sergeant Helus, The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning with the support of the Helus Family is establishing a scholarship in his name. The Ron Helus Scholarship of Valor.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Moorpark student interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
We are asking our fellow community members to help launch this endeavor with a donation as it is our hope to award the inaugural Ron Helus Scholarship of Valor this June, 2019. 
With monies raised, the Rotary Club plans to setup an endowment allowing this scholar to continue annually fully funded.
If you are interested in donating to the Ron Helus Scholarship of Valor, you may make your Tax Deductible donation to the Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning HERE, or you may mail it to the address below:
The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning Foundation
207 Los Angeles Ave. #212
Moorpark, CA 93021
Best Regards,
The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning
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Rotary Club of Ventura-East supports the Ventura Family YMCA Operation Ventura

President Jeff Hata presented Amy Bailey, Executive Director of the Ventura Family YMCA with a $6,000 donation to continue support of Operation Ventura. Operation Ventura started 10 years ago as a learn to swim program for homeless and financially disadvantaged youth. Over the years our partnership has continued and with this donation the Rotary Club of Ventura-East has donated $51,000 and will have touched over 2,200 children in our community. For the second year Ventura-East member Laura Shannon is contributing another $1,000 to the program!
Rotary Club of Ventura-East supports the Ventura Family YMCA Operation Ventura 2019-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Viva La Comida Dinner

The Rotary Club of Camarillo hosted its annual Viva la Comida Dinner and Fiesta fundraiser Monday at the Camarillo Community Center. Guests were treated to a dinner of enchiladas that included rice, beans and salad, plus a salsa bar. There were 875 tickets bought in advance and more people purchased tickets at the door. All of the money raised goes toward scholarships and local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club.
Check out the article in the Ventura County Star.
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District 5240 Dodger Game Social Event & Fundraiser

Posted by District Club Service Chair, Mike Murphy
On June 20, 2019, at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium, Rotary District 5240 will be holding its very first district-wide social event and fund raiser. On that date the Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing the San Francisco Giants. The Los Angeles Dodgers have offered us the opportunity to have our district social event at Dodger Stadium as follows:
  1. We will be assigned 100 to 200 seats for the baseball game.
  2. The event ticket prices are $75.00 per person. This discounted ticket price includes the following:
    • A game seat for each attendee at the loge dugout level in the stadium.
    • Access to a hospitality area assigned to just our attendees and guests where we can all meet and socialize before the game.
    • Each attendee will receive with the ticket price a dodger dog, soda, bag of chips and salad. The food will be served in the hospitality area.
If we end up having close to 200 attendees, the Dodgers will make available to us a special Fan Experience where we all may be invited to go onto the field for a special event created just for us. During the game, Rotary District 5240 will receive a special game board recognition no matter how many of us attend the event. Depending upon how many attend the baseball game, we may also be able to arrange to have buses take our club members to the game from a selected location.  
In order to secure the date of June 20, 2019 for the game and the number of seats we will require to hold this event, the District must pay a 20% advance deposit to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the number of seats to be purchased for this event. Therefore, we need the club presidents’ assistance in promptly answering and sending to me a survey that was recently provided to them by their Assistant Governors so that we can proceed with the planning for this event.
Rotary District 5240  will also be holding concurrently a district wide charity fund raiser. We would like to request that each club in the district donate funds to help the victims of the Borderline shooting. The money collected from the clubs for this fund raiser will be deposited into the District 5240 Rotary Foundation. A check from the proceeds collected from the clubs will be issued to the charitable cause during District Governor Sandi’s step down lunch.
We look forward to having a wonderful district baseball game event. It is also awesome that our clubs can work together to raise funds and have a major positive impact on the lives of the victims and families of the Borderline shooting.
With best regards,
Mike Murphy
District 5240 Club Service Chair
District 5240 Dodger Game Social Event &amp; Fundraiser 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0

Rose Parade Float Decorating Story

By:  Jim Hoover, Rotary Club of China Lake
You don’t inspire future Rotarians by telling them about Rotary as much as you do by giving them a Rotary experience – even if it’s gluing split peas on a sign, one seed at a time.

Decorating a Rose Parade float as a volunteer is no small act of service, and the experience for Interactors and Rotarian chaperones too ☺ can be inspiring in many ways. Opportunities abound to meet and work with other Rotarians and Interactors and even meet master float builders like the specialists who work for Disney.  A satisfying sense of accomplishment is felt, partly by seeing a huge work of art take on color and texture before your eyes, with your own hands; and partly through the teamwork spirit of eager, smiling volunteers.  Being the inspiration isn’t necessarily easy work, but it can result in being inspired too… a wonderfully positive, reinforcing cycle.
Our group of 10 volunteer decorators in the Interact Club of Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, CA journeyed to Irwindale, CA – the site where Phoenix Decorating Company is building the Rotary Rose Parade Float, a Princesses’ Trophy-winner in the 2017 and 2018 Rose Parades.  The group’s 1 December, all-day, hands-on lesson was how to decorate a Rose Parade float.  Chaperoned by their Math teacher, an Honorary Rotarian and the local, Rotary Club of China Lake president, the students prepared and applied dried flowers and seeds that make-up the natural, colorful, textured background for the fresh flowers that go on in the final hours.

So, when a giant, “duded-up” crocodile rolls-out and rocks-out on parade day, at least 10 Rotary inspirations from Burroughs High School will be able to watch with a very personal satisfaction knowing they had a part to play in that – and be inspired that much more. 

Please find more information about the Rotary Rose Parade Float at https://www.rotaryfloat.org and enjoy seeing seeds of “service above self” being planted during the Rose Parade.
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Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise Welcomes 5 New Members

Paso Robles Sunrise Rotary is a dynamic group of early risers. Our participation in community projects and fundraisers is productive and diverse. We recently facilitated our “Peace is Possible” seminar, which was a resounding success. We’ve also welcomed several new members who have already demonstrated their commitment to our “service above self” mission. We’re thrilled they chose to become a part of our Rotary family.

Amy Edney is originally from New York and has lived in California five years. She worked in financial services for many years, and is now employed in recruiting. She joined Rotary to serve her community.

Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise Welcomes 5 New Members 2018-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ventura South "Trivia Challenge" Fundraiser

At its 30th annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser on November 7, 2018, the Rotary Club of Ventura South raised approximately $5,000 for the Ventura County Library’s Adult Literacy Program. Twenty-four three-person teams competed in the Jeopardy-like event, answering trivia questions ranging from science to popular culture to sports to history. Entry/sponsorship fees were $300 per team.

Teams were divided into divisions, and the trophy winners included Channel Islands High School Seniors (Youth Division), Rotary Club of Camarillo (Service Club Division), MJP Computers (Business division), Beat the Library/Court of Appeals (Community Division), and David Corona (Spectator Division).

Rotary Club of Ventura South "Trivia Challenge" Fundraiser 2018-11-29 08:00:00Z 0

4-Way Test Essay Contest

To encourage students to consider how “The 4-Way Test” can be used in everyday decision-making. This is accomplished by expressing their thoughts in an essay that relates a case or story where they applied these principles in their everyday life.
Who is Eligible?
All elementary school (1-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12) students.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for elementary, middle, and high school
     First Place - $300      Second Place - $200      Third Place - $100
Winners will be selected by a District Review Team for the above listed cash awards. The cash awards will be handed out by the sponsoring Club President and the District Governor, or District Representative.
4-Way Test Essay Contest 2018-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

5 Things You Didn't Know About Rotaract

By: Yuan Xie
Hello! My name is Yuan Xie (pronounced like you and me). I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC Santa Barbara, and I am currently president of the campus-based Rotaract club. We started the chapter in September of last year, and it’s been a blast ever since!

Fact 1: Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has sponsored two Rotaract Clubs – one at SBCC and one at UCSB.

Fact 2: UCSB is the last undergraduate UC to have a campus-based Rotaract Club.

UCSB, UCLA, UCSC, UCD, and UC Berkeley Representing at BWR Conference 2018
5 Things You Didn't Know About Rotaract 2018-11-26 08:00:00Z 0

District 5240 2021-22 Governor

Dana Moldovan was a partner in a high tech company that was acquired by a public company. After completing her contract with the buyer, Dana started a 501©3 nonprofit organization, Children Skills for Life, whose mission is to help children build their future through education, and began working full time on humanitarian projects.
Dana joined Rotary International in 2002 and is an active member of Newbury Park Club, District 5240.  She is Past President and was always involved in the Club in International and Local Community projects; she is the Club Grants expert. Dana served as the Club International, Grants and Foundation Chair, District Chair for the 100th Anniversary District Foundation Gala, District Country Coordinator for Youth Exchange. At the Rotary International Level Dana serves as Inter Country Committee - General Secretary and National Coordinator for USA.  Dana is also part of Rotary International Action Group for Peace.
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New Generations District Conference Recap 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Origins of a Global Grant

Why should you give to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund? Your contribution to the Annual Fund is the primary source of support for Rotary Club projects worldwide. “To ensure that the funds for the projects are there when needed,” says Past RI President Ron Burton, “all contributions to the Foundation’s Annual Fund are invested for three years.” When the three years period is up, the investment earnings of your gift go toward the operating expenses of the Foundation. Your principal is split 50/50, with half going to our District Designated Fund and half going into the World Fund, a pool that the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation use to match grants where they are most needed.” 

To better explain how the TRF Global Grant process works, I want to tell you about a project that I am personally involved with that originated on my trip to India last January. Prior to joining the D5240 2018 NID team in Delhi, Kay Bliss, Susan Weaver and I spent five days visiting the Prashanti International School in the city of Puri, India. Puri is in the state of Odisha on the Bay of Bengal. Odisha is one of the poorest states in India - 80% rural, with many families living well below the poverty index, often on less than 50 cents per day. 
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Disney Tickets for Non-Profits and Schools

Disney Parks and Points of Light are celebrating family volunteerism by rewarding nonprofits and schools in the United States with Disney 1-Day Park Hopper tickets for hosting – or participating in – family volunteering activities.Eligible organizations create and register projects, track family volunteers, and complete projects to receive complimentary park tickets from Disney. Projects can benefit the organization directly, or support another community effort or need. The more volunteers participating in your project, the more tickets you earn – up to 20 tickets! Tickets may be used to reward volunteers, as a contest prize, for a fundraiser, or in other creative ways.


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District 5240 NID Trip 2019

District 5240 is putting together another team of Rotarians to India to participate in a NID (National Immunization Day) on February 3-4, 2019.
The trip will most likely start on January 28th and end around February 9th 2019. Besides the activities on Feb. 3rd, door to door immunization will be conducted over a few days starting on the 4th (we will do door to door immunization only for 1 day). This will entail some long hours and lots of walking (which means you need to be in good shape, physically and mentally).
Here are some guidelines that will influence the selection process:
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Keeping Paso Robles Beautiful

The Paso Robles Rotary Club connected with their local Interact club to help clean up the Salinas River Bed this last Saturday.  Rotarians and Interactors in Action, together, helping keep Paso beautiful.
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Council on Resolutions 2018 Vote


The Council on Resolutions meets online each year. Representatives from all of Rotary’s districts vote on resolutions that clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the General Council or Conference of RIBI have proposed. The RI Board of Directors will consider all resolutions that the Council adopts. Learn more about the Council on Resolutions.

If you are a Council representative, sign in to vote.

View the current resolution proposals: 2018 Council on Resolutions: 15-Oct to 15-Nov

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Rotary Club of Montecito Gives $12,500 in Scholarships to Santa Barbara City College Students

In partnership with the SBCC Foundation, the Rotary Club of Montecito and its supporting foundation is pleased to announce a contribution to provide ten $1,250 scholarships to high performing Santa Barbara City College students. Montecito Rotary Club has long prioritized education as a key area of focus by providing financial support to ensure Santa Barbara’s local youth are able to maximize their potential.

“For more than 25 years, the Rotary Club of Montecito has provided scholarships for students in the Vocational and Career Technical Studies at Santa Barbara City College; the total amount of support provided during this time exceeds $100,000,” said Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation Treasurer John Glanville. “This year the club funded ten scholarships for a total of $12,500. These scholarships cover a range of vocational endeavors including a variety of medical studies, automotive and marine diving technologies, cosmetology, journalism, computer systems, and theatre arts. The club membership believes in the mission of SBCC to educate and provide opportunity to students seeking worthwhile careers in a variety of career technical fields.” 

Rotary Club of Montecito Gives $12,500 in Scholarships to Santa Barbara City College Students 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Ventura Club Starts Free Eye Clinic

Chris Brashears of the Rotary Club of Ventura was looking for more to do one day and was thinking about helping people locally as opposed to internationally. He realized that his club sends money overseas when they have plenty of people in their own back yard that could use some help. 
In Chris' Rotary Club he has three eye retired doctors (optometrists) so it occurred to him that if the club could find a space, they could open up a clinic to provide free eye exams and glasses to those in need. Chris is on the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Directors and contacted to Lt. Fabio Simoes at the Salvation Army and asked him to help find a space. The Salvation Army found a space in their Oak Street, Ventura location.

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Making a Difference: One Family, One House at a Time

Each year the Ventura Rotaract club partners with California based non-profit Corazon to travel to Mexico and build a home for a family in need. With over 50 volunteers, plus additional help from family members and neighbors of the family, the house is constructed on an already finished slab to a turnkey house in a single day!

In the first half of the day, volunteers split up into groups focusing on different tasks. Rotaractors are encouraged to participate in jobs they may not have much experience or no experience in, from hammering walls together to painting large sheets of siding. Lunch is provided by the family, friends and neighbors and is always a welcome break from the hard work.

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New Members for Paso Robles

The Paso Robles Rotary is pleased to share that they inducted three (3) new members to their club on August 23rd:
  1. James Mehalick, a former member of our club from 2002 – 2004 and a former president of the Point Loma Rotary Club
  2. Lloyd Smith, a retired business manager from Silicon Valley, and former owner of a wine shop in Monterrey
  3. Ashley Wilken, a financial/wealth management planner with Rice Partnership
They have two other potential members that are moving through the process as well and happy to see this movement, especially during membership month.
Congrats Paso Robles!
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Thousand Oaks Rotary Storybook Project

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks does something special for local inmates at Todd Road Jail that have children at home. For the last 5 years, members of the Thousand Oaks club select children books and take them to the facility. Once there, specially selected inmates are then allowed to record the story with their voice on CD and send it back home to their children. The role of the Rotarian is help guide them along with their book, should they need it, and remind them of the mentor in which they should be for their child.
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Shoes for Little Souls (Simi Sunset)

Shoes for Little Souls, is a community service project, put on by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset in partnership with The Samaritan Center of Simi Valley and Kohl's Department Store in Simi Valley.  The goal is to help homeless (or at risk) families get back-to-school clothes for their children; this project builds incredible confidence in these kids. Imagine when they show up on their first day of school. The community also comes together to support parents in difficult times. On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, we had our 16th annual shopping spree. One of the best organized in years!
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Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School Ribbon Cutting

The Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School in San Luis Obispo recently had their official opening. District Governor, Sandi Schwartz was there to participate in the ribbon cutting event! The school provides hands-on learning opportunities for students to study science and ecology in a natural setting. The school has been providing outdoor education to students for over 40 years and more than 250,000 school children have participated in the school’s residential, summer, and day programs.
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Guatemalan Chapter of Carpenteria Morning

The Guatemalan Chapter of Carpenteria Morning runs a video conference every Friday Morning as their regular Rotary Meeting. By using computers and video chat, they are able to communicate with several clubs in the area. Common tasks such as ringing the bell, invocation, introducing guests, and guest speakers are all capable while utilizing this technology. Read more to see that notes on one particular meeting, the hope to be the INSPIRATION to all Rotarians.
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San Luis Obispo Hawthorne School Reading Project

On February 26, 2018, members of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo had a great time volunteering atHawthorne ElementarySchool in San Luis Obispo for Read Across America. Members read stories to classes of students and donated over 400 books to the school, many of which focused on diversity and cultural education. The students made wonderful thank you cards for the readers. It was an immensely rewarding experience and the club is committed to continuing and expanding this effort in future years.
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San Luis Obispo School Scholarships

School’s out for the summer! San Luis Obispo Rotarians presented 14 well deserving local High School Graduates with scholarships to support their future academic endeavors. In total, $36,000 was awarded to local students. The goal of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo scholarship program is to help scholarship recipients focus less on financial challenges and more on advancing their learning.
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K9 Rescue Team Honored for Debris Flow Efforts

Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue K9 MacGyver and his handler Rick Stein were honored with a Pup Harris Fellow (a.k.a. Paul Harris Fellow) recognition, Rotary’s highest honor.
MacGyver and Stein work side by side to find lost people. MacGyver, a 5-year old Australian Shepherd, is specifically trained off-lead to find live, and if necessary, deceased human scent. Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue dogs are owned and trained by their handlers, who are volunteers and not paid for their work. They are on call 24/7 and can be deployed 365 days a year.
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The District Governor's Message - June 2018


This month’s theme: Rotary Fellowship

June is designated as Rotary Fellowship Month. Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotary partners, and Rotaractors who share a common recreational interest or vocation. This month is recognition of the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world and enhance the experience of Rotary that belonging to a Rotary Fellowship enables.

Wow! May was a great and crazy month!

Foundation Fiesta

On May 4th, Rotarians came together with our Director John Mathews and Mary Ellen and hundreds of Rotarians and Rotaractors in Santa Maria. Among the festivities was the honoring of the Rotary Foundation, Major Donors, and PHFs. On hand were Jim Lewis' Iron Lung and a keynote speaker Craig Needleman who spoke from the heart about his mother Jane who raised three children from an Iron Lung. After Craig moved everyone to tears, we presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his mother. Tears of love for everyone!

Making a difference, three girls from PACE were on hand to share in excellent English their gratitude for Rotary and Deepa’s school in Piyali India. (Two of the girls actually live in a Safe House) What Inspiration, Rotarians and the Rotary Foundation Making a Difference!

Service Above Self

At the Rotary Fiesta Dinner, Past District Governor Deepa Willingham was presented a special Rotary Award: Service Above Self (an honor only 150 a year are presented).  So deserving Deepa, we LOVE you! 

First club Celebrates 100 years!

The first Rotary Club of our district Celebrated 100 years of service – Congratulations Rotary Club of Santa Barbara! 1918 was a much different time. Santa Barbara had a population of 19,000.  You can read about this venerable club's history here.  Today our district is better off with the many clubs they chartered including Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, and many others.  

PHF and 4 new members evening!

Westlake Sunrise celebrated several Paul Harris Fellowship awards and the induction of four new members. What a blast! The PHF program was established in 1957 with 25,000 PHFs by 1978.  By 2006 the Rotary Foundation had 1,000,000 members. More importantly, the Rotary Foundation has allowed Rotary to fund its fight to eradicate Polio, Ambassadorial Scholars, Peace, Rotary Exchange, and thousands of grants. You can read the history of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition here.

21 PHFs Making a Difference to the Rotary Foundation

San Luis Obispo Daybreak also had a Paul Harris Fellowship morning where 21 PHFs were presented. PDG Wade Nomura was on hand to officiate.

Tree plantings

Rotary Clubs throughout our district organized and funded tree plantings. On May 12th Rotarians from our district and Los Angeles (D5280) planted over 40 trees! Past District Governor Wade Nomura Helped organize this planting. Take a breath --- trees Making a Difference.

4-Way Test Essay Winners

Rotary Clubs organize and fund local 4-Way Test Essay winners at Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools in our district (which includes Kern, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties). Students, faculty, and Rotarians work together to articulate the values of the 4-Way Test.

Left to Right:  RC Ventura South Speech Winner; RC Pismo Beach-Five Cities Scholar; RC San Luis Obispo-Daybreak Scholars

Honoring 30 Years of Women in Rotary

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks invited Sylvia Whitlock shared, with her usual humor, her story of being the first woman in Rotary and the first woman elected Club President. Wow! One of the BEST decisions Rotary has made. Celebrate Women in Rotary!

Memorial Day Celebrations

Throughout our district, Rotary Clubs organize Memorial Day events from Moorpark to Cayucos to Bakersfield. In Bakersfield at the river Park 1,037 full size American Flags were carefully placed and enjoyed by hundreds, if not thousands of community members. What a great Celebration organized by the Bakersfield Breakfast RC. Good job Denise and club members and the City of Bakersfield. They even had their own Rosie the Riveter on hand!

Emerging Leaders Summit

On Saturday 2nd  after two years of planning, Rotarians and Rotaractors are coming together to discuss how to respect, attract, and retain Millennials. This event is thanks to our tireless committee Kat Clowes, David St Amand, David Velarde and others. Also thanks to Santa Barbara City College which donated their facility for this special event of learning. More on this topic soon!

Clockwise from top left: Bakersfield Interactors and Rotaractors; Bakersfield Rotarians with Interactors; celebrating 28K meals delivered! And Bakersfield Interactors and Rotaractors filling backpacks for children in the Philippines. 

Santa Barbara Sunrise Dolphin Dive Fundraiser

Santa Barbara Sunrise is conducting their primary fundraiser this month.  Dennis Johns asked me to relay this message:  "Of course you know although Santa Barbara is considered a wealthy town, it's pretty hard for the Rotary clubs to come up with a successful fundraiser when in competition with so many other non-profits in town.  We've got kind of a unique idea this time in that we're reaching out to all the non-profits we've worked with in the past and trying to enlist their help by granting some of the funds raised directly back to them.  This of course includes any District 5240 clubs that want to participate and receive 25% of their donation back to their club.”

Please find the brochure attached and a link to the Dolphin Dive Adoption Form below.

Nearly to the finish line for this Rotary Year

Christine and I have had a great journey this year and are looking to the finish line as we finish strong! We have completed 72 Rotary Club visits and 84 total Club visits including Rotaract and Interact. We have chartered an Interact Club and two Rotaract Clubs. We had a successful Interact District Conference for which we thank Greg Gillett, Li Gibbs, Joe Joyce, and David Saint-Amand (and many others).

On Saturday June 16th, you are invited to Celebrate your club and our amazing Rotarians in our district at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott (Buellton) for lunch. Sign up today!

What an HONOR to serve as your District Governor with my wife Christine! Thank you all for your love, cards, and expressions of support! Our gratitude forever!



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Thomas Fire Relief

The Rotary Club of Camarillo raised $10,000 for Thomas Fire Relief. Half was donated when they "passed the hat" at a meeting in January and those funds were matched by their Foundation. The check was given to the Downtown Ventura organization, the umbrella group that monitors funds directed to the Ventura Education Partnership for Thomas Fire victims.

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Kern YES!

KernYES! Youth Empowerment Summit, a Rotary Clubs of Kern County collaborative was nominated and last week honored as a finalist for the KHSD PEAAK Award! What a GREAT program.  They didn’t win, but they felt like they did. It's a huge honor to be nominated and then chosen as finalist for Best Community Event their inaugural year! Being recognized is validating and what’s important, is the positive impact they are creating with their youth in their community! 
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Interactors Unveil Peace Pole


Simi Valley High School Interact Club members dedicated themselves this year to bringing peace to their campus. They unveiled a Peace Pole in the quad. A Peace Pole is a monument that says “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in several languages. This story is covered in detail in the Ventura County Star.

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Georgia Brown Garden Project

After being approached by Greg Ellis of the local non-profit "One Cool Earth," the Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise decided it was time to donate some "Sweat Equity" back to our community. The focus of our first project was to be the rejuvenation of the student gardens at Georgia Brown Elementary School. After conducting a job walk with Greg, we signed up our volunteers and equipment needed and went to work.
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First Annual Speech-Off Contest

The Rotary Club of Ventura-South held their First Annual Speech-Off contest finals on May 17, 2018 in the Tower Club in The Topa Financial Center, Oxnard, CA. Students from three high schools in the Ventura Unified School District participated in a series of qualifying speech events culminating with the winners going head to head in the finals on the evening of May 17, 2018.
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Rotary Helps Restore Carpinteria Creek

The Rotary clubs of Carpinteria planted 94 trees in the flood damaged Carpinteria Creek.

The project was funded by the Rotary clubs of Greater Los Angeles District 5280 and District Governor Cozette Vergari, who helped purchase the Sycamores, Toyons and Coast Live Oaks that were planted by the Rotary Clubs of Carpinteria, Carpinteria Morning and Carpinteria Sunset. Rotary club members from Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, El Segundo, San Bernardino, and Seattle were also on hand to help with the planting. Volunteers from the City of Carpinteria staff, Boy Scout Troop 50 members, Love Peace Harmony Foundation, Tree Musketeers Foundation, Dominos Pizza and Gran Vida also came out to help.

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San Miguel Commemorative Grove

Established 2006 as a RI Centennial Celebration Project
Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) Members and volunteers planted 100 trees to establish a natural setting that could be used as a commemorative park by Bakersfield and Kern County Citizens as a place to honor the memory of a special person or pay tribute to a special occasion.
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    Shoes For Little Souls

    The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset partners with the Samaritan Center of Simi Valley and Kohl’s Department Stores to ensure that the children of families in need start their school year with confidence and enthusiasm.

    Prior to the start of the school year, Rotarians meet with the Director of the Samaritan Center who identifies families with school age children in need of back-to-school shoes and clothes.
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    Compostela English Teaching Project

    The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo has enjoyed a long-standing, 20+ year, relationship with the Rotary Club of Compostela, Mexico and we have partnered on many projects in the Compostela community. During a recent project needs assessment with the Rotary Club of Compostela, we learned that the Compostela residents had a strong desire to learn English, but available language teaching resources were very slim.
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    The District Governor's Message - May 2018 - Youth Service


    Youth Service shapes the future of Rotary with Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotaract finally culminating in Rotary membership. There are 516,764 Interactors in 22,468 clubs worldwide; 76 of these are in our district. Rotarators number 249,895 in 10,856 clubs worldwide; and we have 9 active clubs in our district.

    This is the month we CELEBRATE our youth. When you consider Rotary, it is first about Friendship and Service, then PEACE, and support for our YOUTH!  Of the sitting Club Presidents in our district, 75 percent say their first passion is Youth Service. And it shows in some respects.

    The just concluded RYLA had 260 attendees supported by 50 volunteer staff. Every life involved was changed for the better. I HOPE that each club invites their students to their club as a program. It inspires the club members, staff, and more importantly, the students and the schools they attend. The difference is that obvious. 

    On Sunday I was given the opportunity to address the Closing Ceremony audience about Personal Responsibility. I learned from Darin (RYLA Chair) as he addressed the audience the importance of being thankful and to let others know that you "love" them. It was an uplifting day and camp experience. The feedback was inspiringly positive! 

    Last month we reported on the Interact District Conference of February 24th which changed lives, mine in particular AND each student and staff person in attendance. 

    A part of every RYLA and District Conference is our great Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program which amplifies the power of that special program. Each year about 9,000 exchanges take place. This year, our program needs students to travel abroad. If you know a RYE candidate, please reach out to Ronda Werner e-mail: tshirts@roadrunner.com or Mary Paseda  e-mail:  mpaseta@pegasustransit.com for more information or an application.

    In addition to the areas mentioned above, there are several other ways we CELEBRATE our youth in various projects locally and internationally. This month we announce the winners of the 4-Way Essay Test winners. Hopefully your club is participating in this program to bring our Rotary 4-Way Test to our schools. My hope is to personally visit every club with a winner and personally present their district check. Please coordinate with my calendar scheduler COO (and DGD) Deb Linden: deljwt@comcast.net.

    Rotaract Club Visits to Cal Lutheran and Conejo Valley

    Rotaract is the bridge to Rotary and the greatest link in the Rotary career path. This year Rotaract is celebrating 50 years of service. In our district two new Roataract Clubs chartered: Santa Maria and at Cal Lutheran. UCSB Rotaract was also reactivated!

    In April I visited two Rotaract Clubs - Cal Lutheran and Conejo Valley. Both clubs are active and well connected to local Rotary projects and projects of their own. Find the Rotaract Club nearest you and get involved --- you’ll be glad you did!

    Emerging Leader Symposium Saturday June 2nd 

    Connecting Millennials – Emerging Leaders (Young Professionals) is our planned Symposium on June 2nd. Details have been sent to club leadership and more details will be forthcoming. Registration is open with the goal of having one Club Leader and one member under 45 years of age attend from each of our clubs.

    Sister Districts D3721 and D3722 (South Korea) and D4140 (Mexico)

    Each year our sister districts honor each other and CELEBRATE our mutual friendships and hospitality by hosting each other at our respective district conferences. This year, the district conferences overlapped. Due to my cancer treatments, it was recommended to send Past District Governors as my representatives. For South Korea, PDG Jack and Jane McClenahan not only delivered my message, but Jack did so in Korean! In Mexico, PDG Nick Frankle traveled and delivered a message of friendship and support to our friends there. District Governor Elect Sandi Schwartz traveled to South Korea and District Governor Nominee Savi Bhim traveled to Mexico. Others from District Staff included Scott Phillips and PDG Wade Nomura. My special thanks to all for extending your hands of friendship to our sister districts and Rotary hosts. Their hospitality is always amazing and the experience inspiring – wish I could have been there this year as I was last year!


    Foundation Gala - May 4th

    Hopefully, by now you are registered for our annual RI Foundation Gala called Foundation Fiesta. We currently have 175 registered and room for many more. Please register today (May 2nd)!

    May District Governor events include:

    May 3rd  - Westlake Sunrise Charter night

    May 4th – The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara CELEBRATES 100 years at lunch!

    May 4th – Foundation Fiesta – Santa Maria Radisson

    May 12th – Tree planting in areas most affected by the Thomas Fire or Montecito Mudslides. Wade Nomura is coordinating tree planting at three locations: Ojai, Carpenteria creekbed, and Montecito. Events in all locations are from 8 AM to Noon and Wade would like interested Rotarians to email him at wadedg1112@verizon.net. Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of gloves and a shovel if possible.

    May 28th – Memorial Day 1,000 Flags (Bakersfield Breakfast)

    Ten great months so far, two to go and Christine and I are having a great time visiting your clubs, meeting your members, and participating in your projects and events. All of you INSPIRE us!

    All our best,

    District Governor John Weiss and Christine

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    4 Way Test Essay Contest Winners

    We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 4-Way Test Essay Contest.  
    High School

         First Place: Taylor Kaiser
         Nipomo High School
         Second Place: Berean Kopcho
         Coastal Christian
         Third Place: Akemi Karamisos
         Righetti High School
    Middle School

         First Place: Leo Loyola
         Mesa Middle School
         Second Place: Valerie Merson
         Cayucos Middle School
         Third Place: Mikayla Provence
         Branch Middle School
    Elementary School
         First Place: Kirra Provence
         Branch Elementary
         Second Place: Paige Siler
         Boys and Girls Club of Moorpark
         Third Place: Stuart Colletti
         Del Mar Elementary
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    Peacebuilding Summit

    Our Rotary International President, Ian Riseley has made promoting peace a priority this year. As you may know, he is convening a series of six global presidential peace conferences and a culminating event in Toronto, the Rotary Peacebuilding Summit. There is a preconvention event on Friday and Saturday, 22-23 June 2018, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, the same location as our 2018 convention.
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    A Book in Every Child's Hand

    All children enrolled in the Moorpark Unified School District's Preschool Program were visited by the Moorpark Rotary club in March and each child was given a book to take home.  Over 235 books were ordered and distributed in an effort to promote early literacy and future success in school. Rotarians Janice Parvin, Teri Williams, Sonia Burbach, Linda Plaks, Bruce Thomas, Scott Mosher, and other club members spoke about the importance of learning to read while they handed out the books to the youngsters. Books were purchased with revenue from club fundraisers and from a District grant.
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    Global Grant for the Conejo Free Dental Clinic

    Global Grant GG 1746339, for $121,000, was set up to assist the Conejo free clinic to expand their services to include dental care to the needy families that live in Ventura County. The clinic has been serving Ventura County since 1976, with Dr. Frank Dawson, as Medical Director. Our grant supplied most of the equipment and supplies needed to open the clinic. The Thousand Oaks and Tijuana Rotary Clubs partnered to write and support the grant. The Rotary Clubs that were instrumental in raising funds were: Westlake Village, Moorpark Noon, Newbury Park, Simi Noon, Bakersfield Twilight, and Coronado Bilingual Rotary Clubs. Also, DDF Funds were contributed from Districts 5240, 4100, 4140, and 3291. The grant was authorized by Rotary International during the first week of July, 2017. By mid-August 2017, the funds were sent to the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club’s bank account. The funds were transferred to the Conejo Free Clinic and the equipment was purchased and installed by Henry Schein Dental Company by the first week of September, 2017. Matt Lallo, a member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club, and his son Michael Lallo, were present during the week it took to install the equipment. All the equipment was checked in off the list by Rotarian Matt Lallo, Conejo Free Clinic Executive Director, Teresa Seeley, and Conejo Free Clinic Development Director, Susan Murphy, as it was being installed. During the installation the City of Thousand Oaks required a water supply backflow valve to be installed in the clinic. Frank Corrigan, a past Thousand Oaks Rotary President and owner of Accurate Backflow, assisted in this matter.
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    Youth at Great America Clean Up

    In celebration of Earth Day, Rotaract Club of Bakersfield,  Interact Club of Centennial High School(Twilight Rotary Club of Bakersfield) and Interact Club of Golden Valley High School(Bakersfield Breakfast RC) teamed up for Keep Bakersfield Beautiful’s Great American Clean-Up on Saturday, April 21st. 
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    Ventura South Fireside Chat

    The Rotary Club Ventura South held its’ April 17, 2018 Fireside event at the home of Club members John and Kendall Mattina. Club members and Board Members welcomed new club members, Katie Reich, Peter Barry, Carol Chapman and Peter Mac Clintock with time socializing followed by a catered dinner provided by Club President Bob Davis.
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    Tree Planting at Rancho Grande Park

    On March 24, 2018, the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club, along with the Five Cities Eco Rotary Club and the Rotary Interact Club from Nipomo High School, worked with members of the Tree Guild and City staff to plant 20 trees at Rancho Grande Park. Through the Recreation Services Department’s Adopt-a- Park program, the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club purchased the native species trees and necessary supplies for the project that was completed with assistance from the other groups. This project was a huge success and also assisted in reaching the Rotary International’s goal of planting 1.2 million trees worldwide by April 22, 2018.
    The City of Arroyo Grande is grateful for community groups and members that take an active role in the beautification of our community and enhance the condition and quality of our parks and open spaces. 
    For more information on how to participate in the Adopt-a- Park Program, please contact Karen Beaudin, Volunteer and Program Coordinator at 473-5473, email at kbeaudin@arroyogrande.org, or visit online at http://arroyogrande.org/606/Volunteer-Program.
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    Accomplishments of an Interacter

    Tori Wilson has been involved in Rotary and Interact for 13 years now (she’s 17), and The Acorn and LeadYoung published two stories on her involvement this year. (See links below)
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    Volunteering in Guatemala

    For the past 5 years, the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has been sending a team of 6 to 16 people each year, to the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala to volunteer with NGO, Mayan Families (www.mayanfamilies.org). This year’s team just returned from a very successful trip to help the indigenous Mayan population. 
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    Tanzania Water Project

    St. Joseph’s Hospital is in Northern Tanzania and close to Lake Victoria and the Serengeti Preserve. The hospital runs out of water in the dry season and therefore needs to close for over four months each year. The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo joined the Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe to complete a water storage project to keep the hospital open year around.
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    The District Governor's Message - April 2018


    Rotary Monthly Theme for April: Maternal and Child Health

    As I travel the district, and I have now visited all 72 Rotary Clubs in our district, I’m impressed by each club’s dedication to our youth. We have been working to eradicate Polio for about 30 years on a stage when 350,000 children a year in 1988 were being crippled or dying from Polio. Now it is but a handful. And yet our work is not yet done. So please continue to contribute funds to the Polio Plus.  Consider this look back at our work to date: Historic Moments: PolioPlus turns 30.

    We all greatly value our children, and for some, our grandchildren. It makes us proud as we relish the next generation. We work to make our place better primarily for the children of tomorrow. Maternal and Child Health is one of six areas of focus. 

    Rotary's members improve access to essential medical services for mothers and their children. These efforts are aimed at reducing the number of children under age five who die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation – a figure that is currently estimated at 7 million.

    According to another estimate, more than 80 percent of maternal deaths can be prevented with access to reproductive health services and trained health care workers. Our members provide education, immunizations, birthing kits, and mobile health clinics to support these causes. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.

    Here are some helpful Links:

    Join Rotary and help save mothers and children.
    Give now to support maternal and child health.

    Website link:  https://mytrn.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/maternal-and-child-health

    I encourage your club to invite organizations that support Maternal and Child Health to present programs at your meetings.


    Each year every district provides training for young people on the topics of leadership, diversity, public speaking, team building, and more. Our district has such a program and it takes place this month. Two hundred and forty or so high school students will experience the inspiring and transforming RYLA weekend from Thursday April 19th to Sunday the 22nd in Ojai.  Each student is sponsored by a Rotary Club at an approximate cost of $400.  If you have not attended a RYLA closing ceremony, you should. It will change your life as you witness the transformation of these students into amazing leaders of whom we can all be proud! Check it out at: ryla5240.org

    Emerging Leader Summit

    A new event has been in the work for almost 3 years will take place on Saturday June 2nd at Santa Barbara City College. It is an exciting program that promises to share ideas on attracting and retaining emerging leaders (Young Professionals). This program will ask each Rotary and Rotaract Club to send two club members, either the Club President Elect or Club President Nominee and a member 45 or younger. Details and a flyer will be forth coming shortly.

    Awards and District Governor Transitions

    An annual event will take place on Saturday June 16th for lunch at the Marriott in Buellton (a.k.a. Santa Ynez Valley). It promises to celebrate the rich traditions of our amazing clubs. I ask that each club collect its accomplishments supporting our communities and submit them to the link that has been already been sent. 

    I want to personally thank all 3,327 members fo your steadfast work as Rotarians, and in my case support for me as your humbled District Governor. I love and respect each one of you! Please come and join us on that special day.

    Foundation Fiesta (Gala)

    Each year, we celebrate our Rotary Foundation. This year we have scheduled this event on Friday May 4th. It will feature a Mexican buffet, music, and a Polio story of inspiration worthy of the price of admission, travel, and your time. We will honor Major Donors and those that have contributed to the Rotary Foundation, a foundation through which we do good in our own communities and the world. There will be a special award you surely won't want to miss, but you’ll just have to attend to witness it!  Following is a flyer on this special event.  You can register here: Foundation Fiesta Gala.  Please come.

    Rotaract Club of California Lutheran University

    This past month the Rotary Clubs of Westlake Village were on hand as supporters and sponsors of the Rotaract Club of California Lutheran University. On hand were Club President Michael McGlashen and Lee Ginsburg, and Past District Governor Nick Frankle and many others. It was the second of two new Rotaract Clubs; these are exciting times. I ask you to visit your local Rotaract Clubs and invite them to attend your club. Joint projects and participation are vital to our success and organizational future. Rotaract clubs do in themselves plan and organize great projects of which we can all be proud.

    10,000 Wheel Chairs

    The small but mighty Rotary Club of Conejo Valley has given out 10,000 wheel chairs and making a difference. It is but one of the many, many great projects our clubs make happen! As your District Governor, Rotarian, and citizen, I’m proud of you and proud to say I am a Rotarian. That can also be said of the clubs I visited in March - Oxnard Sunrise, Bakersfield, and the other 69 Rotary Clubs earlier this Rotary Year.

    Local Chamber of Commerce Mixers

    I recently visited the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and found several attendees interested in Rotary. They had heard of Rotary, but admitted they knew little about our great organization. Four of those are interested in community service an expressed interest in visiting a local Rotary Club. Last Tuesday one of the four visited the San Luis Obispo Daybreak Club. It happened to be the day they hand out grants to local non-profits. Each non-profit had a representative speak for a few minutes about their community connections. 

    Community Giving San Luis Obispo Daybreak

    Congratulations to the recipients of SLO Daybreak Rotary's 2017-18 Community Grant Awards, including First Tee of the Central Coast, Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center, French Hospital/Hearst Cancer Resource Center, HomeShare of SLO, Literacy for Life, YMCA, Restorative Partners, Pregnancy & Parenting Support of SLO, New Life K-9's and SLO Noor Foundation. We are pleased and proud to help further your important work in our community! These types of community contributions and grants are what make Rotary so special!

    District 5240 Donation for Hurricane Harvey Relief

    I recently received the following report from Houston Rotarian Richard Willingham on the donation our district made to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort:

    "The monies provided by District 5240 are being distributed to two families to rebuild.  The 501c3 overseeing the process is Avenue Community Development Corp.  As best I can tell this is a very well run agency working closely with local city, governmental, and other charitable organizations to see that monies are properly distributed and utilized.  
    District 5240’s moneys are going to two families in equal amounts for basic reconstruction.  The young woman in blue is living in  a family home that has been handed down for two generations and now, in the words of the Avenue CDC construction supervisor “it was mucked out and gutted immediately after Harvey and is now essentially nothing more than 2x4’s.  She would not have been able to go back to this home if it were not for this money.”.  With Avenue CDC’s help in contracting and supervision he says it will again become a livable home.  The young lady has two sub-teen twin boys and when she met us burst out crying.  The other family is just as deserving.
    I must congratulate University Area Rotary Club President Cindy and the other club members in getting the money to this organization.  I think they hit 5240’s objective in donating right on target.
    You will be receiving a more detailed discussion, additional information and pictures from the club as well as information on a follow-up after construction is complete.

    Ventura Children's Shopping Spree

    Christine and I were invited by Club President Ellyn Dembowski to participate in the Ventura club's annual children's shopping spree which was rescheduled due to the December fires last year.  This event was organized by Rob Van Nieuwburg who has been organizing it for 29 years!  (I've participated in a similar event in San Luis Obispo hosted by San Luis Obispo DeTolosa and the San Luis Obispo Rotaract.)  There were 69 children who were immersed in love and care by Rotarians and Interactors from a local High School. It was held at JC Penny with excellent discounts being offered along with cookies and balloons. We had lunch at the school district campus making for a full morning.  

    I welcome invitations to your club projects and events. Just send me an e-mail at johnweissdg1718@gmail.com.  Thanks!

    Health Check-up

    If your mom says get a physical, I suggest you listen. Listen to your body, family, and doctors. My original treatment, as you may remember, was two major surgeries plus many other medical calls and visits. My current treatment includes daily chemo tablets plus regular testing and doctor visits. By the way I’m up from 147 lbs to 195 lbs. While I itch and am fatigued at times, each of you is my inspiration. All said, I’m doing well and grateful for so much Rotary family love! Celebrate Rotary, friends, service, and health!

    All our best,

    Christine and DG John Weiss

    Rotary Club of Morro Bay

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    Westlake Village Rotary Club Project in Local Newspaper

    Meals on Wheels is an organization that helps deliver hot and cold food to people in need. One of our very own clubs (Rotary Club of Westlake Village) has been supporting Meals on Wheels for over 15 years and the local newspaper took notice. The article entails an account of just one members routine for their recent service. Please see the link to the article below:
    And congrats to the Rotary Club of Westlake Village for outstanding service!
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    Johnna's Annual High Tea Party

    Please join the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset and support Johnna’s Annual High Tea Party

    Sunday, May 6th, 2018 1PM – 4PM at the Strathearn Historical Park, Simi Valley

    This is Simi Valley’s premier Tea Party with scones, traditional tea foods, Mimosas, desserts, entertainment and more. This annual event raises money to support local cancer patients and their families and the Marcelle Erian Cancer Foundation. It all takes place with elegantly decorated tables beautifully arranged in the antique barn at the Strathearn Historical Park! If you missed it last year, sign up early so you don’t miss out! Seating is limited to 190 Guests. Sponsorship Opportunities available! New this year... London Vacation Raffle!!!
    For more info, visit: www.JohnnasTeaParty.com
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    Trees for the Ventura Land Trust

    The Rotary Club of Ventura-East and The Rotary Club of Ventura South, as well as Ventura Rotaract and our friends and families were very adventurous on Saturday, March 10. We planted trees for The Ventura Land Trust after they lost nearly a thousand trees in the Thomas Fire around the Big Rock area and the Ventura River.
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    2018 Peace Fellowship Application Now Online

    Posted by Mike Weaver
    The 2018 Peace Fellowship application is online at the rotary.org website. If you know of an interested and qualified candidate, have them meet with your club president and contact the District Foundation Peace Chair, Mike Weaver (amweaver@pacbell.net). All candidates must receive an endorsement from the District before their application can be submitted to The Rotary Foundation. Applications must be submitted online by 31 May.
    Each candidate will be interviewed by a district panel and the district must complete the online endorsement decision form and submit it to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. The Rotary Peace Centers selection committee will review qualified applications, select fellowship finalists and alternates, and notify all candidates and their districts of the selection results in November. See this link for more information:  7-steps for submitting an outstanding peace fellowship application   

    2018 Peace Fellowship Application Now Online Mike Weaver 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

    The District Governor's Message - March 2018


    March is Water and Sanitation Month on the Rotary calendar.

    How often do you think about the clean water that comes out of the tap of almost every room in your home?  In our district, we are fortunate to have refreshing clean water to drink, cook, and cleanse. Such is not the case in much of the world.   

    The UN has designated March 22nd as the day to bring attention to the importance of clean water, sanitation and hygiene. The UN theme this year is "The Answer is in Nature", encouraging nature-based solutions to the current water challenges. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 is that by 2030 everyone has access to safe water. This target includes protecting natural environments and reducing pollution. For project ideas go to http://www.worldwaterday.org/ and CELEBRATE a safe clean glass of water!

    Club Visits

    Only two Rotary club visits to go: Oxnard Sunrise (March 1st) and Conejo Valley (March 13th) and three Rotaract club visits (Conejo Valley – TBD, Cal Lutheran – March 20th, and Bakersfield – TBD). In all 74 club visits done and 5 to go!

    You are all amazing! And so are your clubs! Amazing, dedicated, and kind members of our communities! Christine and I continue to be impressed by your hospitality when we visit and the club projects you share.  Recent club visits remind us that our district has faced disasters and that our members are resilient. CELEBRATE friends in Rotary and Service projects united in doing good in our communities!

    My club visit to RC Goleta Evening was inspiring as it is the only club in our district to have 6 years of positive net membership growth.  And no wonder, the club while fun, works hard to invite community members to its projects. Just ask Stacy Alvarez  (and they inducted a new member --- of course)!  CELEBRATE Community Service with more club members!

    Clockwise from top right: with RC Ojai West President Mike Caldwell at Centennial Park, RC Ojai West new member ceremony, Proud mom DGE Sandi Schwartz presenting PHF at RC Bakersfield East, Camarillo-Oxnard social, Charter Night at RC Bakersfield Breakfast, RC Goleta new PHS member, and RC Goleta new member

    Rotaract News!

    On March 1st, a Rotaract Club will charter at Cal Lutheran University with local Rotary support including the Westlake Village Clubs. This will mark the second Rotaract Club chartered this year (the other is Santa Maria Valley). With 7 active Rotaract Clubs (Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Conejo Valley), I am grateful for their community work Making a Difference! Several Rotaract Club Presidents made it to PETS (President Elect Training Seminars).

    March marks 50 years of Rotaract Clubs with a total of 10,859 Rotaract Clubs and 249,757 Rotaractors are Making a Difference. Check out the informative articles on Rotaractors, their stellar members, amazing projects, and the opportunity to partner projects and develop Rotarians! It is a great read.  CELEBRATE Rotaract and the good it continues to do for 50 years!


    Youth Service in February

    This past month of February, there were two very successful Youth Service events: KERN YES! And an Interact District Conference (IDC). Much thanks goes to the Event Organizers and the 75 attendees (Interactors, parents, Rotaractors, and Rotarians) of the IDC which featured ten teams of Interactors learning to plan a project and also a presentation by Opal Singleton who educated attendees on the challenges and dangers of Human Trafficking.  CELEBRATE our youth!

    Tree Planting

    Tree planting events are being planned in keeping with our effort this year for each club to plant a tree for each member. Some clubs have already done so and some are in the planning stage. In that regard, PDG (Past District Governor) Wade Nomura is reaching out to club leaders to provide assistance for plant selection, planting information, and whole sale discounts. Additional information will be forthcoming shortly.  CELEBRATE fresh air and oxygen from planting a tree!

    Upcoming District Events

    March 10th District Training for Club Board members in Oxnard

    March 10th Ventura Tree Planting

    March 24th District Training for Club Board members in Bakersfield

    April 19th-22nd RYLA Youth Leadership Camp

    May 4th Foundation Fiesta – Santa Maria – Amazing Polio story and Iron Lung.

    June 2nd Emerging Leaders Symposium - Santa Barbara City College, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - This is a NEW DATE for this event intended for PEs and PENs.

    June 16th Club Awards Luncheon and District Governor transition – Santa Ynez Marriott (Buellton)

    Check your emails and the District Website for additional information on these and many other activities

    District Governor John Weiss and Christine    
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    District 5240 Rotarians Visit Columbia

    Posted by B.J. Anderson

    Chas Wilson, RC of Simi Sunrise, recently traveled to Colombia along with a group of Rotarians from District 5240.  The purpose of the trip was threefold:  

    1. Attend a Rotary Project Fair in Armenia, Colombia. The fair was attended by Rotarians from Colombia, Canada, and the U.S.
    2. Check out progress of an ongoing $91k peace literacy grant in Bogota and meet with the local cooperating partners and the host partner, the RC of Bogota Centenario
    3. Carry out three service projects in Medellin

    The project fair featured 64 project proposals from Districts 4271 and 4281 and addressed each of Rotary's six Areas of Focus.  These proposals will be assessed over the coming months.

    The peace literacy grant partners are: MENCOLDES (a Colombian Mennonite community) and Mediators Beyond Borders (based in Montreal, Canada). The MBB team will train and assist the local partners to hold a series of 15 workshops for women to promote human rights and provide conflict resolution tools. These women have been displaced by armed conflict and experienced nothing but war for most of their lifetime.  They will learn how to live in a conflict-free environment.  Another series of 15 workshops will target youngsters with the same goals in mind.

    The group was led by Conejo Valley Rotarian Diego Velasquez and included Rotarians Elisa Ballestas (RC Conejo Valley), Cindy Belmonte, Joe Grossman and Marin Kakacher (RC of Simi Sunset) and Frank Tripicchio.

    The service projects in Medellin, organized and supported financially by the Rotary Club of Newbury Park included:

    1. A visit to a Catholic senior citizen group home to donate money for food.
    2. A visit to an orphanage that housed 80+ kids ages three to eighteen to donate much needed money.
    3. A project at a large school where the Rotarians provided wooden toys to the kindergarten kids and backpacks for the older kids.

    The Rotarian hosts were gracious.  The food was delicious and plentiful.  Diego was a terrific team leader.  Don't miss out on future opportunities to travel around the world and to observe firsthand the work that Rotary does in our world.

    District 5240 Rotarians Visit Columbia B.J. Anderson 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

    Diary of a Polio NID Trip

    Posted by Susan Weaver
    Have you considered but have not yet gone on a Polio NID trip? Share the recent experience of our  NID Team - Brenda Allison, Kay Bliss, Chris Bruney, Sandra England, PDG Jeri Fujimoto, Evelyn Garfield-Loker, PDG Anil Garg, Debra Hale, Maud Huey-Kenyon, John Kenyon, Judy Moore, Jeanne Potter, Michelle Velarde, Mike Weaver, Susan Weaver, Connie Young, and PDG Stephen Zabor - in this day-by-day photo diary.
    Day 1- January 25th: Eighteen team members gather in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, India, to participate in the first National Immunization Day of 2018 (there will be another in March).  We represent eleven different Rotary Clubs - 6 from District 5240, one each from California Districts 5150, 5230, one from Colorado D5450, one from Canadian District 5080, and one from Ohio District 6630.  One of our troup is a friend of Rotary, but not yet a member (operable word here is ‘yet’). For most of us, this is our first NID experience.  This was Anil’s 18th NID. Maud and John Kenyon are also old hands. It was Steve Zabor’s 2nd time.  On our itinerary for the day: visits to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the Rotary Polio Plus Office for briefings about the up-to-the-minute status of the effort to eradicate polio. Our heads are stuffed with statistics!
    Day 2 -January 26th: We divide into teams and head out the cities where we will be actively involved in the NID activities.  We travel by SUVs to Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, and Hathras where we are introduced to our local Rotary hosts. For the next four days we will stay in their homes, getting to know them, learning about their involvement in Rotary, and enjoying the hospitality and cuisine for which India is justifiably famous.
    Day 3 - January 27th: In our various locales we spend the day attending the local Polio Parades to encourage participation in the innoculation program and later visiting local Rotary projects. It is inspiring to see the projects, and also food for thought about possible future grant collaborations between our respective clubs. 
    Day 4 - January 28th: We spend the day visiting the NID Booths in various parts of the cities. Each booth visit is a festive affair filled with balloons, colorful visors and flags.  It is our first opportunity to administer the 2-drops of oral polio vaccine and to paint the pinkies purple of those innocculated, but our main mission is to let the staff and volunteers at these booths know how much their work is appreciated.  We are here for one day.  They have been working diligently for years.  It has taken a huge and sustained effort to get to the point where there have been no new cases of polio reported in India since 2011.  The day is filled with smiles and high-fives and Vs for victory and ThisClose hand signs. The children are enchanting.  
    Day 5 - January 29th:  We spend this day accompanying the local polio workers and the WHO representatives as they go door-to-door noting the number of children in each household, tracking each one’s immunization record, administering drops to any child under the age of five who was not immunized at a booth on the previous day, making note of any child who cannot take the drops because of illness or absence and making plans for follow-up visits to make sure no one is missed.  It is an arduous day.  The accuracy and completeness of record-keeping is astounding.  We are blown-away by the effort.
    Day 6 - January 30: This is a travel day for most teams as we all reassemble in Agra. For the team from Bareilly it is a long day as a general strike closes some of the roads and requires them to detour. This evening we attend a three-club Rotary meeting where we are garlanded and feted as honored guests.  We have a blast! 
    Day 7 - January 31:  We are up and out of the hotel by 6 a.m. for a group trip to visit the Taj Mahal.  It is a pleasant respite for us.  Though the fog has been rather thick in the morning for the past few days, we catch a break and it lifts soon after we arrive at the monument.  It is as beautiful as we had hoped, and by our early arrival we have missed the crowds.  We return to our hotel to check out, eat lunch, and then get back on the bus for a trip to Fatehpur Sikri, capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585, as red as the Taj Mahal is white.  Then we are back on the bus for our return trip to Delhi.  Along the way we stop to see the triple moon - blue moon, super moon, blood moon - a rare and beautiful experience. The half moon in India appeared horizontal, that is lit from the bottom not the side, a Chesire cat smile in the sky.
    Day 8 - February 1: We visit St. Stephen’s Hospital, where polio corrective surgeries are performed and are inspired by the work being done by Dr. Mathew Varghese and his colleagues.  Later we tour the Rotary Blood Bank. Rotary’s presence and visibility in Delhi is amazing.  There is a whole lot of good being done here with Rotary dollars.  We have the late afternoon and evening off to rest, to go shopping or to do some more sightseeing.  
    Day 9 - February 2: We are each off on our own after a remarkable and extremely rewarding experience.  Armed with what we have seen and heard, we will be making presentations to our clubs and generally spreading the word of the remarkable work that has been and is being done.  
    To learn more about the on-the-ground local effort involved in the NID, please see the February issue of the D5240 Rotary Foundation Newsletter, and keep current on the numbers by reading the newsletter every month to see just how close we are to the goal of wiping polio off the face of the earth.  And please, please, please give generously to Polio Plus!
    Diary of a Polio NID Trip Susan Weaver 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

    Schmooze Cruise - District 5240 Reception at RI Convention

    For those of you going or are thinking of going to the Rotary International Convention in June, there will be a joint cruise/reception between District 5240 and our neighboring District 5280 (Los Angeles). Go Schmooze, eh! If you have not signed up for the convention yet, there is still time. 
    Register for the Rotary International Convention: http://www.riconvention.org.
    Register for the Schmooze Cruise: http://bit.ly/RotaryTorontoCruise.
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    Sponsor a Tree at Camp Whittier

    Rotary International President Ian Riseley has challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year July 1, 2017 and Earth Day on April 22, 2018.
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    Economic Forecast Program at Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks

    As part of its Vocational Service contribution to the community, the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks has been providing the Economic Outlook Forecast for the past 20 years. Chair of the committee, Pat McCoy, has been a significant factor in keeping the program going, and Cal Lutheran University has been a significant contributor, both in terms of venue and in terms of critically important speakers.

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    A Message From District Governor, John Weiss

    Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution
    February is a special month for CELEBRATIONS. I have a birthday tomorrow, but more importantly it is a month we CELEBRATE and think about Peace and being more Peaceable. We reflect on resolving conflict. Think about the following: FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. Borrowed from the 4th Object of Rotary which I have discussed 65 times thus far at club visits (only 13 more club visits to go)! Think about it. Have you considered moving your club closer to peace by becoming a Peacebuilder Club. Information can be found on the district website Peace Page.

    Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees!
    One cool project that Rotary International President Ian Riseley has requested is for every club to organize and plant a tree for every member in each club, preferably by Arbor Day. How does it relate to peace? Long before I became a Rotarian I have always admired and felt more relaxed when surrounded by trees. Weather in a tree studded neighborhood or in a state or national park, trees are a good thing (they also provide oxygen for us to breathe). Obviously, there are many ways to promote peace and conflict resolution. Does a tree stop a war? Probably not. Consider the following…

    District Tree Planting Request
    In that regard, I will be asking each Club President to help with this request by appointing a member or committee in each club to coordinate a tree planting with its members, adjacent clubs, Interact, and Rotaract Clubs at a location of each club’s choosing.

    Ventura Tree Planting
    One tree planting opportunity already in place is being organized in Ventura on March 10th at 1PM in the afternoon following the District Training Assembly. This is just one opportunity for Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors to plant trees. If you are interested, details will be shared in early February with your Club President.

    Montecito Mudslides
    Back on Tuesday January 9th we all witnessed the devastation of heavy rains on grounds that had suffered extreme fire. It happened to be the scheduled day for me to visit the Rotary Club of Montecito. My club visit has been delayed until February 20th. 21 lives were lost including a charter member from Goleta John McManigal and several lost their homes to the mudslides including Past District Governor Rich Abbott and his wife Sherry. While our hearts are hurting from the Thomas Fire devastation and the subsequent mudslides, I believe that our best days are just in front of us. Does the planting of a tree make a difference? Perhaps, but how much more if Rotarians come together to do a good thing like planting lots of trees! Yes, it promotes peace in so many ways!

    New Interact Club chartered at New Tech in Nipomo
    On January 22nd, the Interact Club at New Tech High in Nipomo was chartered making it the 76th Interact Club in our district thanks to the Rotarians from Five Cities Eco and Morro Bay Sunset among others. To see an example of what an Interact Club can do, click here to watch a YouTube video. Please note: this YouTube video was produced by the Interact Club itself. Does your Rotary Club have an active Interact Club you work with? If not, please consider chartering an interact club. District staff is available to help. If you have an Interact Club that you have sponsored, please invite the interactors and their parents to attend the Interact District Conference on February 24th in Oxnard and offer to drive them. Carpooling is FUN (and good for the environment)!

    Details on many district events will be forthcoming:
    February 10th -- YES (Youth Empowerment Summit) in Taft
    February 24th -- Interact District Conference at Oxnard’s Pacific High School
    March 10th -- District Training Assemblies (Oxnard)
    March 24th -- District Training Assemblies (Bakersfield)
    May 4th -- District Foundation Fiesta (Gala) Santa Maria – super Key note speaker will share his perspective as a son with a mother stricken with Polio living in an Iron Lung. Please plan to attend, you’ll be glad you did.
    May 19th -- Emerging Leader Symposium – San Luis Obispo TBD
    June 16th -- District Awards and District Governor celebrations Luncheon – TBD
    District Governor Club Visits and Invitation to attend your clubs, projects, and events
    Christine and I have now completed 65 Club Visits and are truly amazed at the Rotarians and projects of each club (only 13 Club visits to go!)! Now that the completion of my club visits are in sight and I’m feeling pretty good, I welcome invites to your club’s meetings and events. Celebrate Rotary: your friends, SERVICE, and HEALTH! We love each one of you and are so honored to serve with you!

    District Governor John Weiss and Christine
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    Rotary House Retreat

    Rotary House Retreat is a six-day intensive outpatient retreat that provides First Responders the opportunity to learn and practice new coping skills while improving personal and professional relationships.  RHR uses prevention and early-intervention models to address issues such as substance abuse, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbances, and other stress- and trauma-related symptoms.  The goal of Rotary House Retreat is to enable First Responders to restore and resume his/her work in a highly productive manner and avoid negative outcomes such as family dissolution, chemical dependence, or suicide.
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    Reflecting on 2017 as 2018 Begins

    Posted by John Weiss

    January in the Rotary world is the month of Vocational Service, click here to link to the MyRotary page which contains The Object of Rotary, The 4-Way Test, and the Avenues of Service. Vocational Service is the second Avenue of Service.

    May I suggest offsite club meetings at businesses of a few of your members or a vocational school program. Or to foster Vocational Service and Membership, may I suggest inviting non-Rotarian business leaders to talk about their businesses for two minutes. They are often good candidates for your club!

    Goodbye to 2017
    December marked the end of our calendar year and the mid-way point of our Rotary year.  As we head into the New Year, it is worth noting that we are finishing the year up 27 net new members which is a positive trend.

    December is traditionally a month of family reflection, and hope and, looking back, you can’t help but appreciate the time of year when many clubs ring the bell to help local families, enjoy festive music, and perhaps a light show in the neighborhood.

    Foremost in our minds this year is the pain and suffering of so many because of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and recent relief that the fires have subsided. Rotarians and our communities have suffered great losses. Our hearts go out to each of you who lost your home and all of its treasures. Fortunately, loss of life was minimized and the spirit of so many was inspiring in the midst of such adversity. I’m grateful that so many Rotarians answered the call within hours to share their homes with others displaced by the fires. Thousands of dollars have been raised by individual contributions and the generosity of our district’s clubs! It’s not too late to give!

    Recently I spoke to a good friend who celebrates all the acts of giving, kindness, and holiday spirit. It occurred to me how cool it is when we think of others. And is that not what Rotary is all about?

    Christine and I have visited 50 (48 Rotary and 2 Rotaract) Clubs. The cool projects of our clubs are inspiring. If you have not already, I encourage you to visit other Rotary clubs for ideas, opportunities for joint service, and to develop friendships. Hopefully your clubs are thinking about and compiling this information for our annual awards which is June 16th this year.

    Recently, I met in Pasadena with my District Governor classmates and the President of Rotary International Ian Riseley and his wife Juliete and our partners for lunch to discuss our service projects, club visits and the planting of trees. RI President Ian shared that Romania is providing 1.2 million trees and Rotarians in Romania will be planting them.  Of course, the world-wide challenge is to plant 1.2 millions trees. With the recent fires that have devastated camps for our youth, tree planting is a part of these projects. If your club has not yet planted a tree for each member, an opportunity will be forthcoming --- details to follow.

    Save the Dates

    Mark your calendars for these events in 2018. Details to follow:

    Feb. 24th    Interact District Conference in Oxnard Pacifica High School.

    May 4th     Our Foundation Fiesta (right before Cinco De Mayo) in Santa Maria. 


    Best wishes for a Happy 2018!  As with my own health, I’m convinced that in spite of what challenges we face, our best days are still ahead!




    Reflecting on 2017 as 2018 Begins John Weiss 2018-01-01 08:00:00Z 0

    Your Last Chance to Qualify Your Club

    The 2018-2019 Club Grants Qualification Webinar will take place on January 9th from 6 to 7 p.m. PST.

    This is your last chance to get your club qualified to submit grants for the 2018-19 Rotary year.

    In order to be qualified, attendance is required by two Rotarians from each club. One of the attendees must be the President Elect (President in Rotary year 2018-19).

    • If your club is already qualified, you do not need to attend this webinar.
    • If you attended an in person training, you do not need to attend this webinar.

    Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6339374315051240451 


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    Results From Council on Resolutions 2017 Vote

    The Council on Resolutions meets online each year.  Representatives from all of Rotary’s districts vote on resolutions that clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the General Council or Conference of RIBI have proposed. The RI Board of Directors will then consider all resolutions that the Council adopts.

    What are resolutions?

    A resolution is a request to the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents. Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues.

    Who votes on the resolutions?

    Representatives from all Rotary districts vote on resolutions proposed by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI.

    Representatives are chosen for three-year terms. The 2017-20 Council representatives will vote in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 COR

    The 2017 vote took place from 15 October to 15 November.

    Results have been published and any Rotarian can now view the resolutions and the results of the vote.

    If you are interested in the results from Council on Resolutions, please visit the following link: https://my.rotary.org/en/cor/vote
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    Take a Virtual Trip to Sri Lanka with Hans and Helena Dahlin

    RC Goleta Noontime International Service Co-Chairs PP Hans and Helena Dahlin share their experiences on their trip to Sri Lanka in July of this year in a video newly posted to YouTube.  Acting as the sponsor club, Goleta Noontime has partnered with RC Colombo East on a Global Grant that funds early childhood learning in rural Sri Lanka.  
    Trouble seeing this video?  Click here
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    Mid-Terms Registration

    Registration is now open for the District 5240 Mid-term Training Seminars. Mid-terms are specifically for Club Presidents, PEs and PENs to continue your important training for each club leadership position. There will be two offerings:
    • Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30am to 12:30pm – Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara)
    • Saturday, January 13, 2018, 8:30am to 12:30pm – CSU Bakersfield (Bakersfield)
    You only need to attend one of the seminars, and your team does not have to attend the same one together. Check-in and continental breakfast will be from 8:30am to 9:00am. The training will begin promptly at 9:00am with a plenary session for all attendees. You will then break out into separate training sessions for Presidents, PEs and PENs. The agenda, maps, and parking directions will be emailed to attendees prior to the training.

    The cost of the training (including continental breakfast and parking) is $20 and the cost should be covered by your clubs. The links to register are below. Each person must complete a separate registration; however, your club may send one check for all their attendees (please indicate who the check is paying for). Or you may pay by credit card and get reimbursed from your club.