District Newsletter
November 1, 2020

Rotary Foundation Month
Welcome to Rotary District 5240
Rotary District 5240 consists of over 2900 members in 71 Rotary Clubs, nine Rotaract Clubs, and 58 Interact (high school) clubs. The District spans four counties in Central California - San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, and Kern County – as well as a Chapter Club based in Guatemala and a Young Professionals Satellite Club in Westlake Village.  Our clubs are active in all aspects of Rotary, including community and international service, youth programs, and fellowship activities.


November Message from DG Deb Linden
Happy November!  This month in the Rotary world is special because it marks The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Month. And as we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving and reflect on all we are thankful for, let’s take a moment to be thankful for all the incredibly good things The Rotary Foundation has done throughout the world. TRF funds local and global projects ranging from huge efforts, like eradicating Polio, to small projects in our own communities through our District Grant program. Your support of TRF – especially the Annual Fund – makes this happen! And you will have a wonderful opportunity to support the TRF PolioPlus fund at our Virtual District Conference – see below.
Virtual District Conference & Party for Polio:
The Rotary District 5240 Virtual Conference is less than a week away! It will be LIVE on November 6-8, 2020 so be sure to register now. We have amazing Keynote presentations and breakout sessions planned and be sure to visit the virtual Exhibitors on our Whova conference app. A detailed agenda and link to registration is on the Conference website at www.rotary5240dc.com.
The kick-off to the conference will be our Party for Polio on Friday evening November 6 featuring an interview with Jim Messina, live musical performances of his songs, a journey on a National Immunization Day (NID) in India, door prizes, and more. During the Party for Polio, we will be raising funds for Polio in a virtual version of passing the hat. In addition, we have a very generous donor who wants to remain anonymous who will match the first $3,000 donated, and the Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley has added another $1,000 to this matching challenge for a total of $4,000!  Even more incredible is any funds we raise will be matched 2-to-1 by the Gates Foundation, so our donations will be tripled for PolioPlus!
We have set up a direct donation platform for the TRF PolioPlus fund and you can donate by clicking HERE anytime before or during the Party for Polio. We will announce the total raised at the Party.
Rotary Gratefulness Week Honoring Essential Workers – November 16-22, 2020:
Our Rotary Zones (Zones 26/27 comprised of 30 districts) have developed a wonderful community service opportunity called Rotary Gratefulness Week to honor essential workers. All clubs are encouraged to do something to honor the essential workers in your community anytime during November 16 - 22, 2020. 
A flyer is below with additional information and a list of sample projects. And please share photos and videos of your efforts on your club and District Facebook pages. Let's all come together during Rotary Gratefulness Week to show our essential workers how much we appreciate them!

Rotary Zone Institute:
Each year, our Rotary Zones convene a Rotary Institute, which is similar to a district conference but bigger and open to Rotarians throughout the two Zones. This year, the 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 you can sign up for. 
New COVID Order Regarding Private Gatherings:
Unfortunately, COVID-19 remains a significant concern and risk throughout our District. On October 9, 2020, the California Department of Health issued a new order concerning private gatherings (such as those at peoples’ homes or gatherings of families/friends at parks, etc). The order can be found at this link:
Please continue to use caution and follow State and local regulations regarding COVID. We want to keep all our members and their families safe and well!
Deb Linden
District Governor 2020-21


4-Way Test Essay Contest
The 4-Way Test Essay Contest is coming!
The goal of the contest is to encourage students to consider how “The 4-Way Test” can be used in everyday decision-making. This can be done by expressing their thoughts in an essay that relates a case or story where they applied these principles in their daily life.
Essays should be at least: 150 words for grades 1-6; 200 words for grades 7-8; and 250 words for grades 9-12.
Cash prizes available! For more information, click the button below.


District Rotary Foundation Message
Our District Rotary Foundation Chair is PDG Frank Ortiz. Every month he will have a message regarding current foundation news and summarize foundation contributions. It's a great way to get updated on TRF.
View the current message by clicking the button below!
2020 Virtual District 5240 Conference
Nov 06, 2020 6:00 PM –
Nov 08, 2020 3:00 PM
President-Elect NovemberTraining
Nov 19, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
KernYES! Youth Empowerment Summit
Feb 27, 2021
View entire list


Add Your Events to the Newsletter!
This year, we will incorporate your club events and projects into the newsletter! We send the newsletter at the beginning of each month and will include events for that month.
Click the button below to send us your flyer, brief discription, and best link for the event.
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.
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! 
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.
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
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
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.
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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