District Newsletter
September 1, 2018

Basic Education and Literacy Month

Rotary District 5240 is made up of over 3,300 members, from 72 clubs, in 4 different counties within California, United States. We meet regularly to not only form bonds and friendships, but we also strive to improve lives locally and around the world.
 District Governor's Message
September is Basic Education and Literacy month in the Rotary world. As I travel around our District, I am so proud to see every club in our District giving students in our communities a “leg up” to foster educational success. Our clubs provide students with backpacks, dictionaries, iPads, school supplies, and school clothes. Many of our clubs host an appreciation breakfast for the teachers and school staff on the first day of school. Rotarians raise money all over our District to provide sizeable scholarships to further the education of deserving students.
Some clubs offer financial literacy programs to provide students with a basic understanding of financial transactions, such as managing a checking account and developing a budget, to foster their ability to live independently. Rotarians give their time and attention to mentor individual students through reading programs.
Legacy programs through Rotary such as RYLA and PRLS give students leadership
tools that encourage and enable them to “reach for the stars” as they focus on
their future. Understanding that good nutrition is crucial for learning, some Rotary Clubs have programs that provide food to students, including meals children can take home to enjoy with their families outside of school. Rotarians understand that basic education and literacy is crucial to student success all over the world. Without the efforts of Rotarians, far too many children would lack basic necessities to foster successful education. Many of our District and Global grants include the provision of education and supplies to underserved areas.

This is what Rotarians do. And the world is better for it.
Official District Governor Visit Moments
COO Scott Phillips receiving his major donor crystal from The Rotary Foundation
Simi Sunset member Chuck Carmichael getting a signed copy of the Bathroom Reader from Governor Sandi
Carpinteria Club members and the DG at the Coronation picnic - Lin Graf, Rena Van Kirk, and Kevin Baird
2018 District 5240 Conference
Doubletree Hilton - Bakersfield
October 5-6, 2018
  • RI Foundation Gala Dinner and Dance
  • New Generations Conference
  • Pints 4 Polio
  • End Polio Zero K Pajama Run
New Generations Needs Your Help
Start collecting hotel-sized hygiene products for a very special service project lead by New Generations during the 2018-19 District Conference! More details will come soon.
Santa Barbara 100th Anniversary Gala
You are cordially invited to a 100th Anniversary Gala
Celebrating a Century of Rotary
Presented by the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Avenue of Service Showcase
The District International Committee is trying to make the District Website International Pages as useful as possible.
Please take a look and let us know what you think. Your feedback is very important to us. For any suggestions please contact International District Chair: Dana Moldovan danamol@gmail.com
Polio Eradication (NID) Trip to India
18th Polio Eradication (NID) trip to India – January - February, 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 Feb.9th 2019.
Stories From Around the District
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.
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!
Share Your Club Stories
Rotary District 5240 encourages clubs within the District to submit short articles, "Club Stories," to be published on the District Website and in the District Newsletter. Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to showcase your club's accomplishments. Guidelines can be found on the district website. 
Upcoming District Events
2018 President Elect Retreat (District 5240)
Sep 14, 2018 5:00 PM –
Sep 16, 2018 10:15 AM
2018 District 5240 Conference & Foundation Gala
Oct 05, 2018 5:00 PM –
Oct 06, 2018 10:00 PM
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara 100th Anniv. Party
Oct 20, 2018
Master PRLS Weekend - Oxnard
Oct 26, 2018 – Oct 28, 2018
Master PRLS Weekend - Bakersfield
Feb 22, 2019 – Feb 24, 2019
The District Calendar also displays Club Events/Projects!
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