District Newsletter
February 1, 2021

Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month
 

DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE

February Message from DG Deb Linden
Dear Fellow Rotary Members,
 
February marks Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention month for Rotary, a cause that is a priority for many members and clubs. Nelson Mandela said, “Peace is not just the absence of conflict; peace is the creation of an environment where all can flourish regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, class, caste or any other social markers of difference.” Through our many projects and efforts throughout the world, Rotary helps create this environment by providing opportunities for education, combating disease and food insecurity, and promoting peace through the Rotary Peace Centers and Scholars.
 
Our District Peace Page contains a variety of resources to help our clubs get involved in Rotary Peace efforts, including becoming a Peace Club. Here is the link: https://www.rotarydistrict5240.org/sitepage/peace-page-1
 
Save the Date - District Training Assembly!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 17, 2021, for the kick-off to our 2021 Virtual District Training Assembly. We will be offering a wide range of classes open to all members in the District. And it is free to attend!  More info to follow soon.
 
Rotary International Convention Going Virtual:
The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be virtual this year due to COVID-19. This is a great opportunity for all members to experience an International Convention. Convention information can be found at this link: https://convention.rotary.org/en 
 
Public Image Grants Now Available!
Did you know that groups of clubs can apply for a Public Image Grant from the District Charitable Foundation?  Check it out at this link: https://www.rotarydistrict5240.org/sitepage/district-public-image-grants
 
Rotary Rose Parade Float Commemorative Patches:
As you know, the annual Rose Parade was cancelled this year because of COVID, only the second time in history this has happened. To memorialize this unique occasion and to raise funds for next year’s Rotary float, the Rotary Rose Parade Committee created commemorative patches available in exchange for a $50 donation. The patch is dedicated to everyone who has been affected by COVID-19. You can purchase your patch and support next year’s float by clicking on this link: https://rotaryfloat.org/product/commemorative-patch/
 
All Things Rotary Podcast – New!
Rotary International (Club & District Support Office) has launched a new Podcast series called “All Things Rotary” that will cover various Rotary-related subjects. A link to the podcast channel is included under the “Links” tab on the District website, and here is the direct link: https://allthingsrotary.buzzsprout.com
 
Finally, thank you all for the incredible service you continue to provide to our local communities and throughout the world. You make a difference every day and I am so proud to serve in Rotary with all of you!
 
Deb Linden
District Governor 2020-21

DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

4-Way Test Essay Contest
The 4-Way Test Essay Contest is here!
 
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

District Rotary Foundation Message
This month's message is posted by Mike Weaver, District 5240 Scholarship Advisor 
 
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UPCOMING DISTRICT EVENTS
District Training Assembly
Apr 17, 2021
 
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CLUB EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS

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DISTRICT STORIES
Packing Food for Distribution to Families at Christmas
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise had Team Rotary volunteers pack up 200 bags of groceries donated by Albertsons to be distributed to United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara families at Christmastime. Big thanks to Tina for her tireless work for UBGC and to all Sunrise Rotarians for lending a hand to help families during this holiday season.
 
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KernYES! 2021 Announcement
The KernYES! Board of Directors met during the Holiday break and decided that in an abundance of caution to not hold the upcoming February 2021 event. The first priority is the safety of our students and volunteers and student education. As the pandemic rages on with students still not meeting in person, we felt it was not safe or prudent. We also took into consideration the burdens on teachers and counselors coupled with the difficulties they face even after they return to in-person learning; we could not add the challenge of coordinating KernYES! registration, it would be too difficult and a near impossible task. We will be meeting mid-August 2021 to plan our February 26, 2022 KernYES! event and very much look forward to continued collaboration in support of our youth.
 
On behalf of the KernYES! Board of Directors, we thank you for your support! 
 
Li Gibbs
Executive Director, KernYES!
Rotary of Westlake Village Holiday Drive In Movie Elf Event
There’s room for everyone on the nice list when you are a volunteer with Rotary of Westlake Village. Their enthusiastic member Erin Culbertson, took the challenged to create a COVID safe event and she did it. On December 12, a simple Drive-In Movie Elf night idea turned into a sold-out EVENT. The Club's members all pitched in to help with every detail. Lynn Jacobsen created a colorful Candy House Village and Christina Ortega took it one step further to build an amazing Tunnel of Light. Mike Dutra dressed up as Buddy the Elf and Ventura County Sheriff Ayub was a jolly Santa. The local businesses, Home Helpers In-Home Caregivers, Reed Capital Management, PEDEGO, and The Arledge Group helped to offer this special event to the Conejo Valley Community. All the proceeds went to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley.
 
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Cambria Rotarians Respond
Since the Regional Stay at Home order went into effect in early December, local hotels and restaurants  have had to layoff many of their employees once again. Over 100 families in Cambria and neighboring  San Simeon, affected by layoffs, find themselves struggling to feed their families and to provide every day necessities. While both the San Luis Obispo Food Bank and Cambria Vineyard Church have regular bi-weekly food  distributions and the Cambria Lions Club is providing a hot meal each week, families are still in need.  So, Cambria Rotary has once again jumped in to help by providing gift certificates for our local market to the 100+ families identified as being in need. It was determined that providing gift certificates rather than groceries gives people the opportunity to purchase items that may not have been included in the various food pantries such as paper goods, over the counter medications and perishable items.  The plan is to continue to provide gift certificates every other week until the stay at home order is lifted  and people are able to get back to work. 
Tehachapi Food Drive
A Rotary Club project that was originally designed by Rotarian Rhonda Brady just for members as a way to give back this past holiday season grew by leaps and bounds into a food project that included people from all over the greater Tehachapi area. There were donations of cash from local individuals and bigger donations from Terra-Gen and BHE Renewables LLC that allowed Rotarians to shop for food to fill the nearly 200 boxes. Many individuals in our community put together the boxes of food, many with extra Christmas surprises.


 
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Thousand Oaks Rotary Honors Grocery Store Workers
Thousand Oaks Rotarians are recognizing 20 grocery stores in Thousand Oaks with a framed Certificate of Appreciation and a poster reminding customers to show their appreciation to all employees. We visit one store per week and the poster gets moved from store to store every week, so it doesn’t end up in the trash can.
 
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Thousand Oaks Rotarians Thank 2500 Essential Workers Across the Area
Every Thousand Oaks Rotarian received a stack of these cards in the mail. The Thank You cards are passed out to postal workers, truck drivers, cashiers, baristas, anyone who is working hard with the public. The cards are lovely alone or with a little money or gift card attached.
 
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Solvang Rotary Club Partners with Sister Clubs
The Solvang Rotary Club is pleased to announce that they have recently partnered with two Rotary clubs in two different countries as their Sister Club. The premise behind a Sister Rotary Club is that you establish a partnership with another club to further international and cultural understanding and to foster goodwill through long standing fellowship and international service and relationships.  Both partnerships were confirmed in November of 2020. 
 
Solvang Rotary is pleased to confirm Aalborg City Rotary Club of Denmark as our Sister Club because of the long standing relationship with the city of Aalborg. The City of Solvang established a Sister City relationship with Aalborg, Denmark, on May 13, 1976.  This relationship was cemented between Solvang and Aalborg because of the many Danish immigrants and the Danish heritage brought to our area. 
 
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Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Inclusion in Action
The Way Forward: Let's Get Uncomfortable
 
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara presents the third lecture in the Inclusion in Action series, titled “The Way Forward: Let's Get Uncomfortable” with Myke Rousell on February 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM PST.
 
Myke Rousell will present a thought-provoking talk on the experience of being Black in America. By sharing personal encounters and experiences he will disabuse us of the belief that we live in a color-blind society. Mike is a Rotarian, a Texan, a CPA, a husband, and a father of 4 children.
 
He will share experiences that may not make news, but do leave scars. He doesn't think of BLM so much as an organization, but rather as a long-desired wish. Myke was inspired to speak for the benefit of his children and impress upon those of us who are not a visible minority that we as a nation can (and must) do better.
 
 
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Twilight Rotary of Bakersfield Brings Holiday Cheer to Local Children and Seniors
Rotary Club of Bakersfield Twilight joined together with local Rotary clubs and others in our community to make the holidays a little brighter for children and seniors in need by participating in two local projects to collect new toys for children in need and much needed sundry items for low income seniors.  Twilight Rotary members donated generously to both the 17 Days of Christmas Project spearheaded by local news station KGET and Christmas for Seniors coordinated through the East Niles Senior Center.  The donated toys were given to children at the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Boys and Girls Club Kern County, while the donated sundry items were given to low income seniors through the East Niles Senior Center. Through the collective efforts of Twilight Rotary members and others in our community, children whose families are experiencing homelessness and other financial difficulties and seniors living on limited fixed incomes experienced extra holiday joy this year.
 
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