District Newsletter
February 1, 2019

Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution 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
DG Sandi at Keep Bakersfield Beautiful project
February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution month in the Rotary World. Every touch that comes from Rotary has Peace written all over it. When you live by Rotary’s motto of "Service Above Self" it is easy to promote peace and reduce conflict.  

I asked Ojai Rotarian Mike Weaver from The Rotary Foundation Committee to write an article on Terrence Stevenson who is a current peace scholar and will be visiting in our District in March.
Please see the article below.
Sandi Schwartz
District Governor 2018-19

Official District Governor Visit Moments

Our DGE Savi with her classmates from Korea and Mexico at the International Assembly
DG Sandi getting 1:1 time with RI President Barry Rassin
2019 Rotary Rose Parade Float 
Rotary Peace Fellows are Making a Difference
Posted by Mike Weaver, District 5240 Peace Chair
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier academic scholarship of The Rotary Foundation, supporting Rotary’s mission to empower, educate, and increase the capacity of peacebuilders through rigorous academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities. Through this experience, Rotary Peace Fellows build the skills needed to become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution both in their communities and around the globe. 

The fellowship is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and to working for peace.

Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world. 
  • Master’s degree programs: Last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break.
  • Professional development certificate program: For experienced professionals and lasts three months with two to three weeks of field study.
Last year, David Stovall of the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks submitted the name of Terrance Stevenson for consideration as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Terrence works at the US Peace Corps offices in Washington, D.C. He serves as financial liaison and point of contact between Peace Corps’ Office of Chief Financial Officer and outside agencies on issues related to interagency financial agreement transactions and private sector donations. He manages revenue databases of over $7.8 million in contributions from donations, collections and claims in the agency’s financial systems. In order to gain some field experience, Terrance spent a summer in Armenia teaching English and chaired a country wide HIV and AIDS awareness campaign.

This spring Terrance will complete his Master Degree in International Service at American University. He has previously worked with other nonprofit organizations as the William J. Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. 

As District Peace Chair, I reviewed Terrance’s academic credentials, work experiences and reasons he believed that being a Rotary Peace Fellow was the right fit for him personally in order to achieve his career goals. A committee of District 5240 current, past and future District Governors conducted a personal interview with Terrence and he received the district’s endorsement for his application to be submitted for further consideration by Rotary International.  The selection process by The Rotary Foundation is highly competitive. Only a fraction of the applications that are submitted annually are finally chosen to receive a scholarship to one of the six Peace Center universities around the world.
We are delighted that Terrance Stevenson was selected a 2018 Rotary Peace Fellow and will pursue a Master’s Degree Program in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford in Bradford, England. https://youtu.be/etnu3mj5IzA.
After graduation, Terrance plans to further the promotion of peace through training others in financial management and investments. He eventually would like to start his own nonprofit to advance economic development in the developing world.
We hope that you will have an opportunity to meet Terrance at the District Assembly in March of this year.
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at the UN or international organizations around the world.
The District is looking for candidates for consideration for 2019 Rotary Peace Fellow scholarship. Send names of anyone you think might be interested and has the required credentials to Mike Weaver, D5240 Peace Chair, amweaver@pacbell.net.
Become a Peacebuilder Club
Confirm your club’s commitment to creating a more peaceful world for all. 
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning on becoming the first District Peacebuilder Club of Rotary Year 2018-19.
For more information, click the button below. Or email peacebuilderclubs@district5240.org
Rotary 5240 Business Networking Site
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Dinner in Hamburg!
District 5240 Reception in Hamburg!
Sunday, June 2, 2019, 6:30 pm
Traditional German Dinner & Beer at Hofbrau Munchen in Hamburg
Celebrate Hamburg with your fellow Rotarians from District 5240
Stories From Around the District
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
Upcoming District Events
Master PRLS Weekend - Bakersfield
Feb 15, 2019 – Feb 17, 2019
Historic Fort, Taft
Feb 23, 2019
Priority #1 Plus Membership Workshop
Mar 09, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Master PRLS Weekend - SM or SLO
Apr 26, 2019 – Apr 28, 2019
2019 Rotary International Convention--Hamburg
Hamburg Messe (“Fair”) and Congress Center
Jun 01, 2019 8:00 AM –
Jun 05, 2019 9:00 PM
District 5240 Dinner in Hamburg
Jun 02, 2019 6:30 PM
2018-19 District Grant Final Reports Due
Jun 30, 2019 11:59 PM
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