District Newsletter
October 1, 2018

Economic and Community Development 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
This month is Economic and Community Development month, and I have asked PDG Nick Frankle to update us on the micro finance efforts within our District and around the world. This is a hidden gem worthy of our awareness and our commitment.
See you all at the District Conference. If you haven’t signed up, please do so today. It is going to be a great and informative time. Register your Interactors and
Rotaractors to come with you. They, too, have a very full agenda.  Be sure to include in your registration the District Foundation Gala on Saturday evening.  This is our time together as a District and you won’t want to miss it!
Sandi Schwartz
District Governor 2018-19

Official District Governor Visit Moments

Chief of Stuff Jacque Jans and Sandi sipping on the 2018-19 District 5240 cocktail Timber.
Santa Barbara Rotaract Club on a home build for Habitat for Humanity
Newbury Rotary Club’s Dream Catcher Park
Message From PDG Nick Frankle

October is Economic and Community Development Month.  Rotary supports investments in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvements in their lives and their communities by:
  • Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations, and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities;
  • Developing opportunities for productive work;
  • Reducing poverty in underserved communities.
In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by the year 2030.  Goal number 1 is the elimination of poverty in all forms everywhere.  Today, over 800 million people live below the World Bank global poverty level of $1.90 per day.  Poverty is  more than the lack of income and economic security.  Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education, social exclusion and lack of participation in decision making. Rotarians  in our district and around the world are helping to provide financial services for the poor --  reducing poverty by enabling them to build assets, increase incomes, and reduce their vulnerability to economic stress. Services such as savings, loans, and money transfers enable poor families to invest in enterprises, better nutrition, improved living conditions, and the health and education of their children. 

Microfinance has a solid track record as a critical tool in the fight against poverty. Microfinance provides loan capital to help low income people – primarily women –start sustainable businesses. Microfinance is more than just loans.  It is an entire system of support, guidance and accountability to ensure  financial stability for the borrowers and their families.  The emphasis on women recognizes that an empowered woman will focus on the health and welfare of her children and on the economic uplift of her community.   In the past 15 years microfinance has reached almost 130 people worldwide. While the implementation is different based on cultures and countries, the principles of needs assessment, training, funding, mentoring and networking are universal.

While we often associate microfinance with the developing world, Rotary projects are underway in Detroit, MI; Raleigh, NC; and here in District 5240.  In 2012, the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise was awarded the first Rotary Foundation Grant for microfinance in the developed world. The grant had three components – outreach to the Hispanic community; creation of a Spanish language self-employment training curriculum; and a revolving loan fund. The grant was administered with Rotarian involvement and oversight by Women’s Economic Ventures - a non-profit organization with a 27-year track record of providing small business training, technical assistance and micro loans. As of September 2018, the grant has provided $307,000 in microfinance loans, experienced a payback rate of 97%, and contributes $3,600,000 annually to our local economy. The grant  loan fund continues to create new businesses and jobs in our district. 

Looking for more information. The Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development (RAGM) provides advisors and mentors to Rotarians interested in microfinance projects.  Its members are available to help as you look for ways to change lives in our community or in communities around the world. Click on the button below for the brochure, visit them at www.ragm.org or contact PDG Nick Frankle (nickdg1617@earthlink.net).
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
Avenue of Service Spotlight
Rotarians don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to register (and help sponsor) future Rotarians for the 2018 District Conference!
The New Generations District Conference will be a unique experience like no other before!  It’s a packed day of skits and fun featuring a lively interactive presentation by PDG Wade Nomura in the morning and RI Senior Officer, Steve Solomon is our afternoon keynote speaker. Plus a fun surprise... RI Director John  
Matthews, will join New Generations in a service project to benefit the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and the Homeless Shelter. He will speak to our group and pose for a fun selfie with us for (possibly)The Rotarian and R.I. site! And we join you, our Rotarians, from District 5240 and around the world, for meals, speakers and exhibits!

Bring flyers/photos/display boards featuring your Rotaract and Interact Clubs for the exhibit tables! Also bring your Interact and Rotaract club banners for the Club banner parade!
Register now before the window closes, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
In the meantime, enjoy the first installment of D5240 New Generations VLog at the button below! Look for the second collaborative installment next month from SLO Rotaract!
Psst...we’ll unveil the winners of New Gen design contest with tee-shirts featuring their winning design!
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
Rotary 5240 Business Networking Site
Discover and connect with great local businesses in your local neighborhood like dentists, hair stylists and more. Support fellow Rotarians.
ClubRunner Webinars
In these webinar sessions, subscribers will get a guided tour of ClubRunner's features and how it will help you automate, streamline and enhance communication for your club. There are various specialized sessions available to help you get the most out of your level of site access.
Stories From Around the District
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.

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.” 

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.

Upcoming District Events
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. Gala
Oct 20, 2018
Master PRLS Weekend - Oxnard
Oct 26, 2018 – Oct 28, 2018
Master PRLS Weekend - Bakersfield
Feb 22, 2019 – Feb 24, 2019
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