Rotary Monthly Theme
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month
Club Highlights
Club Highlights
featuring the Bakersfield West Rotary Club
Bakersfield West Rotary Club has spent two years raising $60,000 through it's major fundraiser Cioppino to launch the Breast Cancer Fund.
It is a sustainable fund for Breast Cancer Education and Research for women who may not have the resources to access the services they need.
The Club was honored recently at the San Joaquin Community Hospital for the contributions that provided Breast Cancer survivors with prosthetics, wigs, treatment, and education.
Thank You Bakersfield West Rotary for all that you do!
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Welcome to Rotary District 5240 serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
and Kern counties in California.
We are 3500 professional, business and civic leaders who meet regularly to get to know each other, form friendships and exchange ideas that enable us to make a difference in our local community and in communities around the globe.
We invest our time, talent and treasure performing projects that improve our communities, supporting the many non-profit organizations that serve our communities, and providing leadership and scholarship opportunities to our youth.
We reach out to communities around the world to form partnerships that change lives.

Imagine your community without Rotary. 
Who would feed the homeless? Who would stock the shelves of your food banks?  Who would provide medicines and funding for diagnostic tests to your free clinics? Who would provide a disadvantaged child with their first backpack, a special meal at Thanksgiving or the chance to go shopping at Christmas to buy presents for their family? Who would mentor your youth and celebrate your senior citizens? Where else would the non-profits in your area find the extra time, talent and treasure needed to accomplish their goals?  What other organization would offer leadership training to high school students through programs like Interact and RYLA and then provide the scholarships to help them live their dreams? 
August is Membership Month.  Take time this month to look around your community and make your own list of the good being done every day by you  and your Rotary club – then share it with your friends and business acquaintances. Invite them to join you at a meeting, a social or a project. Wear your Rotary pin proudly and always be able to answer the question “why are you a Rotarian?”  Make sure that your Facebook page, LinkedIn page and email signature identify you as a proud member of your Rotary club. 
You are Rotary’s best ambassadors.  Think of how much more your Rotary club could accomplish with one more member.  Make a commitment to yourself and to your club to invite one person to a Rotary event. 
Sometime in the past someone gave you the gift of Rotary.  This membership month pass that gift on to someone else.  It is the one gift that lasts a lifetime.
The District Conference will be held October 14-16, 2016 at the Hyatt in beautiful Westlake Village, CA.

Rotary clubs assemble backpacks
for Conejo Valley students
Great story in the Ventura County Star about four Conejo valley Rotary Clubs working together to help students go back to school prepared.
Rotary clubs including Westlake Village, Westlake Sunrise, Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley gathered recently to fill backpacks with school supplies for students.
Click Here for the story and video-


Simi Valley Sunrise Club Honors Officer Tom Carney with a Paul Harris Fellow

In Appreciation for His Work Within Simi Valley


Simi Valley, CA -- Simi Valley Police Officer Tom Carney was recognized recently as a Paul Harris Fellow in special appreciation for the ways in which his life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is one of the largest and most important programs of Rotary. Without the Foundation, Rotary could not continue its many humanitarian programs and its efforts to promote world understanding and peace.

Click on the Flyer to download and distribute to your club!
MPRLS Weekend: October 7-9, 2016
You may take one Master PRLS (MPRLS) class or all five in one weekend!
Class cost is $60 each or $250 for the weekend - a savings of $50
[Recommend previous completion of Introduction to Rotary]
Register at by: Monday, October 1, 2016

3:00 – 7:00 PM Leadership
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
8:00 – Noon Facilitation Skills
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Projects and Grants
8:00 – Noon Communications
All participants will be provided a PRLS binder and thumb drive

Letter from Gil Igleheart, District Assistant Governor, Group 11 West
We now have Vandenberg AFB helping with our efforts! Major Steve Edstrom and his assistants will be promoting and helping with the awareness of the effects that dogs have on our Veterans with PTSD. We all want to help stop the 22 or greater number of Veterans that are committing suicide daily...This will be of great help to  the Santa Barbara Rotary clubs. for the Veterans in Santa Barbara County.
We are very happy to announce another great supporter... Applebee's International! On Wednesday August 31, the two restaurants in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo will donate 15% of all meals (5-8PM) back to PFAC. Please support this great relationship that we have with them and our Veterans.
"Homes of Distinction" Tour brought to you by the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club
September 18 is your one-day opportunity to view five beautiful and unique homes in and around San Luis Obispo. Tour a cottage by the sea, the historic Avila house, a home built in a metal barn, a Victorian built in 1899, and a home inspired by a trip to Italy. Grab a friend and get ready for a wonderful afternoon as you help support the charities of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo. A brochure and tickets are available at
Rotary Contact: Wilda Rosene,, 805-546-8806
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Biking, Brews & BBQ Ride

The Biking, Brews & BBQ Ride will be on Saturday September 24, 2016.  This year's ride begins at the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club.  The ride is open to individuals, families and teams, with courses for all levels: 5, 20, 56, and 100 mile events.  The post-event BBQ will be prepared by the Pleasant Valley Lions Club with craft beers from local micro-breweries.

Ride organizer Debbie Herrera says "This will be a fun event with some of the same routes used in this year's Tour of California."  This is the 3rd annual ride organized by the Camarillo Rotary Club.

For the latest information and to register, go to or contact Debbie Herrera at or 805/509-1961


EXTENDED DEADLINE___Get your tickets now!
Available to Rotarians until end of August. This special event benefitting END POLIO will be at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8:00PM.
Click on the picture to go to the ticket purchasing page on

Registration is now open for all Presidents Elect to register for the President Elect Retreat on Friday, September 16, 2016 – Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria. Click on the link below to register. Please be sure to select your choices of breakout sessions during the retreat as part of your registration.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER----PE Retreat Registration Link
Rooms are available at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria at a reduced rate of $120 per night (plus tax). Click the link below for the
hotel website to reserve your room and use the following special rate code:
In the reservation section, click on the box that says “More Search Options” and enter the rate code ROT916 to get the special PE Retreat rate.


We Double Dog Dare You to Support Our Upcoming Dog Days Golf Tournament

An event benefiting the Simi Valley Police Community Safety and Education programs, the Simi Valley Police K-9 Team, and the
Simi Sunrise Rotary Charitable Foundation
The 23rd Annual Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise and Simi Valley Police Foundation Dog Days of Summer Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 1 at Moorpark Country Club promises to be more exciting than ever! 
The community is invited to participate in a fun day of golf, barks and lots of memories with friends and associates all to benefit the Simi Valley Police Community Safety and education programs, the Simi Valley Police K-9 Team,and the Simi Sunrise Rotary Charitable Foundation. 
Want to Share your Rotary Events and Projects on TV?
Showcase them on “Rotary Serving Our Community”, a weekly TV show that airs on public access
in Santa Barbara and is also available
online 24/7 at www.WeAreRotary.TV
for everyone to see.
Contact Wade Nomura at: Wade@WeAreRotary.TV

August 2016
District Conference
The District Conference will be held October 14-16, 2016 at the Hyatt in beautiful Westlake Village, CA.
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Rotary District 5240 Office
3394 Bryan Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Telephone: 805-578-1061 Fax: 805-578-1081
Administrative Assistant: Nancy Falconer