District Rotary Foundation
In 2017 all of Rotary will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Rotary Foundation.  Can you do this in your own clubs?  Of course.  But why not actually BE there in Atlanta with all the other Rotarians from the world over where the foundation was established in 1917. In the last 100 years Rotary has become a powerful moving force for giving the help that makes lives around the world more tolerable and provides hope for something better.  It is a reason for all of us to gather at the convention to share with each other the reason for being Rotarians. 
Atlanta is one of the premier cities of the South and will serve as the stepping off place to the wonders of DC and the beauty and intrigue of the East Coast where our country was founded.  Do a Google search and discover the foundations of the United States from Georgia to New England.  May through June is a great time to travel with perfect weather and no hurricanes!
The Rotary Foundation's 100th birthday party is open to all of us and will be held June 14th. Do you have a copy of "Doing Good in the World", the story of the Foundation's first 100 years?  Or plan to buy one in the House of Friendship?  The author, David Forward, will hold a book signing at the convention. As for how the Foundation became a global leader in humanitarian service, the Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit at the House of Friendship will tell the story.
This is an opportunity that will come only once in our lifetimes.  Join those of us who will be there in Atlanta and make your reservation now.
Contact: Ashlea Boyer
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.


STEPS 2017 is Coming!

 January 28, 2017 at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks
For more information and registration, see  www.rotarystepsonpoverty.org
This year STEPS will highlight Human Trafficking, an issue affecting people in poverty here and around the world.  Keynote speakers are Opal Singleton, author of Seduced, The Grooming of America’s Teenagers, and Dr. M.D. Kinoti, a professor at Regis University who grew up on a tea farm in Kenya.  Opal has trained thousands of government officials and school administrators about Human Trafficking.  Dr. Kinoti is active in international community development, working with Farm Concern to address poverty in Africa.  These presentations will inspire and help you understand how to protect youth and break the cycle of poverty.
Breakout sessions are designed to empower youth and increase understanding of the issues of poverty and how to develop sustainable humanitarian projects.  STEPS will also include exhibits by non-profit organizations and Rotary clubs, and a Speed Project Fair, a fast paced exchange of project ideas.
STEPS 2017 will deliver the inspiration, connections and information to help you make a difference in communities here and around the world!  STEPS is free to D5240 Rotarians.  For more information and registration, see  www.rotarystepsonpoverty.org
FAYM (Festival of the Arts Youth Movement) is a music and arts festival that was created by the Interact clubs of Simi Valley last year to promote youth creativity. Music and arts are promoted through the interactive music and vendors. This year we are collaborating with Interact, Key club, Rotary club and Kiwanis of Ventura County to make this event larger since we are involving these large divisions of key club as well as the Interact clubs outside Simi Valley. All the proceeds made from this event will be used to provide vital materials to the Door of Faith Orphanage in Mexico. We are focusing on the art programs because we want to provide equal opportunities for everyone despite these programs receiving less funds compared to core subjects, this is inspired because Santa Susana High, where FAYM started, has more funding since we a performing arts school compared to simi . This year, FAYM will be held on February 25th at the Rancho Simi Community Park Amphitheater in Simi Valley. FAYM is 100% student run which gives high schoolers the opportunity to learn how much work, collaboration, and problem solving is necessary to host a large scale event. Youth creativity is encouraged since we only accept student vendors, performers, and technical crew. For example, one of our vendors is an aspiring entrepreneur who sold her handmade backpacks and gave 10% of her earnings to FAYM. Last year we made approximately $7000, $5000 was used for expenses but the remaining $2000 was used to purchase materials requested by the Door Of Faith Orphanage in Baja, Mexico. From September 10th-11th, ten members of the FAYM committee personally delivered these supplies and made crafts with the children.  
Make Your Reservations Now and Join Us for the Good Times!
More important than what fantastic events you need to make reservations for includingthe Atlanta Braves Game? The Coca Cola Experience? Private Screening of Gone With the Wind?
Of MOST IMPORTANCE, right this moment, is to hurry to
and secure your accommodations! Over 20 hotels have decreased to only 10 – with fabulous pricing secured by our Rotary Hosts.
Don’t walk, RUN! Your hotels are disappearing quickly and we want you to join your fellow District 5240 Rotarians for the biggest party of the year and the crown jewel of the Foundation Centennial Celebration when we go “On to Atlanta!”
Contact: Ashlea Boyer
"On To Atlanta" Chair
SAVE the DATE! District Training Assemblies
The District 5240 Training Assemblies are scheduled for March 18, 2017 in Bakersfield and April 1, 2017 in Oxnard. Each Assembly will run from 9:00AM to 12:30PM. Check-in and continental breakfast from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  The cost is free to all members. Training will focus on information for incoming Club Presidents, Officers, and Board Members (those who will be serving in 2017-18) although everyone is welcome.
Details and registration will follow soon.
The Conejo Valley Rotary Club Donates to the Wheelchair Foundation
The Conejo Valley Rotary Club has raised funds for 7360 wheelchairs in 12 countries over the last 10 years. Diego Vasquez resents a check for $42,000 to David Behring, President of the Wheelchair Foundation along with Derrick Issa, incoming President of the Conejo Valley Rotary Club.
Heather Frankle and Women's Economic Ventures- Micro-Credit Project
Heather Frankle Project Fund
Heather believed that the road to peace was based on improving the lives of others.  She was an ardent supporter of The Rotary Foundation and its commitment to sustainable projects that resulted in permanent change.   Heather was a pioneer in expanding the reach of Foundation grants around the world and locally in District 5240.
The Heather Frankle Project Fund will be used to fund Rotary projects in District 5240 and in communities around the world that lift people out of poverty and provide them with a better future.  Emphasis will be in two areas of focus – Water and Sanitation and Economic and Community Development.  Heather knew that that the health of a community began with clean water and sanitation. She was committed to economic development with a focus on microfinance as a means of empowering people to realize their full potential.   She worked closely with the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) and Microfinance and Community Development (RAGM) to enable Rotarians to do good in the world.   Your contribution to the Heather Frankle Project Fund will continue her commitment to changing the world one life at a time.

A special fund has been set up for contributions for the continuation of Heather’s humanitarian work.
Donations will be accepted at the Heather Frankle Project Fund, C/O the Simi Sunrise Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 941101, Simi Valley, CA 93094-1101
Announcing the 2nd Annual Cartagena- Colombia Projects Fair
February 3, 4, 5, 2017 in Colombia
The projects fair is organized by Rotary Districts 4271 and 4281 and will take place in Colombia. Rotarians are encouraged to attend and explore various projects planned by clubs in Colombia. The fair provides an opportunity to participate with clubs in Colombia for a Global Grant.
Please contact:
Conejo Valley Rotary Club
Past-President 2006-07,2010-11
International Chair 2015-16-2016-17
(805) 402-2370
Peace is the Next Frontier for Rotary International
Last year, under the leadership of IPDG Jim Bell, District 5240 was designated a Peacebuilder District.  
Our district peace chair, Catherine Bonifant (email: catherine.r.bonifant@gmail.com), is developing programs that will help your club learn more about peace programs in our district and around the world and help your club become a Peacebuilder Club.

Rotarian Tom Schneider, Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Midday,  attended our district conference and brought a gift for each club in our district.  We provided assistance to Tom and his club in translating the video "Peace Is" into Spanish. 
In return, he has provided a USB flash drive with the video in English and other peace information for each club.  
Nancy Falconer is mailing the flash drive to each of you. Look for it in the next several days.
You can follow our peace programs on the District 5240 Web Site at http://www.rotarydistrict5240.org/SitePage/peace-page. and in future issues of the District Foundation Newsletter. 
If  you have an interest in the pursuit of peace, please reach out to Peace Chair Catherine and offer her your ideas, your assistance and your dreams.

Together, we can make peace happen.
Yours in Rotary Service, 
Nick Frankle
District Governor, Rotary Year 2016-17

Rotary has Designated December as Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
As you know, Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio. Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
Now, as we are in the end game, we need your help.  Make a donation to Polio Plus. Your gift to the PolioPlus Fund is eligible for Paul Harris Society recognition. Maximize support for polio eradication within your club and your community by organizing a fundraiser. Follow the status of the polio eradication efforts at the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  Educate your community on Rotary’s leadership role in the eradication of this dreaded disease. 
We are truly this close.
What Does Rotary’s Monthly Themes Do for Your Club?
December’s Rotary theme is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. One of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. So how is that important to me and my Rotary Club, when I’m so busy doing all the things associated with the holiday season this time of year? As the District Club Service Chair it is my job to help build strong Rotary clubs in Rotary District 5240. But to do that we need to have well educated members who are proud to be in Rotary and willing to share their pride.
Wear your Rotary pins as we are meeting with family, friends and co-workers.  We are busy out shopping and attending holiday parties and exchanging ideas. Use the opportunity to promote Rotary and The Rotary Foundation. In spite of all the negative news we are bombarded with every day, Rotary is doing something right.  Use this month’s theme and start a positive conversation. Standup and be recognized as a Rotarian, talk about what your club is doing locally first.  But also talk about that project your Rotary club is doing, providing cataract surgery to a nearly sightless villager in Mexico, clean water to a town in South America or maybe a NID you were on.  If you need some ideas use this link.   
Global Grant for Funding Early
Childhood Education in Sri Lanka
In 2015-16, 10 clubs in district 5240 helped fund a project that supported early childhood education by improving preschool teacher's training in rural Sri Lanka. That grant is now helping 375 preschool teachers (who are currently in training) to get their diploma.  This will benefit 7,500 children annually! However, there are still 15,000 preschool teachers that need a diploma.
The Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime has now submitted a follow up grant because of the success with the previous one.
We need commitment from clubs in District 5240 to reach a minimum of $10,000 in cash.
The Rotary Foundation by Brenda Cressey, Trustee-Elect 2017-2021
The Rotary Foundation, with all its hopes and dreams, is because of each one of you.  The Foundation was the very reason why I joined and now remain a Rotarian.  In fact, the Foundation and its mission to eradicate Polio is the very reason why I joined Rotary 28 years ago.  
Today, I am extremely humbled by my appointment to serve a four-year term on the Board of Trustees of The Rotary Foundation from 2017-2021. There are 15 members, each nominated by the president-elect and then elected by the board in the year prior to talking office.  Four of the trustees are past presidents of RI.
As I travel around this big world of Rotary I’ve been privileged to meet people who I feel are true humanitarians, people who are “Doing Good in the World”. 
January 2017
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Rotary District 5240 Office
3394 Bryan Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Telephone: 805-578-1061 Fax: 805-578-1081
Email nlfalconer@aol.com
Administrative Assistant: Nancy Falconer