What's Happening in District 5240
Posted by Liz Alves
on Aug 08, 2015
On August 7, the Rotary Clubs of Group 8 made history in a parade that celebrates history.
The clubs' entry into Santa Barbara's annual El Desfile Historico hosted the first real wedding on a float during the Old Spanish Days (AKA Fiesta) parade.
Lindsay Muse and James Reichlen said their I dos along Cabrillo Boulevard aboard a flower-adorned re-creation of the Santa Barbara Courthouse and Sunken Gardens.
Walt Stephens designed and managed the construction of the float, which inspired other Rotarians to make the most of Fiesta's 2015 Romantica theme. The vision for the float included re-enacting a wedding. Steve Kally joked that it should be a real wedding. Liz Alves asked, "Could we?" David Velarde said, "Yes." (Scott Burns checked with the Fiesta leadership, who also said yes. He is also credited with getting permission to display the Rotary wheel on the float.)
The proposed idea turned into a wedding proposal in less than a week. At the same time dozens of Rotarians contributed to the construction and decoration of the float. Thank you to everyone who helped create the float, spread the word, and cheer during the parade.
On parade day, the wedding was attend by the couple's officiant, two friends, the groom's mother, District Governor Jim Bell, Past District Governor Wade Nomura, Rotarians David Velarde, Michelle Velarde, Kim Bish, and Liz Alves, as well as Boris Alves and Rose.
August is Membership and Extension month. I'm glad Rotary International placed this emphasis on Membership early in our Rotary year. It's a good time to begin thinking how each of us can do our part in sharing this wonderful organization with those who have not yet experienced the joy of being a Rotarian. We learned this past year the two most significant reasons why people join Rotary: form new friendships, and to do good things in their community. I'll bet that's you too! So a good place to start is to develop or memorize the answer to the age-old question: "What is Rotary?" I'll share with you the one my club teaches: "It's a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders who meet regularly, get to know each other better, form friendships, and through that, are able to get things done in our community". No "magic" here but something really good for each of us to know and have ready at that right time. Equally important is to be certain, week in and week out that our club is friendly, responsive, and looks inviting. Finally, let's also be sure we can answer these questions: How do I help my club go from good to great? How do I engage our current members? For your PhD in Membership (or just your Masters) log-on to your "My Rotary" account, and click on "Membership" on the "Learning and Reference" drop-down menu on the white bar at the top!
Rotary International District 5240
Have you ever considered applying to be a District Governor? Or you may consider doing this in the future? Maybe you need more information to help you make that decision and perhaps debunk some old school thinking about this prestigious position.
Save Saturday, August 22nd on your calendar for a meeting at District Governor Jim Bell's home in Bakersfield. Meeting time: 10:30am to 12 noon. Led by PDG Frank Ortiz and PDG Jack McClenahan, they will answer any and all questions that relates to how the process works; the monies involved; the time commitment; and answering the age-old question "Do I have to be a brain surgeon to qualify?" Email Nancy Falconer at email@example.com if you have interest in attending this meeting by Thursday, August 20th.
Save January 15-16, 2016 on your calendar. The RI President has endorsed this first of five world-wide Rotary Peace Conferences that will be held at the Ontario, CA convention center. See www.peaceconference2016.org for more information. DG Jim Bell has decided that the District will support this conference in place of the annual STEPS conference. Early bird registration ends September 1st. Get a team together to represent your club.
Community Service Director 2015-16
Membership and Retention, the most important part of Rotary. August is designated as the month we focus on this, but every day, all of us should be an example of an organization that our friends and associates would want to join.
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On Friday, July 24, 2015, we marked the one year anniversary since the last case of wild poliovirus in Nigeria!
There are lots of ways to share the good news at the link below. It includes samples to use on Twitter and Facebook. There are infographics, videos, pictures and even sample press releases that you can tailor to meet the needs in your community publications.
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