About Rotary International District 5240
If we had to fit it on a Post-It, we'd tell you Rotary is about fellowship through service.
Rotary is the world’s largest service organization with more than 1.2 million members who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.
Rotary District 5240 is made up of 3,500 members, from 74 clubs, in four 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.
You’ll find the clubs of District 5240 along California’s central coast, throughout San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Bakersfield counties.
How it works:
When you join Rotary, you join a local club. See all the clubs in District 5240 here.
Although all clubs operate within the general Rotary International framework, each club has its own distinct personality, participates in its select service projects, and organizes its own fundraisers.
Rotary District 5240 provides support to our clubs through webinar trainings, conferences and assemblies, district-focused grants, and even some social fellowship events.
Facts about Rotary for your next cocktail party:
Rotary has lead polio eradication efforts since 1985
We focus on promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies.
It’s more than 100 years old. It was founded in Chicago in 1905.
The first club in our District was The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, which was founded in 1918.
A few highlights of our district’s recent accomplishments:
From July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014, our members donated $1.2 million toward Rotary’s good work.
About 20% of that went toward polio eradication efforts.
We hosted the incoming Rotary International president from Sri Lanka, K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, in 2015.