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Group 4 of District 5240 is comprised of five clubs: Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks Sunrise, Westlake Village, Westlake Village Sunrise, and Conejo Valley.

Located in the Conejo Valley, the clubs benefit from close proximity to one another with meetings held within a range of 5 miles.  Three of the clubs are sunrise clubs  and the other two meet at noon. The oldest club is Thousand Oaks, founded in 1958 and the most recent is Westlake Village Sunrise founded in 1985. Each club has evolved their own view of service to the community and to international efforts, but all agreed to join forces for combined efforts to benefit our communities, raise Rotary awareness and to support each other's international projects.


Our Community Service Work Day is a cooperative Group 4 activity to do projects sponsored by the respective cities of Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village the Conejo Valley.  Projects have included:

Repairing and painting 87 park benches/ picnic tables at the Conejo Creek North Park and digging over 290 tree wells at 8 different schools to reduce irrigation costs saving the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the schools an estimated $40,000.

Planting 27 trees at the Yerba Buena Elementary school creating shade for young students and placing sidewalk medallions at 230 locations warning residents not to dispose of waste that would drain into the Westlake reservoir at an estimated savings of $20,000.

Both cities recognized the clubs at their respective city council meetings with proclamations.

Youth Services Rotaract/Interact recognition another innovative and highly successful joint effort , now in its third year, promotes our Rotaract and Interact club members at a breakfast. Each of the Rotaract and Interact clubs present their activities for the year and then presents a Paul Harris Award to the member of the school staff most supportive of each club's efforts. Attended by the Mayors, other elected officials, community leaders and over one hundred Rotarians, students and faculty the event has received prominent media coverage.

Beginning in the 2011–2012 Rotary year, Group 4 Vocational Service chairs, recognized citizens in the community who are making a difference. The clubs nominated and voted on individuals and companies for this recognition. The categories are local government, small business, large business and non profits. The dinner honoring them attracts well over 100 Rotarians, community leaders, families and friends and once again raise the image and awareness of Rotary as a vital force in our community.

For the coming year we are looking at what we can do together to impact our surrounding communities from a “hands-on” perspective. Acting together we comprise over 300 Rotarians to tackle whatever the community might need. Some of the activities being considered are more active participation in each others fundraisers, participation by Group 4 in the Story Book Program pioneered by the Thousand Oaks club at the Todd Road Jail facility and the expansion of a Jobs Mentoring Program at the jail as well.

Group 4 is comprised of clubs who have a rich tradition of service within the District and to RI. That service includes 5 past District Governors, an RI Director, two Arch Klumph Society Members, numerous area coordinators, assistant governors and Avenue of Service chairs. Four of the 5 clubs have achieved 100% Paul Harris Fellows status. We have also had 27 members travel to participate in NID's.

Please look at the facts below for details about us:

Who we are

            Thousand Oaks a club of 144 members founded in 1958

            Thousand Oaks Sunrise a club of 34 members founded in 1984

            Westlake Village a club of 55 members founded in 1972

            Westlake Village Sunrise a club of 55 members founded in 1985

            Conejo Valley a club of 16 members founded in 1978

How we contributed and continue to contribute leadership to District 5240

            Sam Greene, District Governor  (1990-1991), RI Director  (1999-2001)

            Jim Hawkins, District Governor (1994-1995)
            Jock MacKenzie, District Governor  (1995-1996)

            Cy Johnson, District Governor  (1984-1985)

            Felix Masci, District Governor  (2000-2001)

            Homer Caston, Arch Klumph Society  (2005-2006)

            Ed Hager, Arch Klumph Society  (2010-2011)


What we contribute to RI

Cumulative amount to Annual Program Fund             $3.7 million 
Polio Plus in 2012-2013 $45,000 
Paul Harris Fellows awarded 1806 
Major Donors 87 

How we raise money

Event Month 
Westlake Village Community Street Festival                 April 
Chili Cook-Off and Classic Car Show April
California Jazz and Wine Fest May 
Conejo Valley Days May 
Oakheart Country Music Festival June
Midsummer Evening of Wine and Food August 
Westlake Village Golf & Tennis Tournament September 
Thousand Oaks Street Fair October


Local Organizations We Support



Conejo Free Clinic
Westminster Clinic
My Stuff Bags
Special Olympics
Boys and Girls Club
Boy and Girl Scouts
Hospice of the Conejo
Senior Concerns
Manna Food Bank
Many Mansions
Feed the Homeless
High School Music
Backpacks for Kids
Big Brothers and Sisters
Image  Community Conscience
Junior Achievement
Mary Health of the Sick
Meals on Wheels
Mi Casa de Angeles
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Riley's Rescue
Sequoia Computer Lab
Teacher of the Month
Teen Center
Thanksgiving Baskets
Villa Esperanza
Youth Citizenship Awards
Youth Ethics Conference
... And Many More


We participate in International Projects in

  • Columbia
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Niger
  • Nicaragua
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Sri Lanka

To learn more about Group 4, contact Assistant Governor Richard Williams, Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks -- email: