Rotary District 5240 is made up of over 3,000 members from: 72 Rotary Clubs located in 4 counties of Southern California; The Rotary E Club of One World which spans over 6 continents; The "National Chapters" of The Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning which connect local clubs to members in other states and countries. We meet regularly to form bonds and friendships and we also strive to improve lives locally and around the world. 
Stories From Around the District

Rotarians Helping Rotarians

Rotary is once again taking the lead and looking

to provide support for families in need.

Appeal from District Governor of District 9570, Australia

Michael Buckeridge

In Australia, farmers are the lifeblood of the country and they are in crisis.  Record breaking heat and lack of rain means farmers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle and keep crops alive.  

District 9570 is in Central Queensland and is 600,000 square kilometers in area -- almost the size of Texas, USA.  Since 2012 a large part of the District has been drought declared and at the start of 2020, the entire district is drought declared. 

The drought has resulted in diminished crop growth and carrying capacity for livestock.   Apart from the environmental damage and cattle dying, water quality continues to decline.  The human cost includes financial loss and mental health issues, particularly suicide and depression.

As you know, the District along with other areas of Australia, have experienced a bush fire crisis that experts describe as unprecedented.  This has resulted in homes being lost and businesses being destroyed.  Many of the farms that have been impacted by the fires have also been in drought for many years.

The scale of these combined disasters is huge, and I am asking for donations to our Drought and Fire appeal within District 9570.  The money will be used to assist in the purchasing of water, brushfire recovery, and food for livestock.

Money can be donated to the bank account below, which is being used to manage the District Disaster Response.

Account Name:                       Rotary Club of Pioneer Valley

Bank Name:                               Sarina Community Bendigo Bank

Banks Address:                         37 Broad Street, Sarina, 4737, Qld Australia

BSB:                                             633-108

Account Number:                     154790984

Account address:                      PO Box 46 (41 Mary Street), Mirani, 4754, QLD Australia

SWIFT Code:                              BENDAU3B 

This disaster will be felt in Australian for many years to come and we thank our fellow Rotarians worldwide who are all united in their desire to assist.

January is Vocational Service Month.

Vocational Service was one of two reasons why Rotary  started. Through the years it served us well as we support each other’s vocation, mentor our youth and use our collective abilities to build efficient and impactful clubs.

Our vocational service is  respected and continues to attract altruistic leaders to Rotary. 

It is built on integrity, truth and doing what is fair and beneficial to all concerned. 

We recognize the worthiness of all useful professions and the dignifying of each occupation as an opportunity to serve humanity.

Yet many Rotarians are reluctant to take up leadership positions because of the fear of Rotary overload.

So many of you are surprised when I tell you that I have a full time job. The fallacy is that you have to be semi or fully retired to navigate the responsibilities of a District Governor.

After six months I can safely say that I am successful in balancing my work and Rotary. 

It is not difficult, once there is focus and balance. I focus on what I am good at, which I must confess is a short list and the rest of the District’s responsibilities is spread out among a team of dedicated and accomplished Rotarians. We are very careful to not overload anyone so that everyone can enjoy serving.

In our clubs, if we want to attract more members to step up to leadership positions whether it is  becoming the club’s President, heading up a project, or just being part of a committee, we have to revisit our expectations of volunteer positions and make changes where necessary. 

No one should be expected to give more time than a volunteer position requires.

As we embark on a New Year it is a good time to make our 2020 vision one of balance and focus so that Rotary complements and not compete with our lives.

Adventurous Teens Wanted! 

We’re looking for 15-18 year olds that want to travel the world, learn another language and culture and make lifelong international friendships.  The year abroad enables students to become more self-confident, self-sufficient and better world citizens.  A Rotary Youth Exchange year abroad is valued at over $24,000 due to our volunteer efforts.  Check out www.studyabroadscholarships.org to learn more.  Children of Rotarians are also eligible. 

E-mail Mary at paseta@att.net for an application.  Don’t delay!  Interviews and initial orientation are January 25th, 2020.



District 5240 has no shortage of outstanding Rotarians whose service to humanity can serve as an inspiration to all of us.

This Rotary year, we plan on recognizing and sharing their inspirational journey.

Each of the 12 Groups in the District has been assigned one month in the Rotary 2019-20 year for the Assistant Governor and Presidents to select one Rotarian of Action in their Group.

For the month of December the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Mike Gibson. 

In recognition of “doing good in the world”, Mike will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.

Mike Gibson, Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary

Member of Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary 1989 – present:

President 1996 – 97

Helped found Christmas Parade of Lights in 1995 to present

Continues to coordinate Parade of Lights each year including:

Applications for parade entries, Advertising Parade order, Parade jobs – coordinating, Parade committee agenda

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Barn Party fundraiser – helps BBQ and coordinating food purchase

Head of scholarship committee since 2002

Volunteers for numerous Rotary events such as Day in the Park, Special Olympics

dinner, clip board man etc.



By John Baxter

Rotary Clubs sometimes struggle with where to hold an off-site meeting. Why not hold it at a local high school?  Our Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise held its 7 a.m. meeting at Royal High School in Simi Valley, California.  

We wanted to develop a stronger connection with a local school and learn more about the pathway programs the school offered and how our Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise could help. Career Pathway programs, developed by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health, and Human Resources,  promote the use of career pathways (high schools and colleges)  to assist youth and adults with acquiring marketable skills and industry-recognized credentials. Many countries offer similar programs under different names.

Royal High School offers its students pathways in Building and Construction Trades Digital Arts, Education, Food Service and Hospitality, JROTC and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Patient Care - Sports Medicine, Software and Systems Development.

Ventura South Spreads the Rotary Word at Ventura’s Annual Holiday Street Fair

Twenty members of the Rotary Club of Ventura South turned out on a rainy Saturday, December 7, to set up and staff a booth at the Annual Holiday Street Fair on Main Street in Ventura. Working in 90-minute shifts, the Club members handed out literature about Rotary’s worldwide efforts to eradicate polio and build peace, and also invited those who stopped by to attend a Club meeting to learn more.

The Ventura South Rotarians also promoted the Club’s major fundraiser, the annual Mardi Gras event in support of Turning Point Foundation, on March 1, 2020. For more than 30 years, Turning Point has provided a wide variety of services for those struggling with mental illness in Ventura County.

Club members pictured in the group photo are (l to r): Sandy Warren, Bob Braitman, Melody Thurman, Larry Matheney, Rosa Duran-Ramirez, and Dennis Longwill. Melody went the extra mile in her outreach efforts with a Rotary wheel on her cheek, courtesy of the face-painter in the neighboring booth!

Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning President Kim Fly couldn’t help getting fired up talking to Past District Governor Sandi Schwartz about her Ride To Nowhere.  If Sandi, could raise over $18,000, the Carpinteria Morning Club could certainly raise a couple thousand dollars.

So the challenge was born...

District 5240 has no shortage of outstanding Rotarians whose service to humanity can serve as an inspiration to all of us.

This Rotary year, we plan on recognizing and sharing their inspirational journey.

Each of the 12 Groups in the District has been assigned one month in the Rotary 2019-20 year for the Assistant Governor and Presidents to select one Rotarian of Action in their Group.

For the month of November the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Gerry Porter. 

In recognition of “doing good in the world”, Gerry will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.

Gerry Porter- Rotary Club of Cambria

This is what Cambria Club President Mary Ann Carlson has to say about Gerry :
• Dedicated Rotarians for 15 + years
• Attend all conferences, National, and District and most every educational offering
• Hosts Rotary meetings and receptions at his home • Instrumental in bringing Julian Asange from S. Africa to speak on Polio
• Instrumental in bringing speakers from Schools in India and Schools in Bangladesh
• Gerry has been President, has been international Chair, has been foundation president
• Always has projects for district DDGs – helps write and submit for them
• Working on a Rotary International partner Grant for teaching mothers in Bangladesh
• Brought the club foot project to club. Brought Lakota Tribe Electricity project to club.
• Financially supports a girl for the Pyali Girls School in India
• Works all events and attends nearly every club meeting, committee meeting and board meeting and helps any club member who need information or assistance
Gerry is an exemplary Rotarian and well deserving to be Group 11 Rotarian of the year.
Are you in a Rotary club that isn’t meeting your - or a few of your - members’ expectations? Are there members who like your club but can’t keep attending when it meets? Would you like to start a new club with a small, energetic group committed to community service? If you answered yes to any of these questions, starting a satellite club might be for you. It’s another available option to help Rotary membership grow.
Unlike regular Rotary clubs, which require 20 members to start, a satellite club can form with just eight members. Satellite clubs also give community members and Rotarians the chance to make a positive difference in a club environment that often differs from their current Rotary club.
Like all Rotary clubs, satellite clubs hold regular meetings, have bylaws and a board of directors, and get involved in community service projects. A local Rotary club sponsors the club and provides advice and support. Satellite club members are Rotarians. Officially, they are members of the sponsor club.
By Tim Trujillo, Executive Assistant Governor, Region 1
Strong family bonds are essential for everyone’s well-being. To make it easier and cost-effective for a family member to participate in Rotary programs and to enjoy the benefits of membership together, consider a Family Membership Plan.
Rotary’s Family Membership plan allows a second adult in the Regular Member’s household to have full Rotary participation in all meetings, events and training programs. The policy guiding this membership plan is as follows: 
The Family Membership offering is a discount to a family household member of an existing member paying the Regular Member rate. Family members can join for $ XX per month. This applies as long as another family member is paying the Regular Member rate. 

Need an idea for a Fun fund raiser? Consider Totally Tables. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of China Lake, this new community fund-raiser generated $9900 for this year’s recipient, the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Hospice House.  

Tables of 8 were sponsored by individuals or groups (i.e. organizations, service clubs, etc).  Each table was then uniquely decorated and set following a theme by the table sponsor. Typical themes included travel, sports, products. Our event had table themes of camping, Paso Robles wine, 4th of July, flamingos, roaring 20’s glamour, baseball, fall out, monopoly.

Our event started with social time followed by a catered dinner. There was a short program describing hospice and the Hospice House. Music, dancing, a 50/50 drawing and limited door prizes rounded out the evening. It truly was a fun evening.

For more information, please contact Betty Miller, 760 382 8295, millerbet@verizon.net.

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Scott Phillips from the Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime has been selected to serve as District Governor during the Rotary year 2022-2023.

Scott is a member of the Goleta Noontime Rotary club since 2013. He went on to serve as the Club’s President in 2016-2017. During that year the club was number one in the district for per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation’s  Annual Fund.

Getting little ones, aged 5 or 6, interested in reading is a great way to ensure their success throughout their education years. Reading is such an important part of eventual learning and development in our school systems that it needs to be emphasized early. For kids it also needs to be made fun and enjoyable. So, Edutainment can be achieved by giving kindergartners a personalized book called “School is Fun".


By PDG Frank Ortiz, District Rotary Foundation Chair

Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express our gratitude for your commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honor a friend or family member. 

Share Your Club Stories

Rotary District 5240 encourages clubs within the District to submit short articles, "Club Stories," to be published on the District Website and in the District Newsletter. Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to showcase your club's accomplishments. Here are the guidelines and the "how-to" for submitting your stories.   

WHAT qualifies as a Club Story?

Club Stories are highlights of District 5240 Club-specific activities. The following examples illustrate activities that qualify as District 5240 Club Stories (upcoming or after the fact):
  • Community Service Projects
  • International Service Projects
  • New Membership Highlights
  • Club Fundraising Events
  • Member Award Recognitions

HOW do I submit my Club Story?

After you make sure the story qualifies as a "Club Story," you may submit it by emailing ALL of the following items to stories@district5240.org:
  1. A short summary of the activity, minimum 50 words and maximum 250 words. Please submit as a Word doc and proofread prior to sending. If the content is copywrited/re-used from another source, permission must be granted and please reference the source.
  2. Include 2-3 of the best photographs taken from the activity. If there are individuals included in the photo, please include names and Club titles of each Rotarian. (If there is a YouTube video link taken from the event, please include as well).
  3. Include the contact information of the most appropriate Rotarian that others may reach out to regarding the featured story.

WHERE will my Club Story be posted?

The three most recently published Club Stories will be highlighted on the homepage of www.rotarydistrict5240.org, while an archive of previous Club Stories will be included and available to view under the menu tab, District -> Archived District Stories.
Your story may also be selected for the District Newsletter which goes out to our nearly 3300 active members.

WHEN will my Club Story be posted after I submit?

Depending on the amount of Club Stories in the cue, your article could take as short as 24 hours or up to 2 weeks to be published after all necessary information is received.

We hope that you take advantage of this promotional opportunity for your Club!

Questions about Club Stories? Please email stories@district5240.org for assistance.
Questions about the website? Please email website@district5240.org for assistance.
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