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

For 115 years Rotary has lived through every disaster, every catastrophe, every calamity that the world has seen.

In the 1930ties it was the great depression. An unprecedented global economic depression.

Many Rotarians lost their fortune and livelihood and they had to make significant changes to continue to keep Rotary alive .

The Great Depression was one of the darkest periods in the world. Yet we received one of the greatest gifts. 

In 1932 Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor penned the 4 Way Test.

The power of these 24 words have endured through the years as many generations of Rotarians continue use it as the  guiding principles and moral compass in all the things we think, say and do.

And then there was the 2nd world war with its  unprecedented destruction and unimaginable human carnage . 

While  the bombs  were still reigning down, Rotarians met in Great Britain to plan for a peaceful world once the fighting was over.  

There were 21 countries  represented and together they developed the concept of a world body to be used as a forum for the exchange of ideas in culture, education and science . This evolved into  the United Nations Educational , Scientific  and Cultural Organization  (UNESCO).

 1945  at the end of the 2nd World War, Rotary played a pivotal role in the chartering of the United Nations.


Now  we face the Corona Virus, an unknown, unseen enemy that has brought the entire world to its feet. Once again, unprecedented as social distancing has become the order of the day.

This is a huge blow to  Rotary, an organization that thrives on personal interactions and social gatherings.

Yet once again Rotarians are rising  to the challenges as we explore new ways to connect and to be of service. 

Through the years  we took advantage of the unique opportunities that manifested because of these disasters and each time we left the world a better place.

We will do the same  this time around. 

This too shall pass and we will tell stories in years to come how we lived through this historic time and how we left the world a better place.

Project: Volunteer Surge 
It is a free, online training program that teaches you to help professional healthcare workers from your home or in the field. It requires no special skills. 
Once trained you can choose to apply your new skills by providing phone or online support from your home or by assisting healthcare workers in the field.
If this is of interest to you please check out this link for more information. 
Please stay safe
CONTACT: Scott Phillips (scottdg2223@rotary5240.com)
As I speak to our club presidents their greatest concern is how to keep in contact with their members giving the guideline that now limits social gathering to 10 or less.
One of the most effective ways is on-line meetings and Scott Phillips our 22-23 DG has worked out a fantastic deal for our district .
A huge thank you from all of us in District 5240 Scott !
Here is Scott's letter...
Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,

Let me get right to the unfortunate news — the RI Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. We are all part of the Rotary family, and your safety remains our highest priority. Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend this year’s convention, I am very disappointed. However, this is the right and necessary decision to protect the health and safety of convention attendees, as well as those who call Honolulu home.
Dear Fellow Rotarian,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.
Dear Rotary Leaders,
On behalf of District Governor Savi Bhim, this message is being sent to District Executives, Club Executives and Club Directors regarding guidance for Clubs pertaining to the COVID-19 situation.
DG Savi has received a number of messages from Clubs and District Staff asking her if there has been a District position/guideline issued regarding the conducting of regular Rotary Meetings or Club Events during this COVID-19 situation.

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 March the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Blake Goehring, Shafter Rotary Club.

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

Blake Goehring, Shafter Rotary Club

2001 RYLA Participant

2006 became a member of the Rotary Club of Shafter

2010 National Immunization Day participant in India

2010-2011 Club President for Rotary Club of Shafter

2011 Basic PRLS graduate

2011-2017 RYLA Counselor

2013 National Immunization Day team leader in India

2013-2014 Assistant Governor for Group 3 under Jack McClenahan

2016-2017 Assistant Governor for Group 3 under Nick Frankle

2016 Zone 26 Emerging Leader Conference in Santa Barbara

2017-2018 Assistant Governor for Group 3 under John Weiss

2018-2020 RYLA Instructor for Goal Setting Course

Paul Harris Fellow 2+

Rotary’s Polio Eradication is on Thousand Oaks Club’s Radar

A special section on the website http://polioeradication.org  shows how Polio Eradication learnings can impact how we deal with COVID-19. This reminds us all how important it was for Rotary to take on the challenge of Polio Eradication throughout the world. Our District is also making progress in the fight against polio. But the job is not yet finished.

 The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks has made a special effort this year to support eradication progress. There is still an active member in that club, Jere Robings, who was at the 1988 Philadelphia Convention that launched the project. Also, several TO club members have gone to India to get involved in NID projects.

DRFC - Grants Subcommittee

By PDG Frank Ortiz, District Rotary Foundation Chair

The District Rotary Foundation Committee (DRFC) consists of five (5) subcommittees: 

Today, the focus is the Grants Subcommittee.

Grants SubCommittee

This committee generally oversees the process for receiving District and Global Grants for Clubs within District 5240.  

District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in our local communities and communities abroad.  District grants  fund a variety of district and club projects and activities, including:  Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts; Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study; Youth programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact; Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves.  There is plenty of freedom to customize your service projects.

Loads of Fun and Great Food at the Spaghetti Western Fundraiser
Annual Event Raises Funds for Local High School & College Student Scholarships
Join the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club at their annual Spaghetti-Western fundraiser at 5:00PM SATURDAY June 20TH, 2020 (Previously scheduled for 5:00pm Saturday, March 28th, 2020.) 
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
  • Youth Service Projects
  • Vocational Service Projects
  • International Service Projects
  • Club 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.
Events Calendar
April 2020
Upcoming District Events


Spaghetti Western Fundraiser
Magic Show
Bolio for Polio Event
Youth Exchange Scholarship
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