By: Yuan Xie
Hello! My name is Yuan Xie (pronounced like you and me). I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC Santa Barbara, and I am currently president of the campus-based Rotaract club. We started the chapter in September of last year, and it’s been a blast ever since!

Fact 1: Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has sponsored two Rotaract Clubs – one at SBCC and one at UCSB.

Fact 2: UCSB is the last undergraduate UC to have a campus-based Rotaract Club.

UCSB, UCLA, UCSC, UCD, and UC Berkeley Representing at BWR Conference 2018
5 Things You Didn't Know About Rotaract 2018-11-26 08:00:00Z 0
To encourage students to consider how “The 4-Way Test” can be used in everyday decision-making. This is accomplished by expressing their thoughts in an essay that relates a case or story where they applied these principles in their everyday life.
Who is Eligible?
All elementary school (1-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12) students.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for elementary, middle, and high school
     First Place - $300      Second Place - $200      Third Place - $100
Winners will be selected by a District Review Team for the above listed cash awards. The cash awards will be handed out by the sponsoring Club President and the District Governor, or District Representative.
4-Way Test Essay Contest 2018-11-26 08:00:00Z 0
Dana Moldovan was a partner in a high tech company that was acquired by a public company. After completing her contract with the buyer, Dana started a 501©3 nonprofit organization, Children Skills for Life, whose mission is to help children build their future through education, and began working full time on humanitarian projects.
Dana joined Rotary International in 2002 and is an active member of Newbury Park Club, District 5240.  She is Past President and was always involved in the Club in International and Local Community projects; she is the Club Grants expert. Dana served as the Club International, Grants and Foundation Chair, District Chair for the 100th Anniversary District Foundation Gala, District Country Coordinator for Youth Exchange. At the Rotary International Level Dana serves as Inter Country Committee - General Secretary and National Coordinator for USA.  Dana is also part of Rotary International Action Group for Peace.
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84 in attendance for Conference Sat. Oct 6th in Bakersfield 
22 Rotaractors in attendance
R.I. Zone Dir John Matthews
PDG Wade Nomura
PDG Deepa Willingham
R.I. Dir. Steve Solomon
DG Sandi Schwartz
New Generations District Conference Recap 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Why should you give to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund? Your contribution to the Annual Fund is the primary source of support for Rotary Club projects worldwide. “To ensure that the funds for the projects are there when needed,” says Past RI President Ron Burton, “all contributions to the Foundation’s Annual Fund are invested for three years.” When the three years period is up, the investment earnings of your gift go toward the operating expenses of the Foundation. Your principal is split 50/50, with half going to our District Designated Fund and half going into the World Fund, a pool that the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation use to match grants where they are most needed.” 

To better explain how the TRF Global Grant process works, I want to tell you about a project that I am personally involved with that originated on my trip to India last January. Prior to joining the D5240 2018 NID team in Delhi, Kay Bliss, Susan Weaver and I spent five days visiting the Prashanti International School in the city of Puri, India. Puri is in the state of Odisha on the Bay of Bengal. Odisha is one of the poorest states in India - 80% rural, with many families living well below the poverty index, often on less than 50 cents per day. 
Origins of a Global Grant 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Disney Parks and Points of Light are celebrating family volunteerism by rewarding nonprofits and schools in the United States with Disney 1-Day Park Hopper tickets for hosting – or participating in – family volunteering activities.Eligible organizations create and register projects, track family volunteers, and complete projects to receive complimentary park tickets from Disney. Projects can benefit the organization directly, or support another community effort or need. The more volunteers participating in your project, the more tickets you earn – up to 20 tickets! Tickets may be used to reward volunteers, as a contest prize, for a fundraiser, or in other creative ways.


Disney Tickets for Non-Profits and Schools 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
District 5240 is putting together another team of Rotarians to India to participate in a NID (National Immunization Day) on February 3-4, 2019.
The trip will most likely start on January 28th and end around February 9th 2019. Besides the activities on Feb. 3rd, door to door immunization will be conducted over a few days starting on the 4th (we will do door to door immunization only for 1 day). This will entail some long hours and lots of walking (which means you need to be in good shape, physically and mentally).
Here are some guidelines that will influence the selection process:
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The Paso Robles Rotary Club connected with their local Interact club to help clean up the Salinas River Bed this last Saturday.  Rotarians and Interactors in Action, together, helping keep Paso beautiful.
Keeping Paso Robles Beautiful 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

The Council on Resolutions meets online each year. Representatives from all of Rotary’s districts vote on resolutions that clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the General Council or Conference of RIBI have proposed. The RI Board of Directors will consider all resolutions that the Council adopts. Learn more about the Council on Resolutions.

If you are a Council representative, sign in to vote.

View the current resolution proposals: 2018 Council on Resolutions: 15-Oct to 15-Nov

Council on Resolutions 2018 Vote 2018-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
In partnership with the SBCC Foundation, the Rotary Club of Montecito and its supporting foundation is pleased to announce a contribution to provide ten $1,250 scholarships to high performing Santa Barbara City College students. Montecito Rotary Club has long prioritized education as a key area of focus by providing financial support to ensure Santa Barbara’s local youth are able to maximize their potential.

“For more than 25 years, the Rotary Club of Montecito has provided scholarships for students in the Vocational and Career Technical Studies at Santa Barbara City College; the total amount of support provided during this time exceeds $100,000,” said Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation Treasurer John Glanville. “This year the club funded ten scholarships for a total of $12,500. These scholarships cover a range of vocational endeavors including a variety of medical studies, automotive and marine diving technologies, cosmetology, journalism, computer systems, and theatre arts. The club membership believes in the mission of SBCC to educate and provide opportunity to students seeking worthwhile careers in a variety of career technical fields.” 

Rotary Club of Montecito Gives $12,500 in Scholarships to Santa Barbara City College Students 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Chris Brashears of the Rotary Club of Ventura was looking for more to do one day and was thinking about helping people locally as opposed to internationally. He realized that his club sends money overseas when they have plenty of people in their own back yard that could use some help. 
In Chris' Rotary Club he has three eye retired doctors (optometrists) so it occurred to him that if the club could find a space, they could open up a clinic to provide free eye exams and glasses to those in need. Chris is on the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Directors and contacted to Lt. Fabio Simoes at the Salvation Army and asked him to help find a space. The Salvation Army found a space in their Oak Street, Ventura location.

Ventura Club Starts Free Eye Clinic 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Each year the Ventura Rotaract club partners with California based non-profit Corazon to travel to Mexico and build a home for a family in need. With over 50 volunteers, plus additional help from family members and neighbors of the family, the house is constructed on an already finished slab to a turnkey house in a single day!

In the first half of the day, volunteers split up into groups focusing on different tasks. Rotaractors are encouraged to participate in jobs they may not have much experience or no experience in, from hammering walls together to painting large sheets of siding. Lunch is provided by the family, friends and neighbors and is always a welcome break from the hard work.

Making a Difference: One Family, One House at a Time 2018-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
The Paso Robles Rotary is pleased to share that they inducted three (3) new members to their club on August 23rd:
  1. James Mehalick, a former member of our club from 2002 – 2004 and a former president of the Point Loma Rotary Club
  2. Lloyd Smith, a retired business manager from Silicon Valley, and former owner of a wine shop in Monterrey
  3. Ashley Wilken, a financial/wealth management planner with Rice Partnership
They have two other potential members that are moving through the process as well and happy to see this movement, especially during membership month.
Congrats Paso Robles!
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The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks does something special for local inmates at Todd Road Jail that have children at home. For the last 5 years, members of the Thousand Oaks club select children books and take them to the facility. Once there, specially selected inmates are then allowed to record the story with their voice on CD and send it back home to their children. The role of the Rotarian is help guide them along with their book, should they need it, and remind them of the mentor in which they should be for their child.
Thousand Oaks Rotary Storybook Project 2018-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Shoes for Little Souls, is a community service project, put on by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset in partnership with The Samaritan Center of Simi Valley and Kohl's Department Store in Simi Valley.  The goal is to help homeless (or at risk) families get back-to-school clothes for their children; this project builds incredible confidence in these kids. Imagine when they show up on their first day of school. The community also comes together to support parents in difficult times. On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, we had our 16th annual shopping spree. One of the best organized in years!
Shoes for Little Souls (Simi Sunset) 2018-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School in San Luis Obispo recently had their official opening. District Governor, Sandi Schwartz was there to participate in the ribbon cutting event! The school provides hands-on learning opportunities for students to study science and ecology in a natural setting. The school has been providing outdoor education to students for over 40 years and more than 250,000 school children have participated in the school’s residential, summer, and day programs.
Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School Ribbon Cutting 2018-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
The Guatemalan Chapter of Carpenteria Morning runs a video conference every Friday Morning as their regular Rotary Meeting. By using computers and video chat, they are able to communicate with several clubs in the area. Common tasks such as ringing the bell, invocation, introducing guests, and guest speakers are all capable while utilizing this technology. Read more to see that notes on one particular meeting, the hope to be the INSPIRATION to all Rotarians.
Guatemalan Chapter of Carpenteria Morning 2018-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
On February 26, 2018, members of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo had a great time volunteering atHawthorne ElementarySchool in San Luis Obispo for Read Across America. Members read stories to classes of students and donated over 400 books to the school, many of which focused on diversity and cultural education. The students made wonderful thank you cards for the readers. It was an immensely rewarding experience and the club is committed to continuing and expanding this effort in future years.
San Luis Obispo Hawthorne School Reading Project 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
School’s out for the summer! San Luis Obispo Rotarians presented 14 well deserving local High School Graduates with scholarships to support their future academic endeavors. In total, $36,000 was awarded to local students. The goal of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo scholarship program is to help scholarship recipients focus less on financial challenges and more on advancing their learning.
San Luis Obispo School Scholarships 2018-06-20 07:00:00Z 0
Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue K9 MacGyver and his handler Rick Stein were honored with a Pup Harris Fellow (a.k.a. Paul Harris Fellow) recognition, Rotary’s highest honor.
MacGyver and Stein work side by side to find lost people. MacGyver, a 5-year old Australian Shepherd, is specifically trained off-lead to find live, and if necessary, deceased human scent. Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue dogs are owned and trained by their handlers, who are volunteers and not paid for their work. They are on call 24/7 and can be deployed 365 days a year.
K9 Rescue Team Honored for Debris Flow Efforts 2018-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

This month’s theme: Rotary Fellowship

June is designated as Rotary Fellowship Month. Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotary partners, and Rotaractors who share a common recreational interest or vocation. This month is recognition of the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world and enhance the experience of Rotary that belonging to a Rotary Fellowship enables.

Wow! May was a great and crazy month!

Foundation Fiesta

On May 4th, Rotarians came together with our Director John Mathews and Mary Ellen and hundreds of Rotarians and Rotaractors in Santa Maria. Among the festivities was the honoring of the Rotary Foundation, Major Donors, and PHFs. On hand were Jim Lewis' Iron Lung and a keynote speaker Craig Needleman who spoke from the heart about his mother Jane who raised three children from an Iron Lung. After Craig moved everyone to tears, we presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his mother. Tears of love for everyone!

Making a difference, three girls from PACE were on hand to share in excellent English their gratitude for Rotary and Deepa’s school in Piyali India. (Two of the girls actually live in a Safe House) What Inspiration, Rotarians and the Rotary Foundation Making a Difference!

Service Above Self

At the Rotary Fiesta Dinner, Past District Governor Deepa Willingham was presented a special Rotary Award: Service Above Self (an honor only 150 a year are presented).  So deserving Deepa, we LOVE you! 

First club Celebrates 100 years!

The first Rotary Club of our district Celebrated 100 years of service – Congratulations Rotary Club of Santa Barbara! 1918 was a much different time. Santa Barbara had a population of 19,000.  You can read about this venerable club's history here.  Today our district is better off with the many clubs they chartered including Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, and many others.  

PHF and 4 new members evening!

Westlake Sunrise celebrated several Paul Harris Fellowship awards and the induction of four new members. What a blast! The PHF program was established in 1957 with 25,000 PHFs by 1978.  By 2006 the Rotary Foundation had 1,000,000 members. More importantly, the Rotary Foundation has allowed Rotary to fund its fight to eradicate Polio, Ambassadorial Scholars, Peace, Rotary Exchange, and thousands of grants. You can read the history of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition here.

21 PHFs Making a Difference to the Rotary Foundation

San Luis Obispo Daybreak also had a Paul Harris Fellowship morning where 21 PHFs were presented. PDG Wade Nomura was on hand to officiate.

Tree plantings

Rotary Clubs throughout our district organized and funded tree plantings. On May 12th Rotarians from our district and Los Angeles (D5280) planted over 40 trees! Past District Governor Wade Nomura Helped organize this planting. Take a breath --- trees Making a Difference.

4-Way Test Essay Winners

Rotary Clubs organize and fund local 4-Way Test Essay winners at Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools in our district (which includes Kern, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties). Students, faculty, and Rotarians work together to articulate the values of the 4-Way Test.

Left to Right:  RC Ventura South Speech Winner; RC Pismo Beach-Five Cities Scholar; RC San Luis Obispo-Daybreak Scholars

Honoring 30 Years of Women in Rotary

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks invited Sylvia Whitlock shared, with her usual humor, her story of being the first woman in Rotary and the first woman elected Club President. Wow! One of the BEST decisions Rotary has made. Celebrate Women in Rotary!

Memorial Day Celebrations

Throughout our district, Rotary Clubs organize Memorial Day events from Moorpark to Cayucos to Bakersfield. In Bakersfield at the river Park 1,037 full size American Flags were carefully placed and enjoyed by hundreds, if not thousands of community members. What a great Celebration organized by the Bakersfield Breakfast RC. Good job Denise and club members and the City of Bakersfield. They even had their own Rosie the Riveter on hand!

Emerging Leaders Summit

On Saturday 2nd  after two years of planning, Rotarians and Rotaractors are coming together to discuss how to respect, attract, and retain Millennials. This event is thanks to our tireless committee Kat Clowes, David St Amand, David Velarde and others. Also thanks to Santa Barbara City College which donated their facility for this special event of learning. More on this topic soon!

Clockwise from top left: Bakersfield Interactors and Rotaractors; Bakersfield Rotarians with Interactors; celebrating 28K meals delivered! And Bakersfield Interactors and Rotaractors filling backpacks for children in the Philippines. 

Santa Barbara Sunrise Dolphin Dive Fundraiser

Santa Barbara Sunrise is conducting their primary fundraiser this month.  Dennis Johns asked me to relay this message:  "Of course you know although Santa Barbara is considered a wealthy town, it's pretty hard for the Rotary clubs to come up with a successful fundraiser when in competition with so many other non-profits in town.  We've got kind of a unique idea this time in that we're reaching out to all the non-profits we've worked with in the past and trying to enlist their help by granting some of the funds raised directly back to them.  This of course includes any District 5240 clubs that want to participate and receive 25% of their donation back to their club.”

Please find the brochure attached and a link to the Dolphin Dive Adoption Form below.

Nearly to the finish line for this Rotary Year

Christine and I have had a great journey this year and are looking to the finish line as we finish strong! We have completed 72 Rotary Club visits and 84 total Club visits including Rotaract and Interact. We have chartered an Interact Club and two Rotaract Clubs. We had a successful Interact District Conference for which we thank Greg Gillett, Li Gibbs, Joe Joyce, and David Saint-Amand (and many others).

On Saturday June 16th, you are invited to Celebrate your club and our amazing Rotarians in our district at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott (Buellton) for lunch. Sign up today!

What an HONOR to serve as your District Governor with my wife Christine! Thank you all for your love, cards, and expressions of support! Our gratitude forever!



The District Governor's Message - June 2018  2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Dolphin Dive Fundraiser Dennis Johns 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Camarillo raised $10,000 for Thomas Fire Relief. Half was donated when they "passed the hat" at a meeting in January and those funds were matched by their Foundation. The check was given to the Downtown Ventura organization, the umbrella group that monitors funds directed to the Ventura Education Partnership for Thomas Fire victims.

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KernYES! Youth Empowerment Summit, a Rotary Clubs of Kern County collaborative was nominated and last week honored as a finalist for the KHSD PEAAK Award! What a GREAT program.  They didn’t win, but they felt like they did. It's a huge honor to be nominated and then chosen as finalist for Best Community Event their inaugural year! Being recognized is validating and what’s important, is the positive impact they are creating with their youth in their community! 
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Simi Valley High School Interact Club members dedicated themselves this year to bringing peace to their campus. They unveiled a Peace Pole in the quad. A Peace Pole is a monument that says “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in several languages. This story is covered in detail in the Ventura County Star.

Interactors Unveil Peace Pole 2018-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
After being approached by Greg Ellis of the local non-profit "One Cool Earth," the Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise decided it was time to donate some "Sweat Equity" back to our community. The focus of our first project was to be the rejuvenation of the student gardens at Georgia Brown Elementary School. After conducting a job walk with Greg, we signed up our volunteers and equipment needed and went to work.
Georgia Brown Garden Project 2018-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ventura-South held their First Annual Speech-Off contest finals on May 17, 2018 in the Tower Club in The Topa Financial Center, Oxnard, CA. Students from three high schools in the Ventura Unified School District participated in a series of qualifying speech events culminating with the winners going head to head in the finals on the evening of May 17, 2018.
First Annual Speech-Off Contest 2018-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary clubs of Carpinteria planted 94 trees in the flood damaged Carpinteria Creek.

The project was funded by the Rotary clubs of Greater Los Angeles District 5280 and District Governor Cozette Vergari, who helped purchase the Sycamores, Toyons and Coast Live Oaks that were planted by the Rotary Clubs of Carpinteria, Carpinteria Morning and Carpinteria Sunset. Rotary club members from Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, El Segundo, San Bernardino, and Seattle were also on hand to help with the planting. Volunteers from the City of Carpinteria staff, Boy Scout Troop 50 members, Love Peace Harmony Foundation, Tree Musketeers Foundation, Dominos Pizza and Gran Vida also came out to help.

Rotary Helps Restore Carpinteria Creek 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Established 2006 as a RI Centennial Celebration Project
Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) Members and volunteers planted 100 trees to establish a natural setting that could be used as a commemorative park by Bakersfield and Kern County Citizens as a place to honor the memory of a special person or pay tribute to a special occasion.
    San Miguel Commemorative Grove 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset partners with the Samaritan Center of Simi Valley and Kohl’s Department Stores to ensure that the children of families in need start their school year with confidence and enthusiasm.

    Prior to the start of the school year, Rotarians meet with the Director of the Samaritan Center who identifies families with school age children in need of back-to-school shoes and clothes.
    Shoes For Little Souls 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo has enjoyed a long-standing, 20+ year, relationship with the Rotary Club of Compostela, Mexico and we have partnered on many projects in the Compostela community. During a recent project needs assessment with the Rotary Club of Compostela, we learned that the Compostela residents had a strong desire to learn English, but available language teaching resources were very slim.
    Compostela English Teaching Project 2018-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

    Youth Service shapes the future of Rotary with Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotaract finally culminating in Rotary membership. There are 516,764 Interactors in 22,468 clubs worldwide; 76 of these are in our district. Rotarators number 249,895 in 10,856 clubs worldwide; and we have 9 active clubs in our district.

    This is the month we CELEBRATE our youth. When you consider Rotary, it is first about Friendship and Service, then PEACE, and support for our YOUTH!  Of the sitting Club Presidents in our district, 75 percent say their first passion is Youth Service. And it shows in some respects.

    The just concluded RYLA had 260 attendees supported by 50 volunteer staff. Every life involved was changed for the better. I HOPE that each club invites their students to their club as a program. It inspires the club members, staff, and more importantly, the students and the schools they attend. The difference is that obvious. 

    On Sunday I was given the opportunity to address the Closing Ceremony audience about Personal Responsibility. I learned from Darin (RYLA Chair) as he addressed the audience the importance of being thankful and to let others know that you "love" them. It was an uplifting day and camp experience. The feedback was inspiringly positive! 

    Last month we reported on the Interact District Conference of February 24th which changed lives, mine in particular AND each student and staff person in attendance. 

    A part of every RYLA and District Conference is our great Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program which amplifies the power of that special program. Each year about 9,000 exchanges take place. This year, our program needs students to travel abroad. If you know a RYE candidate, please reach out to Ronda Werner e-mail: tshirts@roadrunner.com or Mary Paseda  e-mail:  mpaseta@pegasustransit.com for more information or an application.

    In addition to the areas mentioned above, there are several other ways we CELEBRATE our youth in various projects locally and internationally. This month we announce the winners of the 4-Way Essay Test winners. Hopefully your club is participating in this program to bring our Rotary 4-Way Test to our schools. My hope is to personally visit every club with a winner and personally present their district check. Please coordinate with my calendar scheduler COO (and DGD) Deb Linden: deljwt@comcast.net.

    Rotaract Club Visits to Cal Lutheran and Conejo Valley

    Rotaract is the bridge to Rotary and the greatest link in the Rotary career path. This year Rotaract is celebrating 50 years of service. In our district two new Roataract Clubs chartered: Santa Maria and at Cal Lutheran. UCSB Rotaract was also reactivated!

    In April I visited two Rotaract Clubs - Cal Lutheran and Conejo Valley. Both clubs are active and well connected to local Rotary projects and projects of their own. Find the Rotaract Club nearest you and get involved --- you’ll be glad you did!

    Emerging Leader Symposium Saturday June 2nd 

    Connecting Millennials – Emerging Leaders (Young Professionals) is our planned Symposium on June 2nd. Details have been sent to club leadership and more details will be forthcoming. Registration is open with the goal of having one Club Leader and one member under 45 years of age attend from each of our clubs.

    Sister Districts D3721 and D3722 (South Korea) and D4140 (Mexico)

    Each year our sister districts honor each other and CELEBRATE our mutual friendships and hospitality by hosting each other at our respective district conferences. This year, the district conferences overlapped. Due to my cancer treatments, it was recommended to send Past District Governors as my representatives. For South Korea, PDG Jack and Jane McClenahan not only delivered my message, but Jack did so in Korean! In Mexico, PDG Nick Frankle traveled and delivered a message of friendship and support to our friends there. District Governor Elect Sandi Schwartz traveled to South Korea and District Governor Nominee Savi Bhim traveled to Mexico. Others from District Staff included Scott Phillips and PDG Wade Nomura. My special thanks to all for extending your hands of friendship to our sister districts and Rotary hosts. Their hospitality is always amazing and the experience inspiring – wish I could have been there this year as I was last year!


    Foundation Gala - May 4th

    Hopefully, by now you are registered for our annual RI Foundation Gala called Foundation Fiesta. We currently have 175 registered and room for many more. Please register today (May 2nd)!

    May District Governor events include:

    May 3rd  - Westlake Sunrise Charter night

    May 4th – The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara CELEBRATES 100 years at lunch!

    May 4th – Foundation Fiesta – Santa Maria Radisson

    May 12th – Tree planting in areas most affected by the Thomas Fire or Montecito Mudslides. Wade Nomura is coordinating tree planting at three locations: Ojai, Carpenteria creekbed, and Montecito. Events in all locations are from 8 AM to Noon and Wade would like interested Rotarians to email him at wadedg1112@verizon.net. Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of gloves and a shovel if possible.

    May 28th – Memorial Day 1,000 Flags (Bakersfield Breakfast)

    Ten great months so far, two to go and Christine and I are having a great time visiting your clubs, meeting your members, and participating in your projects and events. All of you INSPIRE us!

    All our best,

    District Governor John Weiss and Christine

    The District Governor's Message - May 2018 - Youth Service  2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
    We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 4-Way Test Essay Contest.  
    High School

         First Place: Taylor Kaiser
         Nipomo High School
         Second Place: Berean Kopcho
         Coastal Christian
         Third Place: Akemi Karamisos
         Righetti High School
    Middle School

         First Place: Leo Loyola
         Mesa Middle School
         Second Place: Valerie Merson
         Cayucos Middle School
         Third Place: Mikayla Provence
         Branch Middle School
    Elementary School
         First Place: Kirra Provence
         Branch Elementary
         Second Place: Paige Siler
         Boys and Girls Club of Moorpark
         Third Place: Stuart Colletti
         Del Mar Elementary
    4 Way Test Essay Contest Winners 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Our Rotary International President, Ian Riseley has made promoting peace a priority this year. As you may know, he is convening a series of six global presidential peace conferences and a culminating event in Toronto, the Rotary Peacebuilding Summit. There is a preconvention event on Friday and Saturday, 22-23 June 2018, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, the same location as our 2018 convention.
    Peacebuilding Summit 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
    All children enrolled in the Moorpark Unified School District's Preschool Program were visited by the Moorpark Rotary club in March and each child was given a book to take home.  Over 235 books were ordered and distributed in an effort to promote early literacy and future success in school. Rotarians Janice Parvin, Teri Williams, Sonia Burbach, Linda Plaks, Bruce Thomas, Scott Mosher, and other club members spoke about the importance of learning to read while they handed out the books to the youngsters. Books were purchased with revenue from club fundraisers and from a District grant.
    A Book in Every Child's Hand 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
    Global Grant GG 1746339, for $121,000, was set up to assist the Conejo free clinic to expand their services to include dental care to the needy families that live in Ventura County. The clinic has been serving Ventura County since 1976, with Dr. Frank Dawson, as Medical Director. Our grant supplied most of the equipment and supplies needed to open the clinic. The Thousand Oaks and Tijuana Rotary Clubs partnered to write and support the grant. The Rotary Clubs that were instrumental in raising funds were: Westlake Village, Moorpark Noon, Newbury Park, Simi Noon, Bakersfield Twilight, and Coronado Bilingual Rotary Clubs. Also, DDF Funds were contributed from Districts 5240, 4100, 4140, and 3291. The grant was authorized by Rotary International during the first week of July, 2017. By mid-August 2017, the funds were sent to the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club’s bank account. The funds were transferred to the Conejo Free Clinic and the equipment was purchased and installed by Henry Schein Dental Company by the first week of September, 2017. Matt Lallo, a member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club, and his son Michael Lallo, were present during the week it took to install the equipment. All the equipment was checked in off the list by Rotarian Matt Lallo, Conejo Free Clinic Executive Director, Teresa Seeley, and Conejo Free Clinic Development Director, Susan Murphy, as it was being installed. During the installation the City of Thousand Oaks required a water supply backflow valve to be installed in the clinic. Frank Corrigan, a past Thousand Oaks Rotary President and owner of Accurate Backflow, assisted in this matter.
    Global Grant for the Conejo Free Dental Clinic 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
    In celebration of Earth Day, Rotaract Club of Bakersfield,  Interact Club of Centennial High School(Twilight Rotary Club of Bakersfield) and Interact Club of Golden Valley High School(Bakersfield Breakfast RC) teamed up for Keep Bakersfield Beautiful’s Great American Clean-Up on Saturday, April 21st. 
    Youth at Great America Clean Up 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club Ventura South held its’ April 17, 2018 Fireside event at the home of Club members John and Kendall Mattina. Club members and Board Members welcomed new club members, Katie Reich, Peter Barry, Carol Chapman and Peter Mac Clintock with time socializing followed by a catered dinner provided by Club President Bob Davis.
    Ventura South Fireside Chat 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
    On March 24, 2018, the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club, along with the Five Cities Eco Rotary Club and the Rotary Interact Club from Nipomo High School, worked with members of the Tree Guild and City staff to plant 20 trees at Rancho Grande Park. Through the Recreation Services Department’s Adopt-a- Park program, the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club purchased the native species trees and necessary supplies for the project that was completed with assistance from the other groups. This project was a huge success and also assisted in reaching the Rotary International’s goal of planting 1.2 million trees worldwide by April 22, 2018.
    The City of Arroyo Grande is grateful for community groups and members that take an active role in the beautification of our community and enhance the condition and quality of our parks and open spaces. 
    For more information on how to participate in the Adopt-a- Park Program, please contact Karen Beaudin, Volunteer and Program Coordinator at 473-5473, email at kbeaudin@arroyogrande.org, or visit online at http://arroyogrande.org/606/Volunteer-Program.
    Tree Planting at Rancho Grande Park 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
    Tori Wilson has been involved in Rotary and Interact for 13 years now (she’s 17), and The Acorn and LeadYoung published two stories on her involvement this year. (See links below)
    Accomplishments of an Interacter 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
    For the past 5 years, the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara has been sending a team of 6 to 16 people each year, to the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala to volunteer with NGO, Mayan Families (www.mayanfamilies.org). This year’s team just returned from a very successful trip to help the indigenous Mayan population. 
    Volunteering in Guatemala 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
    St. Joseph’s Hospital is in Northern Tanzania and close to Lake Victoria and the Serengeti Preserve. The hospital runs out of water in the dry season and therefore needs to close for over four months each year. The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo joined the Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe to complete a water storage project to keep the hospital open year around.
    Tanzania Water Project 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Monthly Theme for April: Maternal and Child Health

    As I travel the district, and I have now visited all 72 Rotary Clubs in our district, I’m impressed by each club’s dedication to our youth. We have been working to eradicate Polio for about 30 years on a stage when 350,000 children a year in 1988 were being crippled or dying from Polio. Now it is but a handful. And yet our work is not yet done. So please continue to contribute funds to the Polio Plus.  Consider this look back at our work to date: Historic Moments: PolioPlus turns 30.

    We all greatly value our children, and for some, our grandchildren. It makes us proud as we relish the next generation. We work to make our place better primarily for the children of tomorrow. Maternal and Child Health is one of six areas of focus. 

    Rotary's members improve access to essential medical services for mothers and their children. These efforts are aimed at reducing the number of children under age five who die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation – a figure that is currently estimated at 7 million.

    According to another estimate, more than 80 percent of maternal deaths can be prevented with access to reproductive health services and trained health care workers. Our members provide education, immunizations, birthing kits, and mobile health clinics to support these causes. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.

    Here are some helpful Links:

    Join Rotary and help save mothers and children.
    Give now to support maternal and child health.

    Website link:  https://mytrn.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/maternal-and-child-health

    I encourage your club to invite organizations that support Maternal and Child Health to present programs at your meetings.


    Each year every district provides training for young people on the topics of leadership, diversity, public speaking, team building, and more. Our district has such a program and it takes place this month. Two hundred and forty or so high school students will experience the inspiring and transforming RYLA weekend from Thursday April 19th to Sunday the 22nd in Ojai.  Each student is sponsored by a Rotary Club at an approximate cost of $400.  If you have not attended a RYLA closing ceremony, you should. It will change your life as you witness the transformation of these students into amazing leaders of whom we can all be proud! Check it out at: ryla5240.org

    Emerging Leader Summit

    A new event has been in the work for almost 3 years will take place on Saturday June 2nd at Santa Barbara City College. It is an exciting program that promises to share ideas on attracting and retaining emerging leaders (Young Professionals). This program will ask each Rotary and Rotaract Club to send two club members, either the Club President Elect or Club President Nominee and a member 45 or younger. Details and a flyer will be forth coming shortly.

    Awards and District Governor Transitions

    An annual event will take place on Saturday June 16th for lunch at the Marriott in Buellton (a.k.a. Santa Ynez Valley). It promises to celebrate the rich traditions of our amazing clubs. I ask that each club collect its accomplishments supporting our communities and submit them to the link that has been already been sent. 

    I want to personally thank all 3,327 members fo your steadfast work as Rotarians, and in my case support for me as your humbled District Governor. I love and respect each one of you! Please come and join us on that special day.

    Foundation Fiesta (Gala)

    Each year, we celebrate our Rotary Foundation. This year we have scheduled this event on Friday May 4th. It will feature a Mexican buffet, music, and a Polio story of inspiration worthy of the price of admission, travel, and your time. We will honor Major Donors and those that have contributed to the Rotary Foundation, a foundation through which we do good in our own communities and the world. There will be a special award you surely won't want to miss, but you’ll just have to attend to witness it!  Following is a flyer on this special event.  You can register here: Foundation Fiesta Gala.  Please come.

    Rotaract Club of California Lutheran University

    This past month the Rotary Clubs of Westlake Village were on hand as supporters and sponsors of the Rotaract Club of California Lutheran University. On hand were Club President Michael McGlashen and Lee Ginsburg, and Past District Governor Nick Frankle and many others. It was the second of two new Rotaract Clubs; these are exciting times. I ask you to visit your local Rotaract Clubs and invite them to attend your club. Joint projects and participation are vital to our success and organizational future. Rotaract clubs do in themselves plan and organize great projects of which we can all be proud.

    10,000 Wheel Chairs

    The small but mighty Rotary Club of Conejo Valley has given out 10,000 wheel chairs and making a difference. It is but one of the many, many great projects our clubs make happen! As your District Governor, Rotarian, and citizen, I’m proud of you and proud to say I am a Rotarian. That can also be said of the clubs I visited in March - Oxnard Sunrise, Bakersfield, and the other 69 Rotary Clubs earlier this Rotary Year.

    Local Chamber of Commerce Mixers

    I recently visited the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and found several attendees interested in Rotary. They had heard of Rotary, but admitted they knew little about our great organization. Four of those are interested in community service an expressed interest in visiting a local Rotary Club. Last Tuesday one of the four visited the San Luis Obispo Daybreak Club. It happened to be the day they hand out grants to local non-profits. Each non-profit had a representative speak for a few minutes about their community connections. 

    Community Giving San Luis Obispo Daybreak

    Congratulations to the recipients of SLO Daybreak Rotary's 2017-18 Community Grant Awards, including First Tee of the Central Coast, Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center, French Hospital/Hearst Cancer Resource Center, HomeShare of SLO, Literacy for Life, YMCA, Restorative Partners, Pregnancy & Parenting Support of SLO, New Life K-9's and SLO Noor Foundation. We are pleased and proud to help further your important work in our community! These types of community contributions and grants are what make Rotary so special!

    District 5240 Donation for Hurricane Harvey Relief

    I recently received the following report from Houston Rotarian Richard Willingham on the donation our district made to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort:

    "The monies provided by District 5240 are being distributed to two families to rebuild.  The 501c3 overseeing the process is Avenue Community Development Corp.  As best I can tell this is a very well run agency working closely with local city, governmental, and other charitable organizations to see that monies are properly distributed and utilized.  
    District 5240’s moneys are going to two families in equal amounts for basic reconstruction.  The young woman in blue is living in  a family home that has been handed down for two generations and now, in the words of the Avenue CDC construction supervisor “it was mucked out and gutted immediately after Harvey and is now essentially nothing more than 2x4’s.  She would not have been able to go back to this home if it were not for this money.”.  With Avenue CDC’s help in contracting and supervision he says it will again become a livable home.  The young lady has two sub-teen twin boys and when she met us burst out crying.  The other family is just as deserving.
    I must congratulate University Area Rotary Club President Cindy and the other club members in getting the money to this organization.  I think they hit 5240’s objective in donating right on target.
    You will be receiving a more detailed discussion, additional information and pictures from the club as well as information on a follow-up after construction is complete.

    Ventura Children's Shopping Spree

    Christine and I were invited by Club President Ellyn Dembowski to participate in the Ventura club's annual children's shopping spree which was rescheduled due to the December fires last year.  This event was organized by Rob Van Nieuwburg who has been organizing it for 29 years!  (I've participated in a similar event in San Luis Obispo hosted by San Luis Obispo DeTolosa and the San Luis Obispo Rotaract.)  There were 69 children who were immersed in love and care by Rotarians and Interactors from a local High School. It was held at JC Penny with excellent discounts being offered along with cookies and balloons. We had lunch at the school district campus making for a full morning.  

    I welcome invitations to your club projects and events. Just send me an e-mail at johnweissdg1718@gmail.com.  Thanks!

    Health Check-up

    If your mom says get a physical, I suggest you listen. Listen to your body, family, and doctors. My original treatment, as you may remember, was two major surgeries plus many other medical calls and visits. My current treatment includes daily chemo tablets plus regular testing and doctor visits. By the way I’m up from 147 lbs to 195 lbs. While I itch and am fatigued at times, each of you is my inspiration. All said, I’m doing well and grateful for so much Rotary family love! Celebrate Rotary, friends, service, and health!

    All our best,

    Christine and DG John Weiss

    Rotary Club of Morro Bay

    The District Governor's Message - April 2018 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    RC Morro Bay Sunset Seeks Project Funding 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Meals on Wheels is an organization that helps deliver hot and cold food to people in need. One of our very own clubs (Rotary Club of Westlake Village) has been supporting Meals on Wheels for over 15 years and the local newspaper took notice. The article entails an account of just one members routine for their recent service. Please see the link to the article below:
    And congrats to the Rotary Club of Westlake Village for outstanding service!
    Westlake Village Rotary Club Project in Local Newspaper 2018-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
    Please join the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset and support Johnna’s Annual High Tea Party

    Sunday, May 6th, 2018 1PM – 4PM at the Strathearn Historical Park, Simi Valley

    This is Simi Valley’s premier Tea Party with scones, traditional tea foods, Mimosas, desserts, entertainment and more. This annual event raises money to support local cancer patients and their families and the Marcelle Erian Cancer Foundation. It all takes place with elegantly decorated tables beautifully arranged in the antique barn at the Strathearn Historical Park! If you missed it last year, sign up early so you don’t miss out! Seating is limited to 190 Guests. Sponsorship Opportunities available! New this year... London Vacation Raffle!!!
    For more info, visit: www.JohnnasTeaParty.com
    Johnna's Annual High Tea Party 2018-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of Ventura-East and The Rotary Club of Ventura South, as well as Ventura Rotaract and our friends and families were very adventurous on Saturday, March 10. We planted trees for The Ventura Land Trust after they lost nearly a thousand trees in the Thomas Fire around the Big Rock area and the Ventura River.
    Trees for the Ventura Land Trust 2018-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
    The Ultra-Poverty Summit 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Weaver
    The 2018 Peace Fellowship application is online at the rotary.org website. If you know of an interested and qualified candidate, have them meet with your club president and contact the District Foundation Peace Chair, Mike Weaver (amweaver@pacbell.net). All candidates must receive an endorsement from the District before their application can be submitted to The Rotary Foundation. Applications must be submitted online by 31 May.
    Each candidate will be interviewed by a district panel and the district must complete the online endorsement decision form and submit it to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. The Rotary Peace Centers selection committee will review qualified applications, select fellowship finalists and alternates, and notify all candidates and their districts of the selection results in November. See this link for more information:  7-steps for submitting an outstanding peace fellowship application   

    2018 Peace Fellowship Application Now Online Mike Weaver 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0

    March is Water and Sanitation Month on the Rotary calendar.

    How often do you think about the clean water that comes out of the tap of almost every room in your home?  In our district, we are fortunate to have refreshing clean water to drink, cook, and cleanse. Such is not the case in much of the world.   

    The UN has designated March 22nd as the day to bring attention to the importance of clean water, sanitation and hygiene. The UN theme this year is "The Answer is in Nature", encouraging nature-based solutions to the current water challenges. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 is that by 2030 everyone has access to safe water. This target includes protecting natural environments and reducing pollution. For project ideas go to http://www.worldwaterday.org/ and CELEBRATE a safe clean glass of water!

    Club Visits

    Only two Rotary club visits to go: Oxnard Sunrise (March 1st) and Conejo Valley (March 13th) and three Rotaract club visits (Conejo Valley – TBD, Cal Lutheran – March 20th, and Bakersfield – TBD). In all 74 club visits done and 5 to go!

    You are all amazing! And so are your clubs! Amazing, dedicated, and kind members of our communities! Christine and I continue to be impressed by your hospitality when we visit and the club projects you share.  Recent club visits remind us that our district has faced disasters and that our members are resilient. CELEBRATE friends in Rotary and Service projects united in doing good in our communities!

    My club visit to RC Goleta Evening was inspiring as it is the only club in our district to have 6 years of positive net membership growth.  And no wonder, the club while fun, works hard to invite community members to its projects. Just ask Stacy Alvarez  (and they inducted a new member --- of course)!  CELEBRATE Community Service with more club members!

    Clockwise from top right: with RC Ojai West President Mike Caldwell at Centennial Park, RC Ojai West new member ceremony, Proud mom DGE Sandi Schwartz presenting PHF at RC Bakersfield East, Camarillo-Oxnard social, Charter Night at RC Bakersfield Breakfast, RC Goleta new PHS member, and RC Goleta new member

    Rotaract News!

    On March 1st, a Rotaract Club will charter at Cal Lutheran University with local Rotary support including the Westlake Village Clubs. This will mark the second Rotaract Club chartered this year (the other is Santa Maria Valley). With 7 active Rotaract Clubs (Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Conejo Valley), I am grateful for their community work Making a Difference! Several Rotaract Club Presidents made it to PETS (President Elect Training Seminars).

    March marks 50 years of Rotaract Clubs with a total of 10,859 Rotaract Clubs and 249,757 Rotaractors are Making a Difference. Check out the informative articles on Rotaractors, their stellar members, amazing projects, and the opportunity to partner projects and develop Rotarians! It is a great read.  CELEBRATE Rotaract and the good it continues to do for 50 years!


    Youth Service in February

    This past month of February, there were two very successful Youth Service events: KERN YES! And an Interact District Conference (IDC). Much thanks goes to the Event Organizers and the 75 attendees (Interactors, parents, Rotaractors, and Rotarians) of the IDC which featured ten teams of Interactors learning to plan a project and also a presentation by Opal Singleton who educated attendees on the challenges and dangers of Human Trafficking.  CELEBRATE our youth!

    Tree Planting

    Tree planting events are being planned in keeping with our effort this year for each club to plant a tree for each member. Some clubs have already done so and some are in the planning stage. In that regard, PDG (Past District Governor) Wade Nomura is reaching out to club leaders to provide assistance for plant selection, planting information, and whole sale discounts. Additional information will be forthcoming shortly.  CELEBRATE fresh air and oxygen from planting a tree!

    Upcoming District Events

    March 10th District Training for Club Board members in Oxnard

    March 10th Ventura Tree Planting

    March 24th District Training for Club Board members in Bakersfield

    April 19th-22nd RYLA Youth Leadership Camp

    May 4th Foundation Fiesta – Santa Maria – Amazing Polio story and Iron Lung.

    June 2nd Emerging Leaders Symposium - Santa Barbara City College, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - This is a NEW DATE for this event intended for PEs and PENs.

    June 16th Club Awards Luncheon and District Governor transition – Santa Ynez Marriott (Buellton)

    Check your emails and the District Website for additional information on these and many other activities

    District Governor John Weiss and Christine    
    The District Governor's Message - March 2018 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Posted by B.J. Anderson

    Chas Wilson, RC of Simi Sunrise, recently traveled to Colombia along with a group of Rotarians from District 5240.  The purpose of the trip was threefold:  

    1. Attend a Rotary Project Fair in Armenia, Colombia. The fair was attended by Rotarians from Colombia, Canada, and the U.S.
    2. Check out progress of an ongoing $91k peace literacy grant in Bogota and meet with the local cooperating partners and the host partner, the RC of Bogota Centenario
    3. Carry out three service projects in Medellin

    The project fair featured 64 project proposals from Districts 4271 and 4281 and addressed each of Rotary's six Areas of Focus.  These proposals will be assessed over the coming months.

    The peace literacy grant partners are: MENCOLDES (a Colombian Mennonite community) and Mediators Beyond Borders (based in Montreal, Canada). The MBB team will train and assist the local partners to hold a series of 15 workshops for women to promote human rights and provide conflict resolution tools. These women have been displaced by armed conflict and experienced nothing but war for most of their lifetime.  They will learn how to live in a conflict-free environment.  Another series of 15 workshops will target youngsters with the same goals in mind.

    The group was led by Conejo Valley Rotarian Diego Velasquez and included Rotarians Elisa Ballestas (RC Conejo Valley), Cindy Belmonte, Joe Grossman and Marin Kakacher (RC of Simi Sunset) and Frank Tripicchio.

    The service projects in Medellin, organized and supported financially by the Rotary Club of Newbury Park included:

    1. A visit to a Catholic senior citizen group home to donate money for food.
    2. A visit to an orphanage that housed 80+ kids ages three to eighteen to donate much needed money.
    3. A project at a large school where the Rotarians provided wooden toys to the kindergarten kids and backpacks for the older kids.

    The Rotarian hosts were gracious.  The food was delicious and plentiful.  Diego was a terrific team leader.  Don't miss out on future opportunities to travel around the world and to observe firsthand the work that Rotary does in our world.

    District 5240 Rotarians Visit Columbia B.J. Anderson 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Susan Weaver
    Have you considered but have not yet gone on a Polio NID trip? Share the recent experience of our  NID Team - Brenda Allison, Kay Bliss, Chris Bruney, Sandra England, PDG Jeri Fujimoto, Evelyn Garfield-Loker, PDG Anil Garg, Debra Hale, Maud Huey-Kenyon, John Kenyon, Judy Moore, Jeanne Potter, Michelle Velarde, Mike Weaver, Susan Weaver, Connie Young, and PDG Stephen Zabor - in this day-by-day photo diary.
    Day 1- January 25th: Eighteen team members gather in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, India, to participate in the first National Immunization Day of 2018 (there will be another in March).  We represent eleven different Rotary Clubs - 6 from District 5240, one each from California Districts 5150, 5230, one from Colorado D5450, one from Canadian District 5080, and one from Ohio District 6630.  One of our troup is a friend of Rotary, but not yet a member (operable word here is ‘yet’). For most of us, this is our first NID experience.  This was Anil’s 18th NID. Maud and John Kenyon are also old hands. It was Steve Zabor’s 2nd time.  On our itinerary for the day: visits to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the Rotary Polio Plus Office for briefings about the up-to-the-minute status of the effort to eradicate polio. Our heads are stuffed with statistics!
    Day 2 -January 26th: We divide into teams and head out the cities where we will be actively involved in the NID activities.  We travel by SUVs to Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, and Hathras where we are introduced to our local Rotary hosts. For the next four days we will stay in their homes, getting to know them, learning about their involvement in Rotary, and enjoying the hospitality and cuisine for which India is justifiably famous.
    Day 3 - January 27th: In our various locales we spend the day attending the local Polio Parades to encourage participation in the innoculation program and later visiting local Rotary projects. It is inspiring to see the projects, and also food for thought about possible future grant collaborations between our respective clubs. 
    Day 4 - January 28th: We spend the day visiting the NID Booths in various parts of the cities. Each booth visit is a festive affair filled with balloons, colorful visors and flags.  It is our first opportunity to administer the 2-drops of oral polio vaccine and to paint the pinkies purple of those innocculated, but our main mission is to let the staff and volunteers at these booths know how much their work is appreciated.  We are here for one day.  They have been working diligently for years.  It has taken a huge and sustained effort to get to the point where there have been no new cases of polio reported in India since 2011.  The day is filled with smiles and high-fives and Vs for victory and ThisClose hand signs. The children are enchanting.  
    Day 5 - January 29th:  We spend this day accompanying the local polio workers and the WHO representatives as they go door-to-door noting the number of children in each household, tracking each one’s immunization record, administering drops to any child under the age of five who was not immunized at a booth on the previous day, making note of any child who cannot take the drops because of illness or absence and making plans for follow-up visits to make sure no one is missed.  It is an arduous day.  The accuracy and completeness of record-keeping is astounding.  We are blown-away by the effort.
    Day 6 - January 30: This is a travel day for most teams as we all reassemble in Agra. For the team from Bareilly it is a long day as a general strike closes some of the roads and requires them to detour. This evening we attend a three-club Rotary meeting where we are garlanded and feted as honored guests.  We have a blast! 
    Day 7 - January 31:  We are up and out of the hotel by 6 a.m. for a group trip to visit the Taj Mahal.  It is a pleasant respite for us.  Though the fog has been rather thick in the morning for the past few days, we catch a break and it lifts soon after we arrive at the monument.  It is as beautiful as we had hoped, and by our early arrival we have missed the crowds.  We return to our hotel to check out, eat lunch, and then get back on the bus for a trip to Fatehpur Sikri, capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585, as red as the Taj Mahal is white.  Then we are back on the bus for our return trip to Delhi.  Along the way we stop to see the triple moon - blue moon, super moon, blood moon - a rare and beautiful experience. The half moon in India appeared horizontal, that is lit from the bottom not the side, a Chesire cat smile in the sky.
    Day 8 - February 1: We visit St. Stephen’s Hospital, where polio corrective surgeries are performed and are inspired by the work being done by Dr. Mathew Varghese and his colleagues.  Later we tour the Rotary Blood Bank. Rotary’s presence and visibility in Delhi is amazing.  There is a whole lot of good being done here with Rotary dollars.  We have the late afternoon and evening off to rest, to go shopping or to do some more sightseeing.  
    Day 9 - February 2: We are each off on our own after a remarkable and extremely rewarding experience.  Armed with what we have seen and heard, we will be making presentations to our clubs and generally spreading the word of the remarkable work that has been and is being done.  
    To learn more about the on-the-ground local effort involved in the NID, please see the February issue of the D5240 Rotary Foundation Newsletter, and keep current on the numbers by reading the newsletter every month to see just how close we are to the goal of wiping polio off the face of the earth.  And please, please, please give generously to Polio Plus!
    Diary of a Polio NID Trip Susan Weaver 2018-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
    For those of you going or are thinking of going to the Rotary International Convention in June, there will be a joint cruise/reception between District 5240 and our neighboring District 5280 (Los Angeles). Go Schmooze, eh! If you have not signed up for the convention yet, there is still time. 
    Register for the Rotary International Convention: http://www.riconvention.org.
    Register for the Schmooze Cruise: http://bit.ly/RotaryTorontoCruise.
    Schmooze Cruise - District 5240 Reception at RI Convention 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
    Rotary International President Ian Riseley has challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year July 1, 2017 and Earth Day on April 22, 2018.
    Sponsor a Tree at Camp Whittier 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
    Cioppino Feed 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
    As part of its Vocational Service contribution to the community, the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks has been providing the Economic Outlook Forecast for the past 20 years. Chair of the committee, Pat McCoy, has been a significant factor in keeping the program going, and Cal Lutheran University has been a significant contributor, both in terms of venue and in terms of critically important speakers.

    Economic Forecast Program at Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks 2018-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Club of Lompoc to Hold 32nd Annual Wine Tasting and Auction 2018-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
    Luau Party &amp; Auction 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
    Camp Whittier Receives $20,000 from Sunrise Rotary 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
    Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution
    February is a special month for CELEBRATIONS. I have a birthday tomorrow, but more importantly it is a month we CELEBRATE and think about Peace and being more Peaceable. We reflect on resolving conflict. Think about the following: FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. Borrowed from the 4th Object of Rotary which I have discussed 65 times thus far at club visits (only 13 more club visits to go)! Think about it. Have you considered moving your club closer to peace by becoming a Peacebuilder Club. Information can be found on the district website Peace Page.

    Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees!
    One cool project that Rotary International President Ian Riseley has requested is for every club to organize and plant a tree for every member in each club, preferably by Arbor Day. How does it relate to peace? Long before I became a Rotarian I have always admired and felt more relaxed when surrounded by trees. Weather in a tree studded neighborhood or in a state or national park, trees are a good thing (they also provide oxygen for us to breathe). Obviously, there are many ways to promote peace and conflict resolution. Does a tree stop a war? Probably not. Consider the following…

    District Tree Planting Request
    In that regard, I will be asking each Club President to help with this request by appointing a member or committee in each club to coordinate a tree planting with its members, adjacent clubs, Interact, and Rotaract Clubs at a location of each club’s choosing.

    Ventura Tree Planting
    One tree planting opportunity already in place is being organized in Ventura on March 10th at 1PM in the afternoon following the District Training Assembly. This is just one opportunity for Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors to plant trees. If you are interested, details will be shared in early February with your Club President.

    Montecito Mudslides
    Back on Tuesday January 9th we all witnessed the devastation of heavy rains on grounds that had suffered extreme fire. It happened to be the scheduled day for me to visit the Rotary Club of Montecito. My club visit has been delayed until February 20th. 21 lives were lost including a charter member from Goleta John McManigal and several lost their homes to the mudslides including Past District Governor Rich Abbott and his wife Sherry. While our hearts are hurting from the Thomas Fire devastation and the subsequent mudslides, I believe that our best days are just in front of us. Does the planting of a tree make a difference? Perhaps, but how much more if Rotarians come together to do a good thing like planting lots of trees! Yes, it promotes peace in so many ways!

    New Interact Club chartered at New Tech in Nipomo
    On January 22nd, the Interact Club at New Tech High in Nipomo was chartered making it the 76th Interact Club in our district thanks to the Rotarians from Five Cities Eco and Morro Bay Sunset among others. To see an example of what an Interact Club can do, click here to watch a YouTube video. Please note: this YouTube video was produced by the Interact Club itself. Does your Rotary Club have an active Interact Club you work with? If not, please consider chartering an interact club. District staff is available to help. If you have an Interact Club that you have sponsored, please invite the interactors and their parents to attend the Interact District Conference on February 24th in Oxnard and offer to drive them. Carpooling is FUN (and good for the environment)!

    Details on many district events will be forthcoming:
    February 10th -- YES (Youth Empowerment Summit) in Taft
    February 24th -- Interact District Conference at Oxnard’s Pacific High School
    March 10th -- District Training Assemblies (Oxnard)
    March 24th -- District Training Assemblies (Bakersfield)
    May 4th -- District Foundation Fiesta (Gala) Santa Maria – super Key note speaker will share his perspective as a son with a mother stricken with Polio living in an Iron Lung. Please plan to attend, you’ll be glad you did.
    May 19th -- Emerging Leader Symposium – San Luis Obispo TBD
    June 16th -- District Awards and District Governor celebrations Luncheon – TBD
    District Governor Club Visits and Invitation to attend your clubs, projects, and events
    Christine and I have now completed 65 Club Visits and are truly amazed at the Rotarians and projects of each club (only 13 Club visits to go!)! Now that the completion of my club visits are in sight and I’m feeling pretty good, I welcome invites to your club’s meetings and events. Celebrate Rotary: your friends, SERVICE, and HEALTH! We love each one of you and are so honored to serve with you!

    District Governor John Weiss and Christine
    A Message From District Governor, John Weiss 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
    Rotary House Retreat is a six-day intensive outpatient retreat that provides First Responders the opportunity to learn and practice new coping skills while improving personal and professional relationships.  RHR uses prevention and early-intervention models to address issues such as substance abuse, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbances, and other stress- and trauma-related symptoms.  The goal of Rotary House Retreat is to enable First Responders to restore and resume his/her work in a highly productive manner and avoid negative outcomes such as family dissolution, chemical dependence, or suicide.
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    Posted by John Weiss

    January in the Rotary world is the month of Vocational Service, click here to link to the MyRotary page which contains The Object of Rotary, The 4-Way Test, and the Avenues of Service. Vocational Service is the second Avenue of Service.

    May I suggest offsite club meetings at businesses of a few of your members or a vocational school program. Or to foster Vocational Service and Membership, may I suggest inviting non-Rotarian business leaders to talk about their businesses for two minutes. They are often good candidates for your club!

    Goodbye to 2017
    December marked the end of our calendar year and the mid-way point of our Rotary year.  As we head into the New Year, it is worth noting that we are finishing the year up 27 net new members which is a positive trend.

    December is traditionally a month of family reflection, and hope and, looking back, you can’t help but appreciate the time of year when many clubs ring the bell to help local families, enjoy festive music, and perhaps a light show in the neighborhood.

    Foremost in our minds this year is the pain and suffering of so many because of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and recent relief that the fires have subsided. Rotarians and our communities have suffered great losses. Our hearts go out to each of you who lost your home and all of its treasures. Fortunately, loss of life was minimized and the spirit of so many was inspiring in the midst of such adversity. I’m grateful that so many Rotarians answered the call within hours to share their homes with others displaced by the fires. Thousands of dollars have been raised by individual contributions and the generosity of our district’s clubs! It’s not too late to give!

    Recently I spoke to a good friend who celebrates all the acts of giving, kindness, and holiday spirit. It occurred to me how cool it is when we think of others. And is that not what Rotary is all about?

    Christine and I have visited 50 (48 Rotary and 2 Rotaract) Clubs. The cool projects of our clubs are inspiring. If you have not already, I encourage you to visit other Rotary clubs for ideas, opportunities for joint service, and to develop friendships. Hopefully your clubs are thinking about and compiling this information for our annual awards which is June 16th this year.

    Recently, I met in Pasadena with my District Governor classmates and the President of Rotary International Ian Riseley and his wife Juliete and our partners for lunch to discuss our service projects, club visits and the planting of trees. RI President Ian shared that Romania is providing 1.2 million trees and Rotarians in Romania will be planting them.  Of course, the world-wide challenge is to plant 1.2 millions trees. With the recent fires that have devastated camps for our youth, tree planting is a part of these projects. If your club has not yet planted a tree for each member, an opportunity will be forthcoming --- details to follow.

    Save the Dates

    Mark your calendars for these events in 2018. Details to follow:

    Feb. 24th    Interact District Conference in Oxnard Pacifica High School.

    May 4th     Our Foundation Fiesta (right before Cinco De Mayo) in Santa Maria. 


    Best wishes for a Happy 2018!  As with my own health, I’m convinced that in spite of what challenges we face, our best days are still ahead!




    Reflecting on 2017 as 2018 Begins John Weiss 2018-01-01 08:00:00Z 0

    The 2018-2019 Club Grants Qualification Webinar will take place on January 9th from 6 to 7 p.m. PST.

    This is your last chance to get your club qualified to submit grants for the 2018-19 Rotary year.

    In order to be qualified, attendance is required by two Rotarians from each club. One of the attendees must be the President Elect (President in Rotary year 2018-19).

    • If your club is already qualified, you do not need to attend this webinar.
    • If you attended an in person training, you do not need to attend this webinar.

    Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6339374315051240451 


    Your Last Chance to Qualify Your Club 2017-12-30 08:00:00Z 0

    The Council on Resolutions meets online each year.  Representatives from all of Rotary’s districts vote on resolutions that clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the General Council or Conference of RIBI have proposed. The RI Board of Directors will then consider all resolutions that the Council adopts.

    What are resolutions?

    A resolution is a request to the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents. Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues.

    Who votes on the resolutions?

    Representatives from all Rotary districts vote on resolutions proposed by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI.

    Representatives are chosen for three-year terms. The 2017-20 Council representatives will vote in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 COR

    The 2017 vote took place from 15 October to 15 November.

    Results have been published and any Rotarian can now view the resolutions and the results of the vote.

    If you are interested in the results from Council on Resolutions, please visit the following link: https://my.rotary.org/en/cor/vote
    Results From Council on Resolutions 2017 Vote 2017-12-30 08:00:00Z 0
    RC Goleta Noontime International Service Co-Chairs PP Hans and Helena Dahlin share their experiences on their trip to Sri Lanka in July of this year in a video newly posted to YouTube.  Acting as the sponsor club, Goleta Noontime has partnered with RC Colombo East on a Global Grant that funds early childhood learning in rural Sri Lanka.  
    Trouble seeing this video?  Click here
    Take a Virtual Trip to Sri Lanka with Hans and Helena Dahlin 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Registration is now open for the District 5240 Mid-term Training Seminars. Mid-terms are specifically for Club Presidents, PEs and PENs to continue your important training for each club leadership position. There will be two offerings:
    • Saturday, January 6, 2018, 8:30am to 12:30pm – Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara)
    • Saturday, January 13, 2018, 8:30am to 12:30pm – CSU Bakersfield (Bakersfield)
    You only need to attend one of the seminars, and your team does not have to attend the same one together. Check-in and continental breakfast will be from 8:30am to 9:00am. The training will begin promptly at 9:00am with a plenary session for all attendees. You will then break out into separate training sessions for Presidents, PEs and PENs. The agenda, maps, and parking directions will be emailed to attendees prior to the training.

    The cost of the training (including continental breakfast and parking) is $20 and the cost should be covered by your clubs. The links to register are below. Each person must complete a separate registration; however, your club may send one check for all their attendees (please indicate who the check is paying for). Or you may pay by credit card and get reimbursed from your club.
    Mid-Terms Registration 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Posted by John Weiss


    As we conclude November and our first 5 months of this year, there is so much that I am grateful for: my family, my faith, my friends, and all of you: 3,314 fellow Rotarians in our great district!  I’m thankful for my circumstances, my home club, my business and staff, my doctors and health care providers, my district staffers that make me look good!  How about you?! What are you thankful for?  

    Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

    This month Rotary’s monthly theme is Disease Prevention and Treatment. This is a meaningful aspect of being a Rotarian. We have worked collectively for about 30 years to eradicate Polio. Many of you have been on a NID (National Immunization Day), some on several! Some like Jim Lewis, Anil Garg, and many others are tireless in efforts for increasing Polio awareness. Others like District Governor Elect Sandi Schwartz and Club President Denise (Bakersfield Breakfast) are tuned in to health and wellness with leadership roles.

    Interact District Conference is Saturday February 24th, 2018 in Oxnard.

    Your district committee is hard working to make this 3rd Annual event special. We will offer an Interact version of PRLS (Practical Relevant Leadership Skills) with an introduction to Rotary. Interactive leadership skills.  A special on child or human trafficking will be offered for students and parents. We hope that every Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary club will be involved at some level.


    The other day I was considering the 55 new members I’ve recruited over the past 15 years. The first step is to love Rotary and be willing to talk about your passion with anyone you feel might make a good Rotarian. Some refer to an elevator speech. I refer to a conversational introduction.  A smile goes a long way. Ask what they think of community work, helping others, volunteering time, donating time and fundraising. Ask if they get on the internet. Direct them to rotary.org, your club website, or club Facebook. Have fun with it. Role-play. Please feel free to talk with your club’s Membership Chair… 

    The new Council of Legislation of 2016 gives your club the flexibility to consider Corporate and family Memberships. Now you can have 2 to 3 members from a single company or organization. Now couples can be recruited together. It makes for more volunteers, more community event sponsors, and membership retention.

    Forty-two club visits so far and 37 club visits to go (including Rotaract clubs). One of my club visits in November was with the E-Club of One World which has members from our district, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and other countries, too. If your club has members who find their work has changed, or they move, the E-Club of One World might be a great fit.   

    You can view the video of meeting on YouTube by clicking here


    Christine and I have been so inspired by your warm welcomes, sharing of club projects, and sending of greetings and cards!  

    All our best,

    John and Christine  

    With Gratitude and Joy John Weiss 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
    KernYes!, a Youth Empowerment Summit will be held February 10, 2018, at the the Historic Fort Taft.  One hundred-twenty Kern County high school students from 30 schools will be attending.   This multi-club collaborative is still in need of financial support.  If your club is looking for a worthy Youth Service project to contribute to, look no further.  Contact Li Gibbs at rotarykernyes@gmail.com.
    Kern YES! - February 10, 2018 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
    I have been selected to to represent our district on the Rotary International Council on Resolution and Council on Legislation.
    This is a three year appointment.
    One major change from the last time, is the formation of the Council on Legislation.
    Previously, these were both included in the three year process, and both Resolutions and Enactments were covered during the COL week.
    Resolutions are now being handled on an annual basis to save time and money, as this should reduce the Council to 3 days instead of 5.
    These Resolutions are basically recommendations from the Council on Resolutions to the RI Board of Directors to consider these for adoption.
    As your delegate for our district, I wanted to share some of the resolutions I will be voting on.
    Please feel free to email me any comments you have on these proposed resolutions.
    Wade Nomura
    Wade Nomura
    Council on Legislation Delegate
    2011-2012 District Governor
    Message From Wade Nomura -- Council on Resolutions 2017-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
    On Saturday 28th, 2017, interviews were held for the position of District Governor for 2020-2021. In accord with our District and Rotary Bylaws, we are pleased to formally announce that the Nominating Committee selected Deborah Linden from the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo. 
    2020-2021 District 5240 District Governor Announcement 2017-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
    Posted by John Weiss

    November Foundation Month

    November is the month we give pause and reflect on our Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation allows us to collectively do good in our world. It means that your club can raise $20,000 and end up with a project of over $50,000. Our district has a history of extraordinary giving to the Rotary Foundation.

    The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects representing millions of SMILES! Additional information and cool stories can be found each month in “Changing Lives”, our district monthly newsletter featuring the Foundation giving and stories of clubs in our district.

    With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world. So SMILE as you write that check or swipe your credit card. For ease consider the Rotary giving form 123EN attached below and accessible online here: https://www.rotary.org/en/donate.

    Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?

    Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting Rotary service projects around the world.

    How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?

    Our 35,500 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

    What impact can one donation have?

    It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2. Which is to say that each dose with the match is about 20 cents.

    District Conference 2017

    My sincere thanks to our hard working committee, the communities in and near Ventura, to our sponsors, our sister districts from South Korea and Mexico, and to the 300+ Rotarians that were in attendance. I heard so many heart-felt thanks and positive comments. We featured our youth, local talent, Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange and so much more. Now we look forward to our next one in Bakersfield in October 2018!

    40 visits and only 39 visits to go!

    Christine and I are having a great time as we visit the amazing clubs in our district! At each club my goal is to listen to your members share the amazing projects your clubs performs. Some projects are simple like selling tickets for a worthy non-profit with a small number of members to an annual auction dinner requiring all hands on deck to help. Either-way it should be FUN and an opportunity to get to know your club members while we Make a Difference or Celebrate Rotary. Thinking about “Making a Difference”, how is your club doing on planting a tree for every club member (or more)?  I had the opportunity to plant a tree with the Rotary Club of Nipomo. My driver was none other than the Club of Templeton Kathleen. 

    Celebrate your Friends, Service Projects while having FUN and Celebrating your Health!

    I will be taking my second (and hopefully final) break of this year with a needed surgery. Thank you for all of your thoughts and super support. You all are my inspiration along with my wonderful wife Christine, district governor classmates, co-workers, and friends! 

     Interact District Conference -  Mark your calendars : February 24th, 2018 (venue TBD) 

    Our Youth Service team lead by Darin Arrasmith (Thousand Oaks) and Greg Gillette (San Luis Obispo) are busy working to inspire and develop leadership skills and vital topics are working hard to make this a great event. Parents of all Interact students will be invited and encouraged to attend. Look for further announcements soon.

    Much to Be Thankful for in November John Weiss 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

    Ayubowan!  ආයුබෝවන්  (hello in Sinhala) 

    Vanakkam!  -  வணக்கம்  (hello in Tamil)


    In 2016-17, eleven clubs in district 5240 helped fund a project ($50,750) that supported early childhood education by improving preschool teacher's training in rural Sri Lanka. 

    This was the 2nd Global Grant that the Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime has completed and the grant is now helping 450 preschool teachers (who are currently in training) to get their diploma.  

    Since the project beginning in 2012, D-5240 together with three other districts has now reached these total numbers:

    • Number of teachers supported has grown to 3,500!
    • This project is benefiting 70,000 children annually.
    • The total grant value is $435,000!

    Our club believes that this is a project worthy of our support, as it focuses on educating children in hard to reach rural areas so that they have opportunities similar to those available to children in cities as they grow. Also, the project already has local Rotary partners (PDG Dharshan John, Colombo East) that are prepared to work with us all to ensure the ongoing success of the project year after year. 

    We have just come back from our 2nd trip to Sri Lanka.

    Global Grant for funding Early Childhood Education in Sri Lanka 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

    This year as District 5240 is one of the seven Southern California and Arizona Rotary Districts that are sustaining supporters of the Rotary Rose Parade Float, District Governor John Weiss was given the opportunity to select one parade participant. He selected Kaitlyn Alderete the President of the Rotaract Club of Conejo Valley to represent District 5240 as Rotary’s Future Image to eighty-three million people worldwide in Tournament of Rose Parade on January 1st 2018.

    KaitlynVivero3x4-768x1024.jpgKaitlyn Alderete is the 2017-2018 President of the Rotaract Club of Conejo Valley.  She joined Rotaract in 2014, and this year under her leadership her club has inducted several new members and is continuing to grow.  It is also helping to establish a new Rotaract Club on CLU campus alongside the other Group 4 Rotary Clubs. In 2016, Kaitlyn sat on the District Conference Committee and attended Rotaract’s Big West Conference in Phoenix Arizona and again in 2017 in Long Beach California. In 2017 she had the privilege of attending the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta Georgia alongside thousands of Rotarians and Rotaractors from all over the world. During the RI convention she experienced the true meaning of world peace, and now actively encourages club members to participate in Conferences and Conventions so they can experience it as well.  Kaitlyn is honored to represent her District during the 2018 Rose Parade.   

    Born in 1991, Kaitlyn and her brother were raised by their parents in Thousand Oaks, California. She graduated from California State University of Sacramento in 2013 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree and met her now husband, Bret. After graduation the couple moved back to Thousand Oaks to be closer to their families and start their life. Kaitlyn and Bret wed in July 2016.  They purchased their first home in Moorpark, California, later that same year in December.  Kaitlyn works for a life insurance brokerage as an account executive.

    Kaitlyn attributes her success to the unwavering support from her husband and family. She truly believes that life has been exceptionally good to her and doing good for others and her community is just a small way for her to give back. 

    The Rotary Rose Parade Float is made possible by the generous support of Rotarians and the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee, the longest continuous running public image campaign for Rotary with 39 years of experience. With the Committee’s help Kaitlyn will be D5240’s poster person promoting the hands on approach Rotaractors bring to the Rotary experience during interviews and social events.

    Introducing D5240’s Rotaractor Kaitlyn Alderete to the world 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Recognition/Contribution Form 123-EN 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of Conejo Valley Presents...
    The Annual Thanksgiving Meals Project 2017!
    Helping feed the hungry families of 
    Ventura County for over a decade!
    Teamed up with the local Rotary Clubs our goal is donate 400 meals! 
    Each meal can feed up to 12 people! 
    All tax deductible donations are payable to “Conejo Valley Foundation” and are to be mailed to:
    Conejo Valley Foundation 
    PO Box 1345 
    Thousand Oaks, CA 91358 
    If interested in participating with the deliveries on Thanksgiving morning 11/23, these are the 2 Ralph’s locations: 
    Oxnard Ralphs – 3443 Saviers Road, Oxnard CA  93033 – Phone (805) 487-4905 
    Thousand Oaks Ralphs – 1500 N. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks CA 91360 – Phone (805) 379-3100 
    START TIME IS 8AM and usually completed before 12 noon. 
    Please rsvp to Pedro Mendoza at pmendoza@amigobaby.com
    Contact Claudine Schooley for more info.
    Email: dschooley1@roadrunner.com
    RC Conejo Valley Annual Thanksgiving Meals Project 2017 Claudine Schooley 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

    What is Happening?

    There is only one crossing between the Southern African country of Zambia and neighbor Botswana, which is in the town of Kazungula.  The Zambesi River flows between the two countries, and all vehicles must be carried over on a pontoon.  Commercial trucks wait in a queue for up to 10 days, during which time the drivers play cards, listen to music, and way too often, entice vulnerable young girls to “entertain” them.  This is much easier than it should be in an extremely impoverished town with a history of sexual abuse and child marriage.  The sexual abuse endured by these young girls and women provides sustenance for families that otherwise would have none.  With no alternative source of income, many girls and young women become victims.

    What Could Possibly Be Done to Help?

    There is a ray of hope. Prominent civic leaders in Livingstone, Zambia—a nearby tourist destination—decided to take action.  They identified 3 areas where trained young women can find employment—tailoring, computer work, and food preparation.  They formed an NGO, and opened The Grace Center for counseling and training.  In addition, the Grace Center hopes to provide funds for secondary school education.

    They have ambitious goals, but so far, they only have enough funding for the tailoring program, which has enrolled 30 young girls and women.  With additional funding, a small factory can be created in the existing space to produce school uniforms and retail clothing.  Construction has begun on a food preparation school and a restaurant, a first for Kazungula! Skilled graduates can also find employment in surrounding tourist hotels and lodges.  Finally, computers are being acquired, and trained graduates will be highly employable at the local customs offices, as well as tourist hotels and  lodges around Livingstone.

    The members of the Livingstone Rotary Club are very hopeful that they can find an international sponsor and initiate a global grant to fund The Grace Center.  The Livingstone Club has a strong reputation for success—they’ve completed over 20 global grants and over 75 district grants.

    If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact George Poulakos of the Rotary Club of Ventura at gjp@tribecacom.com (middle initial is a J) or 954-494-4387.

    Slow River Crossing: Devastating Consequences for Girls in Zambia George Poulakos 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Being in Rotary is about the “moments” that make a difference in our own lives, and possibly more important, are the “moments” that make a difference in the life of others. This is what YES! is all about! 
    YES! – Youth Empowerment Summit, which was started five years ago, is a one-day workshop for high school students where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues they are faced with daily. YES! is a joint project of the three Simi Valley Rotary clubs: The Rotary Club of Simi Valley, The Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, and The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset.
    YES! - Youth Empowerment Summit 2017-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
    District 5240 is putting together another team of Rotarians to India to participate in a NID (National Immunization Day) on January 28 - 29, 2018.

    The trip will most likely start on January 22nd and end around Feb. 4th 2018. the activities on Jan. 28th, door to door immunization will be done over a days starting on the 29th (we will do door to door immunization only for 1 ). This will entail some long hours and lots of walking (which means you need be in good shape, physically and mentally).
    Here are some guidelines that will influence the selection process:
    District 5240 2018 NID Trip 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by John Weiss

    Looking forward to October and Remembering September

    October is upon us and the Rotary Monthly Theme is “Economic and Community Development.  I hope your club is presenting a program on one of this month's suggested topics - perhaps on Micro Lending or on local development updates. As many of you will remember, our district has an excellent history of supporting Micro Loan programs that make a real difference and offer sustainable hope for those who just need a helping hand.  The first Microcredit Matching Grant issued by The Rotary Foundation was awarded to the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise.  You can read about this effort by following this link: TRF Funds Microcredit Grant for Local Job Creation 

    Christine and I have thoroughly enjoyed our (20) club visits in September!

    We were greeted by bagpipes (Westlake Village), taken on a boat ride (Westlake Village), round of Golf (Westlake Village), two great club socials with root beer floats (Ventura East), a Facebook recording (San Luis Obispo), two songs in the District Governor’s honor (Ventura South and East), another autographed basketball (Santa Maria), and Green Jello (Westlake Village) followed by a steak! Each club visit also featured a Board Meeting and we learned about the club’s many projects:

    1. Huge support for RYLA (all clubs visited)
    2. College and Trade School Scholarships – Rotary really supports Youth! (all clubs so far)
    3. Mexico Home Build with Rotaract and Rotary Clubs (Ventura and San Luis Obispo)
    4. Vets Outreach
    5. Coats for Kids (San Luis Obispo Rotaract)
    6. 4th of July family friendly Events
    7. Architecture Project to teach students (Santa Ynez Valley)
    8. Senior meals (several clubs)
    9. School for girls to reduce Human Trafficking (PACE)
    10. Local Free Dental Clinic (Thousand Oaks)
    11. Fund STEM – Robotics for 150 children (Santa Ynez Valley)
    12. Salvation Army Bell Ringing support local families
    13. Storybook (reading) Project for inmates support children (Thousand Oaks)
    14. Eye Care Clinic in Mexico, Jaws of Life, Teach English (San Luis Obispo)
    15. Tanzania Hospital Water Collection system (San Luis Obispo)
    16. El Chorro Outdoor Classroom Amphitheater (all 4 SLO clubs)
    17. Clean up senior living quarters (SLO Daybreak)
    18. Support Women’s Shelter (Santa Maria)
    19. Holiday Parade supports many community non-profits (Santa Maria clubs and Nipomo)
    20. Exchange Students (RYE does over 9,000 exchanges per year
    21. Medium size club planting 100+ trees
    22. Peace Building projects and district certification
    23. Support Habitat for Humanity (Paso Robles Sunrise)
    24. Water Sanitation education (Paso Robles Sunrise)
    25. Annual ethics and leadership conference (Atascadero and Ventura clubs)
    26. Kids Day in the Park – fishing (Santa Maria Breakfast)
    27. Carpenteria Talent Showcase
    28. Road clean ups include local Interact club
    29. Amp Surf for disabled Vets (Grover Beach and Pismo Beach)
    30. School Backpacks (several clubs)
    31. Support local Boys & Girls Clubs (several clubs)
    32. Trivia Challenge and adult literacy (Ventura South and others)
    33. High School Speech Contest
    34. Support Turning Point recovery programs (Ventura and Oxnard clubs)
    35. Teacher Recognition programs (Oxnard)
    36. Major Sanitation Projects India (Westlake Village)
    37. YES (Youth Empowerment Summit) – (Simi Sunrise)
    38. Botanical Garden project Ventura ($250k Ventura Clubs)
    39. Mossy Foot – Ethiopia (Ventura East)
    40. Operation Splash – teach children to swim (Ventura East)

    District Conference is just around the corner! Our Committee has delivered on an amazing weekend!

    Registration is now closed, but those of you who have registered will be treated to:
    1. Super speakers will talk about Emerging Leaders, Youth, Polio Survivor wins a Gold Medal, and Making a Difference
    2. Marching Band Saturday morning (I love a marching band) and the 🎉Celebrate Theme: (Trouble Viewing? Click here for YouTube video
    3. Rotaract – Rotarian Home Build
    4. Sister District Rotarian leaders from South Korea (D3721 and D3722) and Mexico (D4140)
    5. Super Live - Music Sgt Peppers band 1-2 hours of dancing!
    6. Polio Fundraiser, booth and Inspirational Moment
    7. 100 steps from the beach and close to the Ventura Harbor
    8. Experience the amazing collection at the Mullin Car Museum plus other great excursions!
    9. Aloha Welcome Reception!
    10. Project Expo – check out all the club projects!

    So what does your district do for you?  

    Not an uncommon question to ponder. The Rotary district was the brainchild of Arch Klumph along with the Rotary Foundation and the position of District Governor. To start, the Rotary district provides training to club leaders with PETS (President Elect Training Seminars), President Elect Retreats, District Trainings, Mid –Terms for the club president lines, manages youth programs like RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and RYE (Rotary Youth Exchange), PRLS (Practical Relevant Leadership Skills). 

    Your district staff also organizes Club visits, provides resources like Avenue of Service Chairs, and Assistant Governors. Please reach out if you have questions to your club leaders, district leaders, and yours truly your Governor John Weiss.

    🎉 Celebrate a great October!

    Christine and I are enjoying our visits, Club programs and Board meetings. Health-wise I’m feeling great and Celebrating each day. Remember to Celebrate your 🎉Rotary friends, 🎉Projects and Service, 🎉Fun and FUN, and 🎉your health! Next month, I plan to share Membership tips: How to recruit and sponsor 50+ new members with no fuss, just FUN!

    District Governor's Message for October John Weiss 2017-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Has your club submitted your certified list of club electors to Jeremy Swanson, the D5240 Parliamentarian?  If not, what are you waiting for?  
    The District's annual business meeting will be held on Saturday October 7th at 11 AM at the Ventura Beach Marriott, and delegates will be called upon to vote on an update to the District By-laws.  It is an important vote as we haven't updated the by-laws for three years. The proposed changes will facilitate the District's being more efficient & effective in assisting & supporting Member Clubs. They would also enable updating the the District Operating Manual & Leadership Plan in a timely manner. But this can't happen without your delegates casting their votes. 
    No proxies apply for this vote. Only your designated Club Delegates may cast a ballot.  Please note, Club Delegates need not register for the District Conference in order to attend the business meeting to represent your club! For those coming only for the vote, there is free off site parking on the street or one can pay $7 to park on site. Though it is preferable to have submitted your delegates' voting documents to Jeremy prior to the morning of the 7th, delegates can present them to Jeremy before the start of the business meeting.
    As of September 26, only 20% of the club delegates' documents have been sent to our Parliamentarian Jeremy Swanson. We need 67% positive votes of the delegates to approve the updated bylaws. For example, a club with 75 members would send 3 delegates i.e. 3 Rotarians (remember - no proxies for this vote).
    Club Presidents, if you have any concerns on this, please reach out to your local Assistant Governor, Executive Governor or DG John Weiss.
    Every Vote is Important - and Necessary 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

    For only the fourth time in the past 20 years or so, a D-5240 Rotarian has been named to a Zone-level Coordinator position.  Past District Governor Jim Bell (Bakersfield Twilight) has accepted a three-year appointment as Zone 26 Public Image Coordinator (RPIC) for the 2018-2021 Rotary years.  

    Jim received news of his appointment from RI President Elect Barry Rassin, who has indicated his interest in strengthening Rotary’s use of digital tools to increase public recognition of the breadth and scope of the good Rotary is actively doing in the world.

    Jim will be taking over the job from another D-5240 Rotarian - Michael Boyer (Pismo Beach-Five Cities) who has held the zone’s RPIC post for the past three years.  Rtn. Brenda Cressey (Paso Robles) is currently serving as Trustee for The Rotary Foundation and previously served as Zone 26 Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor.

    As Zone 26 Public Image Coordinator, Jim is expected to increase Rotary's public profile by assisting club and district leaders to gain the skills that will allow them to effectively share Rotary’s stories with the media, their communities, and with local civic and governmental leaders.  He will also be developing training to improve local clubs’ ability to tell and visually communicate their stories using all the tools - print, broadcast and digital social media - at their disposal.

    Jim comes highly qualified to the position of RPIC.  A Past President of the Kern County (CA) Broadcasters Association, he holds a BA in telecommunications from Kent State University (OH) and has more than thirty years' experience in television and radio broadcasting, including having operated six radio stations in Bakersfield, CA, for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.  

    As RPIC, Jim will be working closely with others on the Zone 25/26 team.  He will be attending a training institute in Evanston in March along with 40 other RPIC’s from around the world in preparation for stepping into the position. 

    Jim Bell to Take Regional Leadership Position Susan Weaver 2017-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Leslie Bouche
    Rotary Club of Ojai and Prashanti School, Puri, India

    Prashanti School (PS), in Puri, Odisha, India, was started in response to a Category 5 hurricane that devastated the area in late 1999. (We have certainly seen recently how destructive these storms can be!)The founder, Elizabeth Burnett from Ojai, California, had an ongoing tutoring program in Puri. After the hurricane, there were so many children left homeless, the local government asked if she could take in a few of them. In January 2000, twenty-one children were delivered to her! The non-profit Prashanti School was born. These children needed immediate 24/7 housing, food, clothing, medical care, and schooling. They were ragged, sick and traumatized.   Back in the US, friends began a grassroots effort to provide funding to support these destitute children. Thus began World Family Foundation (WFF), based in Ojai, California, which in 2002 became a registered 501-c-3 non-profit to manage sponsorships and donations for the children of Prashanti School. WFF is an all volunteer service organization.Over the years, it became increasingly apparent that the need for programs like Prashanti School in Puri goes far beyond any single disaster. Many, many children in the poor village areas are still trapped in the cycle of extreme poverty and low expectations that has defined their families for generations. Lack of basic literacy is a core problem, especially for women, where, in the villages, the rate of literacy can be as low as 25%. Many women can’t even sign their names – they sign with a thumbprint.

    Although the economy of India has been growing, the benefits often do not reach the lowest levels of society. In fact, recent studies have shown that the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” has simply grown wider. 
    Economic inequality in India may well be at its highest level in 92 years. Even as the wealth of the top 2% increases, India still remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Rotarians know that peace grows when underlying causes of conflict are addressed, such as poverty, lack of access to education, and hopelessness. Peace becomes possible when people feel they have the opportunity to better themselves and their lives, and when they know their children can have bright futures.
    A Partnership That Builds Peace and Hope Leslie Bouche 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
    Considered the premier culinary event of the year, the Rotary Club of Ojai proudly presents its 17th Annual Taste of Ojai at the world class Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Taste of Ojai is a showcase of delicious creations from local restaurants, caterers, wineries and culinary specialists~all with that special signature Ojai touch!!   For tickets visit: http://www.tasteofojai.com
    You're Invited to Taste of Ojai 2017-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
    When the hat was passed at a meeting last week, the Camarillo Rotary club collected $5,000 for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Camarillo Rotary Foundation then matched the amount pledged during the meeting. Foundation President Al Lowe said, "I’m very proud of our Club. We will be sending a check for $10,000 to Houston for disaster relief."
    Rotary Club of Camarillo Raises Funds for Hurricane Harvey 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

    A Summer Filled with Gratitude, Pride, and Anticipation

    Since I was a boy, summer has been one of my favorite times of the year.  This summer has special meaning: Becoming District Governor of the greatest Rotary District in the world!

    Health-wise I am feeling good and upbeat as my doctors continue to discuss my treatment which might include more surgery. Until then I look forward to continued service as your District Governor.   

    If you don’t remember green jello from my last Newsletter, you might find a copy and review --- there might be a test --- or at least a smile!

    Hurricane Harvey Relief

    Club President Bob Harrell for the Rotary Club of Camarillo Noon made me proud to be a Rotarian when he called me to ask where to send a donation by check for disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey. His club passed the money hat and collected $5,000 and his club Foundation matched the generosity of the club members sending $10,000.  

    If a person or club would prefer to mail a check, please do so to Rotary D5240 Charitable Foundation C/O Barry VanderKelen, 1212 Marsh St. Ste 3, San Luis Obsipo, CA 93401

    Monthly Rotary Theme

    The monthly theme for September is Basic Education and Literacy. Think about the education programs we as a district support. We provide scholarships to high school graduates for college or trade schools. We support RYLA. We support schools for girls in India (PACE).  We support the schools in our communities. Perhaps your club might consider inviting local educators and literacy organizations. Perhaps invite your own club educators to provide a “Craft Talk”.


    I’m very pleased to report that our district membership increased by 40 new members net. One added retention tool is our monthly polling which consists of one question: “How likely are you to recommend this Rotary club to a friend or colleague?” This Member Satisfaction Program is most effective if each club member replies and then club leadership listens and implements appropriate changes!

    Human Trafficking 

    At a recent Human Trafficking task force meeting lead by Lee Cunningham (San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney) were representatives from the FBI, CHP, and local law enforcement as well as social services. The keynote for their meeting was our own Past District Governor Deepa Willingham. Also present was District Governor Elect Sandi Schwartz and yours truly. 

    One request was for greater awareness in our Rotary district as this task force encompasses representatives from all four of our counties. This important topic reminded me of some keynote speakers at the just concluded Rotary Convention in Atlanta. Consider the following link featuring the famous actor Ashton Kutcher. See what you think…



    Rotaract Santa Maria Vallley  

    On Saturday August 26th, our district chartered a new Rotaract Club! It was well attended by local Rotarians and the incoming six Directors and club members. They are sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Group 12 – Santa Maria and Nipomo. These Rotaractors are the bright future of Rotary lead by Club President Alex and future members of Rotary. Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/SMVRotaract  

    District Conference

    YOUR District Conference is really shaping up and is certain to be FUN, INSPIRING, and a REAL happening Event. Check out what’s planned in the following article.   I look forward to seeing you all there! 

    If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so at www.rotary5240dc.com.

    Rose Parade

    Each year Rotary Districts in Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada along with many Rotarians sponsor, design, and build a float to promote a float in the Rose Parade which is seen by millions of viewers in person and on television worldwide. Each year a core group of dedicated volunteers raise funds for this unique marketing event. Our district has one spot left to walk in the Rose Parade which takes about 4 hours and 5 miles of walking. If you are interested in being that person, please send me an email suggesting why you should be chosen. A contribution to the Rose Parade Committee (through a Rotary Charitable Foundation) could help your chances!  http://rotarydistrict5240.org/Stories/rotary-float-rose-parade-2017

    District Governor Club Visits to resume

    Words alone do not adequately express my gratitude to all of you for your love and support.  Each of you has made me a better person and District Governor and I’m so grateful.  I can’t wait to visit your club (7 done and 65 to go!) and meet and thank you in person. If not at your club, perhaps at an event or, in particular, our District Conference which will be all things CELEBRATE!

    Best Regards,
    John Weiss,
    Rotary Club of Morro Bay                                    
    District Governor
    Message from John Weiss 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Michael Boyer on Aug 27, 2017

    The Rotary Brand Experience

    "If you were to ask me what 'Brand' is ... it really is a guide or a lens for the way you think, the way you act, and the way you communicate brought to life at every single point of interaction with your audiences, both internal and external." - Hayley Berlent
    Meetings are a great opportunity to provide positive interactions with both internal (members) and external (guests) people. Please enjoy this humorous video that illustrating how many clubs "welcome" people to their club. :-)
    Download Here: https://rotary5240.box.com/s/ukdp1ldtlc34c40ynh2pdwy9in5bro9u

    Member Retention: Member Satisfaction

    Why is member satisfaction important? Members are the customers of each club, they are the life blood of all Rotary clubs. The success of a club is directly attributable to the satisfaction levels of the members of the club. If you have highly satisfied members, your club is prospering and attaining its goals. If members are not satisfied your club membership declines. 

    Your club is participating in a monthly 1-question membership survey. I ask that you participate and provide your rating of how your club is doing and PLEASE add any ideas or comments you have that will make your club better.

    You never know when a great idea will come and your club needs to hear them all. 

    Remember every 1-question membership survey is 100% anonymous. Thank you!
    Membership Minute Michael Boyer 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Aug 15, 2017
    The Rotary Club of Ventura East happily participated in a “Backpack” project for needy youngsters in the Ventura Unified School District.  The project has been done by the Ventura Rotary Club for 17 years.  This year it was a combined effort involving the three clubs from Ventura:  Ventura, Ventura East and Ventura South as well as the Downtown Lions Club and other volunteers.
    Cooperation is the Name of the Game! 2017-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

    Register now for the 2017 District 5240 Conference and come Celebrate Rotary!  October 6-8, 2017, at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

    Highlights include:

    • Aloha Welcome Reception  🏝
    • Inspiring Speakers 
    • Celebration Dinner with Sgt. Pepper Band 🎸
    • Project Expo
    • Excursions 🚌
    • Raffle to Eradicate Polio
    • Rotaract 50th Anniversary Celebration 🎉
    • Loads of Fun and Fellowship!

    Go to www.rotary5240dc.com for more information and to register and make your hotel reservation. Hotel rooms are going fast and the room block is only good until September 15, so make your hotel reservation now.

    A HUGE thanks to our conference sponsors:  

    Celebrate Rotary at the 2017 District 5240 Conference 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotary District 5240 PRLS Class Schedule for the 2017-18 Rotary Year

    So that you can plan ahead to take advantage of the excellent training provided by PRLS, here is the 2017-2018 schedule.

    For more information contact Marta Brown, D5240 PRLS Director (Oxnard Rotary Club).  To register, visit the District 5240 Events Calendar , select the class you want to attend from the calendar and complete your registration on the window that opens up.  


    September 22, 2017 Introduction to Rotary, President-Elect Retreat, Santa Maria

    October 6, 2017 Introduction to Rotary, District Conference

    October 20-22, 2017 MPRLS Weekend, Oxnard




    January 6, 2018 Introduction to Rotary, Midterm Meeting Santa Barbara/Ventura

    January 13, 2018 Introduction to Rotary, Midterm Meeting Bakersfield 

    February 23-25, 2018 MPRLS Weekend, Santa Maria

    March 10, 2018 Introduction to Rotary, District Assembly, Bakersfield

    March 24, 2018 Introduction to Rotary, District Assembly, Oxnard 

    April 20-22 MPRLS Weekend, Bakersfield

    PRLS Class Schedule 2017-2018 Marta Brown 2017-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
    Come Preview the 2018 Rose Parade Float 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Become a 2018 Rotary Rose Parade Float Sponsor 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Do you collect Rotary lapel pins?  The District has amassed quite a collection and we're looking for a good home for them.  If you are interested, please email Deb at deljwt@comcast.net .  The pins are free - the first to email Deb gets them! 
    Please note: Pins shown here are for illustration only and are not necessarily like the ones  you will receive.
    Collectable Rotary Pins - Free to First to Respond 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

    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.
    We Want to Share Your Club Stories 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
    I want to start this message by saying “THANK YOU!”  to everyone who has sent their well wishes and positive thoughts my way over the past few weeks. Your support and prayers have inspired me greatly. I continue to be in a very good place.
    Needless to say, I didn’t plan on starting my DG year this way, but I feel so blessed to be surrounded by my caring Rotary family and friends. By the time you read this, I will be home resting after a short and action packed 6 days at the Hotel Sierra Vista (hospital). Things are going well! 
    I’m particularly excited about the seven club visits (and several socials) I was able to make before taking a “surgery vacation.”  I visited the Rotary Clubs of Morro Bay (go Home Team!); Lompoc (can anyone say “evening wine”?); Morro Bay Sunset (with my daughter as President, so special!); Ojai (Smiling projects!); Fillmore (ever meet in a Corvette Showroom? – WOW!); Ventura (large club with a small club feel!); and Pismo-Five Cities (they do so many projects they budget $1,000 to help other clubs that need a little boost).  All the clubs were so welcoming and fun! 
    My wife Christine joined me for 6 of my first 7 club visits (unfortunately the one visit she missed was unavoidable). For us, it was a wonderful opportunity to spend time together traveling, visiting, and having a truly grand time!  We brought our grandson Jack to one of the socials, the night before my surgery. The social had tri-tip- and every great food you can imagine. I brought what I could eat: green Jell-O. Guess what Jack wanted? Green Jell-O like Grandpa! Everyone had a blast!
    I’m so impressed with the great work being done by all the dedicated members in each club, and I was thrilled to be able to recognize some of them during my club visits. If these seven clubs are any indication, I know it is going to be a fantastic year!  I also want to thank all the clubs that had to reschedule my visits at the last minute. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your flexibility and support. 
    Important reminder:  Registration is now open for our 2017 District Conference in Ventura October 6-8, 2017, so be sure to go online and register and make your hotel reservation (there is a flyer in this newsletter). We’re going to have a blast!  And for me, it will be a very special time for me to Celebrate Rotary with all of you, and to thank you in person for your support. 
    August is MEMBERSHIP MONTH and you will receive some exciting news about some membership innovations taking place right now. Passport and Sunset clubs, polling, district growth and retention, and monthly webinars taking place between Club and District Membership leaders. It is a great time to be alive, a Rotarian and to Celebrate Making a Difference!
    I look forward to resuming my club visits as soon as I am able. Christine will join me whenever she can. Together, we look forward to seeing all of you real soon!  In the meantime, continue Making a Difference in the world!
    Yours in Service, 
    John Weiss
    Happy Rotary Summer! John Weiss 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

    I am pleased to announce the 2017-18 PRLS Class Schedule is complete. A reference copy is attached and will be posted to the District website shortly.  

    This year's schedule includes several Introduction to Rotary courses through March 2018, the first step in the PRLS series. There are also 3 Master PRLS weekend seminars during the year. Participating in a weekend seminar will allow you to master your Practical Rotary Leadership Skills (PRLS) and the grants qualification class for your club.   

    If you have previously started the Master PRLS classes, you may also take just the classes you need to complete the program during a weekend event. 

    Please see the attached class schedule and share it with your club members at your earliest opportunity. Please contact me if you have questions regarding the  information provided. 

    Yours in Rotary Service,

    Marta Brown

    D5240 PRLS Director

    Oxnard Rotary Club

    Practical Rotary Leadership Skills (PRLS) Marta Brown 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jul 13, 2017
    Third Annual Raffle Fundraiser to Support Local Charities 2nd Place Prize is a One Week Stay at a Las Vegas Condominium Resort
    The Arroyo Grande Rotary Club is again partnering with Santa Maria Harley-Davidson® to raise money for local nonprofits.  The grand prize winner at the July 29th drawing event will win a Harley-Davidson® 2017 Road Glide Special including CA sales tax and registration fees!  2nd Prize will be a one week stay at a condominium vacation resort in Las Vegas.  A maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold giving purchasers very good odds!  Tickets are available via local retailers check www.RotaryHarleyRaffle.com for locations or directly from a member of the AG Rotary Club or by calling 805-270-3936.
    The big Drawing Event will happen at the Santa Maria Harley-Davidson store on Saturday, July 29th, from 2pm until 5pm.  The festivities will include food, drinks and a local live band favorite, The CliffNotes.  Additionally, AmpSurf will be sponsoring a Veterans Therapeutic Ride and “Poker Run” that morning ending at the Drawing Event in Santa Maria.
    The Santa Maria Harley-Davidson Dealership has again joined the AG Rotary Club as the Raffle’s Major Sponsor.  Raffle Partners (and beneficiaries) are Dana Adobe, AmpSurf, CampFire, The Village of Arroyo Grande Association and RISE. Additional sponsors include Rabobank, David Tennant Insurance Agency, Oyster Loft, Burdine Printing, Russ Brown Attorneys and the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery.  Media sponsors are the Tolosa Press, El Dorado Broadcasters, Dimes Central Coast and Emerald Wave Media.
    Win a New Harley-Davidson Motorcycle in AG Rotary Charity Raffle! 2017-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
    Started in the bicentennial year of 1976 the Push-em Pull-em Parade has grown to become a July 4 th tradition for many families in Ventura. The Push-em Pull-em is a non-mechanized parade to celebrate our nations birthday and practically all of the participants wear their “Red White and Blue” to mark the occasion. It’s amazing to see the wagons, strollers, bikes and yes even small floats that families decorate to celebrate the 4 th ! This year the parade was started by our parade participants singing “God Bless America” just prior to the start of the parade. Truly a great family event and a great way to start the 4 th of July festivities!
    Rotary Club of Ventura-East celebrates 42 years of hosting the July 4th Push-em Pull-em Parade in Ventura. 2017-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Camarillo, CA – On Monday, July 17th the Rotary Clubs of Camarillo will host the 25th annual Care For Kids Golf Classic at Spanish Hills Country Club with a field of golfers of all skill levels ready to enjoy a day of challenging golf in shotgun format. Organized by the Rotary Clubs of Camarillo to benefit Casa Pacifica and other Rotary charities, the tournament is chaired this year by Kevin Nunn and Kevin Estes, who along with their tournament committee have planned another exciting, competitive, and fun-filled day in honor of the tournament’s 25thanniversary. Each golfer will receive a wonderful tee-package, and in addition to the gross and net play competition, will have the option to compete in long-drive and on-course “Closest to the Hole” contests. After their great day of challenging golf, the players will enjoy a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception and awards dinner in the clubhouse, and raise more money for Casa Pacifica and the other charities through a large opportunity drawing and a live auction. The tournament is proud to have Advanced Motion Controls as its Title Sponsor this year.
    Care For Kids Golf Classic Celebrates 25 Years of Helping the Community! 2017-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
    Celebrate Rotary at the 2017 District Conference 2017-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
    Happy 4th of July! Ryan Mills 2017-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
    District Awards 2016-2017
    Overall Club Achievement Award
    Overall Club- Ventura
    Large Club- Thousand Oaks
    Medium Club- Simi Sunset
     Small Club- Grover Beach
    Club Service
    Large- Ventura
    Medium- Pismo Beach- Five Cities
    Small- Cayucos Seaside
    Community Service
    Large- Simi Sunrise
    Medium- Nipomo
    Small- Grover Beach
    International Service
    Large- Thousand Oaks
    Medium- Moorpark
    Small- Carpenteria Morning
    Vocational Service
    Large- Ventura
    Medium- Moorpark
    Small- Carpenteria Morning
    Youth Service
    Large- Thousand Oaks
    Medium- Simi Sunset
    Small- Newbury Park
    Large- Ventura
    Medium- SLO Daybreak
    Small- Grover Beach
    Large- Simi Sunrise
    Medium- Simi Sunset
    Small- Newbury Park
    Public Image
    Large- Ventura
    Medium- Pismo Beach- Five Cities
    Small- Grover Beach
    District Medal Status
    San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
    San Luis Obispo
    Thousand Oaks
    Simi Sunrise
    Morro Bay
    Ojai West
    Pismo Beach-Five Cities
    Santa Maria Breakfast
    Simi Sunset
    Ventura East
    Bakersfield Breakfast
    Bakersfield Twilight
    Santa Barbara Sunrise
    Carpenteria Morning
    Grover Beach
    Goleta Noontime
    Newbury Park
    Cayucos Seaside
    Conejo Valley
    Moorpark Morning
    Paso Robles Noon
    Arroyo Grande
    Los Olivos
    San Luis Obispo Daybreak
    Ventura South
    Bakersfield North
    Santa Maria
    Santa Maria South
    Indian Wells Valley
    Santa Barbara
    Simi Valley
    E-Club of One World
    Five Cities- Eco Club
    District Achievement Award
    Centennial High School
    Santa Susana High School
    Moorpark High School
    Paso Robles High School
    Newbury Park High School
    Carpenteria High School
    Simi Valley High School
    Royal High School
    San Luis Obispo
    Conejo Valley
    Santa Barbara
    District Awards 2016-2017 2017-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

    District Awards- Individuals

    John Padilla Humanitarian Service Award – Kendra Kimlinger, Arroyo Grande

    Heather Frankle Dreamcatcher Award – Ron Block, Newbury Park

    Heather Frankle Dreamcatcher Award – Richard Cayla Rowe

    District Governor Award for Meritorious Service – Becky Savell, Simi Valley

    District Governor Award for Meritorious Service – Deb Holler, Simi Valley

    District Governor Award for Meritorious Service – Jim Eaton, Central Coast Passport – 5240

    District Governor Award for Meritorious Service – Lyle Pennington, Moorpark

    Robert “Jock” McKenzie Leadership in Education Award – Marta Brown, Oxnard

    Samuel L. Greene Service Above Self Award – Scott Farrenkopf, Moorpark

    Rotarian of the Year – Marilyn Lippiatt, Westlake Village Sunrise


    District Awards- Individuals 2017-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Santa Barbara Sunrise Rotary- Teacher of the Year Award

    “La Cuesta is a special community that provides students with a second chance. I am so fortunate to be on a team of educators that is united in our goal to support our students and families.”
    —Mike Mowers, Physical Science/Art Teacher, La Cuesta Continuation High School
    The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise honored La Cuesta Continuation High School teacher Mike Mowers with the La Cuesta Teacher of the Year award. The award recognizes exemplary teachers who contribute to quality education and inspire students from all backgrounds and abilities.
    “Mike Mowers brightens any room and situation with his positivity, energy and sense of humor. He is an expert Physics and Art teacher. He brings enthusiasm and engagement to every lesson and activity,” says Elise Simmons, Principal, La Cuesta Continuation.
    Santa Barbara Sunrise- Teacher of the Year Award 2017-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
    As the 2016-2017 Rotary Year Ends
    I want to thank every Rotarian in District 5240 for the good you have done in the world.  Together, we have fought disease, provided clean water, saved mothers and children, supported education, grown local economies and promoted peace. We have looked for projects in our local communities that need to be done and we have done them. We have reached out to our youth, supported our seniors, assisted those in need. We have touched the lives of thousands of people – many of whom we will never know. In doing so, we have helped to create a more peaceful world.
    Message from Past District Governor Nick Frankle 2017-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Global Grant- Rotary Clubs of Santa Barbara North and Machakos Syokimau
    The objective is to drill a water well in a rural area of Kenya near the town of Machakos where the local people have come together and raised funds to build a high school.  Due to the high drop out rate of the high-school-aged children in the area, the families took on the job of building the school from donations.  It has been recognized by the Kenyan government as a registered high school.  The locals would like to make it into a boarding school because of the distance the students need to walk to get to school, and due to the danger of walking in the early mornings and late afternoons, especially for the female students.  Walking long distances is necessary because the school does not have its own water source.
    Global Grant 2017-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Camarillo Rotary Scholarships
    The winners of the essay contest this year are:
    1st place (on photo R) - Lauren Boswell, 2nd place (in Middle)  - Rain Galano, 3rd place (on photo L) - Melanie Badalian

    On May 24, the Rotary Club of Camarillo awarded college scholarships to eight deserving students.  Applications were invited from all high schools in the Camarillo area.  We are happy to announce that:
    Camarillo Rotary Scholarships 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Club of Oxnard selected as “Service Organization of the Year” 
    by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
    Kendall A. VanConas, President of the Rotary Club of Oxnard, is pleased to share that the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce has selected the Rotary club as the “Service Organization of the Year” by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. The club is proud of its commitment to community service, which includes scholarship awards to high school seniors, regularly recognizing the commitment of local teachers, and support of the Nyeland Acres Community Center, which houses a Boys & Girls Club for the children of Nyeland Acres.
    Rotary Club of Oxnard 2017-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Club of Santa Ynez 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Santa Maria South Supports Transitions Mental Health Growing Grounds
    May 6, 2017 was the date of the Rotary Santa Maria South’s “Run/Walk for Mental Health”, a third year fundraiser partially benefiting the Transitions Mental Health Growing Grounds Program, which provides rehabilitation through horticulture therapy to individuals with mental health issues. This year’s event was designed as a 5K/10K Run/Walk, to offer opportunities for runners and longer distance participants. Fifty percent of the net funds raised will go to the Growing Grounds program of Transitions Mental Health.
    Santa Maria Rotary 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0

    Strategic Planning Committee is Alive and Well in Ventura

    For the first time ever, Ventura Rotary has a Strategic Planning Committee thanks to the directive of Rotary International.  President-Elect Ellyn Dembowski was inspired by the challenge from RI and set out to create a Strategic Plan for the Club.  She amassed a strong group of active Rotarians (the majority of which are new members to the club) and followed the action items suggested by RI.  The first task for the committee was to engage in a member survey. 

    Strategic Planning 2017-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Clubs Throughout Ventura Join Forces for Rotarians at Work Day

    The Rotary Clubs of Ventura, Ventura East, and Ventura South partnered together for a Rotarians at Work Day project.  The three clubs have each committed a significant contribution to the completion of the Ventura Botanical Gardens and on April 28, more than 50 Rotarians from throughout Ventura gathered together on the iconic hillside to give the Botanical Gardens a facelift – pulling weeds, cleaning trash, planting new seeds, and preparing a special are for a soon-to-be Rotary Gazebo.


    Rotary Work Day Ventura 2017-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

    Santa Barbara Sunrise Rotary Supports Bright Smiles for the 6th Consecutive Year 

    The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise partnered with the Eastside Family Dental Clinic (operated by the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics) to sponsor Free Dental Day, free oral health treatment services for individuals who cannot afford to pay for major dental work. The event has been sponsored by Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise since 2012 and has provided dental procedures for hundreds of Santa Barbara residents.

    Santa Barbara Sunrise 2017-05-15 07:00:00Z 0


    Linda Johansen of Solvang spent her 68th birthday working at the Piyali Learning Centre, a girls school in an impoverished village in India.My trip to India in January was my 68th birthday present to myself.  Little did I know, it would be one of the most difficult trips I have ever taken, but without a doubt and absolutely, the most meaningful and rewarding trip, and the best birthday gift I have ever received.Deepa Willingham, a fellow Rotarian and member or our community, by sheer tenacity and determination has accomplished the impossible by building a beautiful private girls school in the midst of poverty and squalor like I have never seen or experienced before. The Piyali Learning Centre is undoubtedly a true miracle.

    Nancy Louise Falconer, District 5240 Secretary
    4/19/1939 – 4/20/2017

    A longtime Simi Valley resident, Nancy passed away after a brief illness.
    Nancy was born in Los Angeles Ca.  She was always an excellent student, and received the highest marks in all her subjects. After graduating from Van Nuys High School in 1960, she headed straight to The University of Arizona to pursue her dream, which was to coach athletics. While at U of A, Nancy studied hard and excelled in several sports. Sadly, a knee injury sidelined her career. Nancy returned to Los Angeles and went to work in banking. She began her lifelong career at Security First National Bank, which later became Security Pacific Bank.
    Cards can be sent to Robert Falconer 4212 E. Los Angeles Ave, #4766, Simi Valley CA 93063
    Nancy Falconer Remembered 2017-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
    Nancy Falconer Obituary 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Past District Governor Wade Nomura- The Passing of First Lady Roxanne Nomura
    May 9, 2017

    It is with much sadness that I share the news that Roxanne Nomura, wife of PDG Wade Nomura, a Charter Member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning, and a good friend to everyone in District 5240, left us on May 9th.

    A Memorial Service for Roxanne is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at the Boys and Girls Club in Carpinteria beginning at 11:00 AM.   Additional information will be posted on the District website as it becomes available.

    Cards  and expressions of sympathy can be sent to 5410 Hales Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013.

    Donations can be made to The Carpinteria Morning Rotary Foundation for the Roxanne Nomura Scholarship Fund, or the Carpinteria Morning Rotary Foundation for the Tomol Interpretive Play Area.
     at the following address:

    Morning Rotary of Carpinteria Charitable Foundation Inc.
    P.O. Box 703
    Carpinteria , CA 93014

    Please keep the Nomura family in your thoughts and prayers.

    Yours In Rotary Service,


    Message from Wade Nomura on Facebook:

    Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for Roxanne. She gave it a Great Fight but just couldn't beat the odds and passed on to her next life today. Thank you for being a major part of my life. I'll miss you, but you will always be a huge part of my life.
    Condolences and Prayers to the Nomura Family 2017-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
    Hopeland School, Kitoola Uganda Global Grant
    Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, completed its Global Grant this Rotary year at Hopeland High School, Uganda. This is one of two schools run by Valence Lutaisire of the Rotary Club of Lugzi. The school had no electricity and limited water. The Rotary Club of Mukono and Pismo Beach joined together to install water catchments on all the buildings and 4 large holding tanks for the water. We also installed solar panels on all the buildings, so that the interior and exterior had lights. That done, a new computer lab with 10 computers and desks were added.
    Global Grant-Hopeland School and Rotary Club of Pismo Beach 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

    Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet- Rotary Club of Camarillo

    Saturday May 13 from 8 am to 4 pm at Adolfo Camarillo High School Track

    The Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet is a Camarillo tradition.  Rotarian Hap Rapp founded the meet for aspiring young athletes 55 years ago.The meet will be on Saturday May 13 at the Adolfo Camarillo High School Track.  The meet is designed for 4th through 8th graders to discover their athletic ability.  Over 300 students from 14 schools are expected to participate.  Events include the 50 and 100-yard dash, high jump, long jump, shot put, relay and distance races.  Dozens of volunteers will measure and time the events.  Ribbons will be presented and high scores will be posted.  The Guy Craig Memorial Award will go to the school that demonstrates the best overall preparedness, sportsmanship, conduct and cooperation. For more information about Rotary, see www.camarillorotary.org.


    Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
    Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival
    The annual Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival will be held on June 3, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Lavinia Campbell Park in downtown Los Olivos. This event produced by the Rotary  Club of Los Olivos features wines poured by thirty local wineries along with food prepared by thirty chefs, plus olive products vendors, and, of course, world-class live jazz, with GRAMMY-nominee  Denise Donatelli joined again by some of the biggest names in jazz and popular music, for an all-inclusive price of $65.
    Enthusiastic attendees come from throughout California and other states, and, as attendance is limited to 650, we expect to sell out again this year.  It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance.
    They may be obtained locally at the Book Loft in Solvang, by telephone at (805) 325- 9280   and on line at jazzandolivefestival.org
    Find hotels at visitSYV.com
    Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
    Headlines of Youth Service Activities in District 5240
    The Youth Empowerment Summit (YES!) was held at Camp Rotary in Simi Valley for the third year in a row. The event is put on by the Rotary Club of Simi Valley, Rotary Club of Simi Sunset, and Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. This is a One Day workshop for high school students where they will be inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues they are faced with daily. The day includes the following sessions that enhance personal growth and development: Ethics, Team Building, Diversity, and Leadership.
    Rotary Club of Simi Valley Interact Club puts on a Charity Ball, a fundraiser that provides new soccer balls to children in poverty-stricken communities worldwide.
    The Royal High School Interact Club also was an integral part of FAYM 2015 and 2016.  The funds raised here go to Dorrs of Faith Orphange in Mexico. Five of the Royal High School Interact Club members went to Mexico to deliver funds and spend time helping at the orphanage. This year the students raised over $4000.
    Los Olivos Rotary Club New Generations Chair Ulises Castaneda and his spouse with six Los Olivos Dunn High School students in Gautamala where they assisted masons and family members build a housing structure.

    Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North sent 4 students to RYLA camp: Erin Bies, Dan Willett, Zachary Guttentag and Anthony Luna.  They will attend the Rotary meeting of May 10 to present their observations.
    Pictured with Past President Susan Weaver, the Rotary E-Club of One World D5240 was pleased to sponsor Natalie Garza and Gerardo "Jerry" Aguilar from Arvin High School to RYLA 2017!  Two more lives changed by RYLA!
    Youth Service in Action 2017-05-02 07:00:00Z 0


    Dear District 5240 Rotary Club Leaders,

    As Rotary Year 2016-17 comes to a close, now is the time to meet with your club members and remind each other of all the accomplishments you have achieved this  rotary year, all the good that you have done and all the hard work and effort you  participated in to help make your community and our world a better place.

    A great way to thank the Rotarians in your club for their successes and accomplishments is to complete the District Recognition Application and  be able present your club members with banner patches and certificates that say "Thank You" from District 5240.  As Rotarians committed to “Service Above Self” I know that we do not work for awards.  We work for the joy we bring to others and we receive our "payment"  in the currency of the heart.

    District Awards Criteria 2016-2017 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Club of Ojai- Senior Career Day
    Every year Rotary Club of Ojai works with local high school staff to bring a healthy dose of reality to 180 Nordhoff High School seniors in the last week of April during Rotary Senior Career Day.  During the two-hour program, an inspiring keynote speaker was followed by a chance for students to meet in small groups with 48 local people from varied careers.   For twenty minutes two or more adults met in a circle with 8-12 students who had indicated interest in their fields, and told the students what their jobs were really like.  Students were matched to three groups according to their interests, so heard the stories of 6-9 adults. Presenters were encouraged to talk about their careers more like story telling than as a lecture, as if they were talking to a younger relative or friend in a personal way.
    Rotary Club of Ojai- Senior Career Day 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Guatemala Service Trip
    Rotarians and Unity Church Returns from Guatemala Service Trip
    Sixteen people from the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, Rotaract, and Unity Church recently returned from nine days of service in Guatemala. The group partnered with Mayan Families, a non-profit dedicated to educate, feed, shelter, and heal indigenous Guatemalans. In Guatemala, nearly 80% of the indigenous population lives on less than $2 a day and 50% of children are chronically malnourished. Additionally, over 3 million Guatemalans lack access to safe drinking water.
    The groups were able to raise over $17,000 to assist families in towns around Lake Atitlan. Throughout the week they built 1 home, installed 12 stoves, assembled 6 water filters, installed 2 concrete floors, worked in preschools, and distributed school and medical supplies to local families. 
    Guatemala Service Trip- Rotary Club of Santa Barbara 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    May is Youth Service Month
    When I was very young and Mother's Day came around, I used to ask my mother "when was children's day?" She, as all mothers do, told me that "every day was children's day!"
    While Rotary International has designated May as Youth Service Month, in truth every month is Youth Service Month.  In my travels around District
    5240, I am overwhelmed by the commitment of the Rotarians in our district to the youth of their communities.  We have over seventy-five Interact clubs where each week, Rotarians help students learn about the joy of giving back.
    We hold ethics days and financial literacy days to help them prepare for the future.  Rotary Youth Exchange offers the opportunity to learn about other cultures by living them. Our district's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards changes the lives of hundreds of future leaders. We build self-esteem and confidence by entrusting third graders with dictionaries - often the first book they have owned. We tutor, we mentor, we support, we engage. Now is a great time to recommit to your support of the Youth Serviceprograms of your club.  Get involved.  Make a We make a difference in the lives of the next generation and in doing help ensure a  more peaceful world to come.
    Yours In Rotary Service,
    Governor Nick Frankle's Message May 2017 2017-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Paul Harris Fellow Awards and Giving to the Rotary Foundation Changes Lives 2017-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
    District Governor Nick Frankle's Step-Down Event 2017-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
    How to Get a Two Minutes and Twelve Seconds Rotary Commercial to 73 Million People under $200K
    That was the challenge a group of dedicated Rotarians faced last year when the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee (RRPFC) meet to decide on a theme for the 38th consecutive Rotary entry in the Pasadena Tournament of Rose Parade.  To be effective the message had to be universally understood and show the impact Rotary has on people’s lives around the world. 
    Rotary Float Rose Parade 2017 2017-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
    Memories of Nancy Falconer - by Jim Lewis
    Memories of Nancy Falconer - by Jim Lewis
    I met Nancy in 2005, just before going to India for an NID with PDG Anil Garg. I needed some D 5240 pins, and she asked me if I could drop by her house to pick them up. I said, “No problem”. When she met me at the door, I knew I liked her already!  No nonsense, efficient, direct - that was Nancy’s style. She asked me to call when I returned, to tell her about my trip. I thought that was nice of her, and discovered then that she was very interested in Rotary's fight to end Polio.
    Tribute to Nancy Falconer 2017-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
    ROTARY DISTRICT 5240 - 2016/17
    “The 4-Way Test” Essay Contest Winners"

    The 4-Way Test of Things We Think, Say or Do
    • Is it the truth?
    • Is it fair to all concerned?
    • Will it build good will and better friendships?
    • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
    Elementary Level
    1st Place Karla Pacheco 4th Grade Battles Elementary
    Rotary Club of Santa Maria
    2nd Place Selma Rahim 5th Grade Ocean View Elementary
    Rotary of Pismo Beach
    3rd Place Erica Siegmund 3rd Grade Del Mar Elementary
    Rotary Club of Morro Bay

    Please click to the next page for the continued list of winners
    Announcing! Winners of The Four Way Test Contest! 2017-04-29 07:00:00Z 0

    Global Grant to Provide Toilets to Girls In Karnataka State

    Rotary Club of Bangalore South (D3190) and Rotary Club of Westlake Village (D5240) have partnered on this project to provide 110 toilet units to villages in Karnataka State.

    Without safe toilets, women and girls have to relieve themselves outdoors at night, putting them at risk of sex harassment and assault.  Studies by many organizations in India have shown that literacy rate in India among girl students drops due to lack of access to safe toilets.

    Indirect beneficiaries will include approximately 330 women living in the houses.


    Other greater benefits include hygienic practice and awareness in the neighborhood that helps to develop good routine habits, and spark the necessary conversation about sanitation habits.  


    The total project budget is US $44,000, of which RC Westlake Village has committed $9000.  (RC Moorpark in District 5240 has already pledged $1000.  RC Bangalore South is committing $2000.)


    How can you help?  If you would like to support this worthy project, please contact us for the documentation.  We can only accept the first nine donors at $1,000 each (plus the TRF fee of 5%, if donating for PH recognition).

    Please contact us at: RotaryJMA@gmail.com to join us.  


    Global Grant- Toilets 2017-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotarians of San Luis Obispo and Rancho El Chorro
    With rain predicted,these incredible Rotarians from the SLO Clubs came out to Rancho El Chorro to construct the amphitheater today, Thursday, a WORK DAY, because Saturday is off the schedule due to rain!!!   Are these Rotarians great or what? 
    As you can see, the site has been graded and decomposed granite laid, and now here they are putting in the piers and floor joists. And as you can see I am guarding the materials from theft. It’s an exhausting responsibility. WHEW!
    For the Rotary Club of Compostela:
    Con lluvia predicho, estos increíble rotarios de los clubes SLO salieron a Rancho El Chorro para construir el anfiteatro hoy, el jueves, un día de trabajo, porque el sábado es el horario debido a la lluvia! ¿Son estos grandes rotarios o qué? 
    Como puedes ver, el sitio ha sido clasificado y puesto de granito descompuesto, y ahora aquí están poniendo en los pilares y las vigas del piso. Y como veis estoy protegiendo los materiales de los robos. Es una responsabilidad agotadora. ¡UF!
    Sua en Rotorio
    Yours in Rotary,
    Steve Geil
    Rotary Club of Cayucos

    Rotarians of San Luis Obispo 2017-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
    Atlanta District Reception 2017 2017-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
    Thousand Oaks Rotary Club Global Grant - Hearing Aids for Forty Children in Tijuana
    In Rotary year 2014-2015, the Tijuana Rotary Club partnered with  the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club on the hearing aids grant in Tijuana .  Due to multiple corrections required by the international foundation, the grant was delayed until Rotary year 2015-2016.  (The Thousand Oaks Rotary was instrumental in helping with these corrections.)  After the corrections were made, the Rotary Foundation okayed the grant and the grant was funded - and the hearing aid installation date was set to March 1, 2017.
    On March 1, 2017, The Thousand Oaks Rotary Club was invited to Tijuana to witness over 40 children receive hearing aids supplied by global grant GG1526506. This grant also included speech therapy and computers to train the children in their Spanish language. There were 4 of us from The Thousand Oaks Rotary Club who attended this amazing event. 
    Two highlights from the event stood out:
    Thousand Oaks Rotary Club Global Grant - Hearing Aids 2017-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
    April is Maternal and Child Health Month
    The area of focus that enables Rotarians to save mothers and their children. If mothers are empowered and healthy, so are their families, leading to an alleviation of poverty and hunger.  Rotary makes high-quality health care available locally and globally to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.  As Rotarians, we expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.  
    Within District 5240, examples of Rotarian community support include:
    Local free clinics that care for mothers and children including immunizations and cancer screenings; vision and dental screenings and corrective actions when needed; before school and after school programs for at risk children.
    Internationally, Rotarians in our district support midwife training, childhood immunizations, medical clinics, corrective surgeries, training for medical professionals.  
    As a Peacebuilder District we know that the path to peace begins with elimination of extreme poverty. If mothers are empowered and healthy, so are their families, leading to an alleviation of hunger and poverty and a more peaceful world.   
    Governor Nick Frankle's Message April 2017 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
    Service to Women and Children Featuring
    Dr. Rob Skankey
    Ojai Rotarian Dr. Bob Skankey is happiest when he is using his years of training and experience as an obstetrician and gynecologist to improve the health of women – and the more remote and underserved the location is, the happier he is to work there.  
    After 28 years of delivering over 3000 babies in the Ojai Valley, Dr. Bob closed his practice in 1997 and expanded his horizons to teach health care workers and care for women in Bolivia, Tonga, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mali, Honduras, and Niger.  He trained in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, to learn more about surgical repair of vaginal fistulas.  
    As a member of Rotary Club of Ojai’s active International Service Committee, Dr. Bob offered boots-on-the-ground expertise in maternal and infant health projects, as well as encouragement for other people’s projects.  Dr. Bob’s favorite projects were when he found innovative ways to adapt medical knowledge and technology to meet local needs in a sustainable way.  
    Service to Women and Children Featuring Dr. Rob Skankey 2017-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

    Promise of Assurance to Children Everywhere- PACE


    The subject of Maternal and Child Health also includes poverty, abuse of women and child trafficking.  This is an article of how Rotary, working in a strategic partnership with an US non-profit organization – PACE Universal of which I am a member, is tackling these issues and achieving sustainable results by implementing programs in the six areas of focus.

    There are currently 62 million girls that do not go to school and more than 1 billion women living in poverty.

    As was emphasized at STEPS, child trafficking is the second largest industry in the world and the fastest growing.

    PDG Deepa Willingham started PACE Universal (PACE), Promise of Assurance to Children Everywhere, in 2003. The goal was to establish the PACE Learning Center (PLC) in Piyali, a village 45 km from the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), which was steeped in abject poverty and was one of the hot beds for child trafficking.  At PLC PACE was committed to changing lives through education. Deepa’s goal was to enroll 20 girls. 

    There are now 250 students and the waiting list grows daily. It is a magical and empowering place.  An oasis of hope, learning and love.  This is how it began. 

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    Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime- Service Award 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
    Cayucos Rotary Club Masquerade Ball- Click to Download 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
    In Rotary Year 2015-16, District 5240 made a commitment to become a Peacebuilder District. We also made a commitment to wage peace wherever we can – in our local communities and in communities around the world. We are establishing Peacebuilder Club program designed to enhance Rotary’s mission of ‘advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace’ through the promotion of programs and projects aligning with the six areas of focus and in particular the #1 Area of Focus – Peace, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution. Priority will be given to youth and peace education projects and in gaining the assistance of the graduates of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program for local support.
    What Is Peace?  It is not just an absence of war. Peace is:
    • Lack of Poverty
    • Lack of Injustice
    • Lack of Hopelessness
    • Lack of Non-Human Environment
    Become A Peacebuilder Club 2017-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    March is Water and Sanitation Month
    Rotary International has designated March as Water and Sanitation month. We in District 5240 are very fortunate. We turn on our taps and expect clean, drinkable water to be available to us. We have indoor sanitation that helps prevent disease.  We learn good hygiene habits at an early age and use those habits to keep us and our families healthy.
    Others are not so fortunate.  Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to water and/or sanitation. More than one thousand children die each day from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water.  In District 5240, we take this problem seriously and have reached out to communities around the globe to improve water, sanitation and hygiene. 
    Governor Nick Frankle's Message March 2017 2017-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
    Water Harvesting in the Independence Aquifer, Guanajuato
    District 5240 Rotarians meet with community members speaking about the importance of clean water.  Note an existing cistern in the background.
    A global grant by the Rotary clubs of Simi Sunrise and San Miguel de Allende Midday was approved in March of 2016 for $200,000 to build 314 ferro-cement cisterns in the Independence Aquifer in central Mexico. The grant is expected to reach 2400 individuals and to be completed in roughly 18 months. The materials for the cisterns are provided by the grant and are built by teams made up of the project's beneficiaries.  Additionally, the grant provides for the development of training materials covering the water cycle, water contamination,  and what is “safe” drinking water. 
    Water Harvesting in the Independence Aquifer, Guanajuato  2017-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
    Las Mercedes Honduras Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project
    For the past eight years, the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise (District 5240) and the Rotary Club of Real de Minas Tegucigalpa (District 4250) have been working together on water and sanitation projects in the country of Honduras. The current project, funded by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant is to provide safe drinking water, improved sanitation and better hygiene to the community of Las Mercedes in the Villa San Antonio Municipality of the Comayagua Department, Honduras.
    Las Mercedes Honduras Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project  2017-02-27 08:00:00Z 0
    Bakersfield West Annual Cioppino Feed 2017-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
    March Membership Madness
    March is the month to bring in new members!
    During the month of March, ask each club member to bring
    at least one prospective member to a meeting.
    Give a prize of ???? for the sponsor of the first new member in March!
    (You pick the prize for your club! Paul Harris points?
    No fines for a year? Dinner at a nice restaurant?)
    March Membership Madness 2017-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

    The 34th Annual,  Evening of Magic, sponsored by The Camarillo Rotary Club, at the High Street Theater

    March 18, 2017, at 7:30PM

    This annual event has brought in Magic Castle Magicians who have performed all over the world.  This year’s cast includes, Paul Dwork, The Magic of Merlin, Mike Caveney, this year’s MC & and Comedy Magic performer known to keep crowds laughing and on the edge of their seats.  Also included is Tina Lenert, whose fancy style, includes dance & Magic, bringing elegance to the stage and  Stoil and Ekaterina, quick change artists from the Russian Ukraine. Finally, Television celebrity Christopher Hart, whose hands make magic, and was "Thing" in the Adams Family, will truly amaze with his magical routine. 

     Evening of Magic 2017-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
    How to Attract New Members
    When a Member, Visitor, or Press Journalist comes to your Club's website do they see a vibrant, active, happy, and productive club?
    Is your branding updated so the Rotary logo is visible? Is the Annual Presidential Theme updated? Are some of your latest projects and activities featured?
    As a Club Member we are so involved with "doing" that sometimes the "promoting" gets left to the wayside.
    Here are a few links to help update your site:
    To access go to www.rotary.org, then type "Brand Center" into the search field in the top right corner of the main site page.
    You will need to login to use the tools and templates and they really are quite useful.
    Here you will also find the Presidential Theme.
    Here is an example of the Club Logo Template.
    You have a few options of how to create and save the image.
    Here are a couple of examples of how clubs have used the new Rotary logo.
    Here is the Presidential Theme for 2016-2017-
    RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17.
    If you need help please email Becky Savell, District 5240 Communications Chair at  website@district5240.org
    How to Attract New Members 2017-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
    RYLA 2017 Information
    Upcoming RYLA Dates
    April 20 - 23, 2017
    We encourage Rotarians to visit the camp while in session. Please notify Nancy McKarney before you come at admin@ryla5240.org
    Your name must be on the list at the gate for entering.
    Registrations to be a RYLA volunteer are now open. We will be selecting final volunteers as counselors by the end of February.
    Click here to Register: 
    Nancy McKarney
    RYLA Administration
    Primary Phone: 805.927.0491
    Cell: 805.909.0358
    Fax: 805.832-6524
    Rotary Club of Cambria
    RYLA 2017 2017-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
    District Training Assembly- Registration is Now OPEN
    The District 5240 Training Assemblies are scheduled for March 18, 2017 in Bakersfield and April 1, 2017 in Oxnard. Each Assembly will run from 9:00AM to 12:30PM. Check-in and continental breakfast from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  The cost is free to all members. Training will focus on information for incoming Club Presidents, Officers, and Board Members (those who will be serving in 2017-18) although everyone is welcome.
    District Training Assembly- Registration is Now OPEN 2017-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

    In Rotary Year 2015-16, our district made a commitment to become a Peacebuilder District.  We began by making a contribution to The Rotary Foundation to provide support for the next class of Rotary Peace Fellows. We were delighted to learn that two of our peace scholar nominees were among those selected to receive fellowships.
    We also made a commitment to wage peace wherever we can – in our local communities and in communities around the world. We have established a Peacebuilder Club program designed to enhance Rotary’s mission of ‘advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace’ through the promotion of programs and projects aligning with the six areas of focus and in particular the #1 Area of Focus – Peace, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution. Priority is being given to youth and peace education projects and in gaining the assistance of the graduates of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program for local support.
    PEACE – THE NEXT FRONTIER 2017-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
    A Letter of Thanks
    To the members of my District 5240 Rotary Family,
    My family and I would like to thank each of you for the support and love that you have shown to us over the past several weeks as we have struggled with the loss of Heather who to us was wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Many of you have been with us from the beginning four years ago when she was first diagnosed with the cancer that ultimately claimed her life. On those days when Heather questioned why she should keep fighting, your prayers, good thoughts and energy lit up her room and gave her the strength to go on.
    Governor Nick Frankle's Message February 2017 2017-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
    ROTARY DISTRICT 5240 - 2016/17
    “The 4-Way Test” Essay Contest

    The 4-Way Test of Things We Think, Say or Do
    Is it the truth?
    Is it fair to all concerned?
    Will it build good will and better friendships?
    Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
    To encourage students to consider how “The 4-Way Test” can be used in everyday decision-making.
    This can be done by expressing their thoughts in an essay that relates a case or story where they applied these principles in their daily life.
    The 4-Way Test Essay Contest 2017-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

    Practical Relevant Leadership Skills - PRLS

    The Object of PRLS

    ​To provide a training environment for Rotarians to learn effectiveness as individuals on a daily basis.

    The goal of PRLS, begun in 1993, is to provide a set of training sessions wherein current and future Rotary leaders could learn to become more effective in their leadership roles.

    Basic PRLS has been renamed Intro to Rotary and consists of a half day with 3 modules: Rotary Then and Now, Leadership and Leading a Meeting and Communications and Speaking in Public. This program was specifically developed to train individuals whose goals include a future leadership position in Rotary. They learn skills that will make them more effective in that role.



    *** Special Rotary Weekend Save $50 ***

    All 5 Master PRLS Classes to Bakersfield $250

    OR Leadership - Facilitation Skills – Communications - Business Planning - Projects & Grants  ($60 Each)


    PRLS Springtime Classes 2017-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
    Tamesna Junior High School Development 2017-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
    FAYM (Festival of the Arts Youth Movement) is a music and arts festival that was created by the Interact clubs of Simi Valley last year to promote youth creativity. Music and arts are promoted through the interactive music and vendors. This year we are collaborating with Interact, Key club, Rotary club and Kiwanis of Ventura County to make this event larger since we are involving these large divisions of key club as well as the Interact clubs outside Simi Valley. All the proceeds made from this event will be used to provide vital materials to the Door of Faith Orphanage in Mexico.
    FAYM Feb.25, 2017 2017-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
    SAVE the DATE! District Training Assemblies
    The District 5240 Training Assemblies are scheduled for March 18, 2017 in Bakersfield and April 1, 2017 in Oxnard. Each Assembly will run from 9:00AM to 12:30PM. Check-in and continental breakfast from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  The cost is free to all members. Training will focus on information for incoming Club Presidents, Officers, and Board Members (those who will be serving in 2017-18) although everyone is welcome.
    Details and registration will follow soon.
    SAVE the DATE! District Training Assemblies 2017-01-05 08:00:00Z 0
    Heather Frankle and Women's Economic Ventures 2017-01-02 08:00:00Z 0
    Heather Frankle Project Fund
    Heather believed that the road to peace was based on improving the lives of others.  She was an ardent supporter of The Rotary Foundation and its commitment to sustainable projects that resulted in permanent change.   Heather was a pioneer in expanding the reach of Foundation grants around the world and locally in District 5240.
    The Heather Frankle Project Fund will be used to fund Rotary projects in District 5240 and in communities around the world that lift people out of poverty and provide them with a better future.  Emphasis will be in two areas of focus – Water and Sanitation and Economic and Community Development.  Heather knew that that the health of a community began with clean water and sanitation. She was committed to economic development with a focus on microfinance as a means of empowering people to realize their full potential.   She worked closely with the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) and Microfinance and Community Development (RAGM) to enable Rotarians to do good in the world.   Your contribution to the Heather Frankle Project Fund will continue her commitment to changing the world one life at a time.

    A special fund has been set up for contributions for the continuation of Heather’s humanitarian work.
    Donations will be accepted at the Heather Frankle Project Fund, C/O the Simi Sunrise Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 941101, Simi Valley, CA 93094-1101
    Heather Frankle Project Fund 2017-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
    The Conejo Valley Rotary Club Donates to the Wheelchair Foundation
    The Conejo Valley Rotary Club has raised funds for 7360 wheelchairs in 12 countries over the last 10 years. Diego Vasquez resents a check for $42,000 to David Behring, President of the Wheelchair Foundation along with Derrick Issa, incoming President of the Conejo Valley Rotary Club.
    Conejo Valley Rotary Club Donates Wheelchairs 2016-12-29 08:00:00Z 0
    Heather Frankle
    Please send prayers for the passing of Heather Frankle, Wife, Partner, and Soulmate of our District Governor, Nick Frankle.
    Heather passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday morning, December 23, 2016, after a four year fight with cancer.
    The celebration of Heather’s life will be held Sunday, January 15, 2017, 10:00 AM, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 6150 Mount Sinai Road, Simi Valley, CA 93063.
    Please Send Prayers, the Passing of Heather Frankle 2016-12-26 08:00:00Z 0
    Club Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Presidents-Elect Nominees

    Each January, we bring together the President-line from the clubs in District 5240 to exchange ideas and to meet with the District Governor for their year of service. We call these meetings Mid-Terms. It is a chance for current presidents to talk with future presidents and build the leadership culture that sustains Rotary our District.
    Mid-term meetings for RY 2016-17
    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Saturday, January 7 at Bakersfield College
    Saturday, January 14 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. (Requires $7.00 parking fee.)
    2016-2017 MID-TERM SEMINARS 2016-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
    In 2017 all of Rotary will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Rotary Foundation.  Can you do this in your own clubs?  Of course.  But why not actually BE there in Atlanta with all the other Rotarians from the world over where the foundation was established in 1917. In the last 100 years Rotary has become a powerful moving force for giving the help that makes lives around the world more tolerable and provides hope for something better.  It is a reason for all of us to gather at the convention to share with each other the reason for being Rotarians. 
    Atlanta is one of the premier cities of the South and will serve as the stepping off place to the wonders of DC and the beauty and intrigue of the East Coast where our country was founded.  Do a Google search and discover the foundations of the United States from Georgia to New England.  May through June is a great time to travel with perfect weather and no hurricanes!
    The Rotary Foundation's 100th birthday party is open to all of us and will be held June 14th. Do you have a copy of "Doing Good in the World", the story of the Foundation's first 100 years?  Or plan to buy one in the House of Friendship?  The author, David Forward, will hold a book signing at the convention. As for how the Foundation became a global leader in humanitarian service, the Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit at the House of Friendship will tell the story.
    This is an opportunity that will come only once in our lifetimes.  Join those of us who will be there in Atlanta and make your reservation now.
    Contact: Ashlea Boyer
    History is the RI Convention- On to Atlanta! 2016-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
    Disease Prevention and Treatment Month Video 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Rotary has Designated December as Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
    As you know, Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio. Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
    Now, as we are in the end game, we need your help.  Make a donation to Polio Plus. Your gift to the PolioPlus Fund is eligible for Paul Harris Society recognition. Maximize support for polio eradication within your club and your community by organizing a fundraiser. Follow the status of the polio eradication efforts at the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  Educate your community on Rotary’s leadership role in the eradication of this dreaded disease. 
    We are truly this close.
    District Governor Nick Frankle's Message December 2016-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
    What Does Rotary’s Monthly Themes Do for Your Club?
    December’s Rotary theme is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. One of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. So how is that important to me and my Rotary Club, when I’m so busy doing all the things associated with the holiday season this time of year? As the District Club Service Chair it is my job to help build strong Rotary clubs in Rotary District 5240. But to do that we need to have well educated members who are proud to be in Rotary and willing to share their pride.
    Wear your Rotary pins as we are meeting with family, friends and co-workers.  We are busy out shopping and attending holiday parties and exchanging ideas. Use the opportunity to promote Rotary and The Rotary Foundation. In spite of all the negative news we are bombarded with every day, Rotary is doing something right.  Use this month’s theme and start a positive conversation. Standup and be recognized as a Rotarian, talk about what your club is doing locally first.  But also talk about that project your Rotary club is doing, providing cataract surgery to a nearly sightless villager in Mexico, clean water to a town in South America or maybe a NID you were on.  If you need some ideas use this link.   
    Monthly Rotary Themes 2016-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
    Global Grant for Funding Early
    Childhood Education in Sri Lanka
    In 2015-16, 10 clubs in district 5240 helped fund a project that supported early childhood education by improving preschool teacher's training in rural Sri Lanka. That grant is now helping 375 preschool teachers (who are currently in training) to get their diploma.  This will benefit 7,500 children annually! However, there are still 15,000 preschool teachers that need a diploma.
    The Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime has now submitted a follow up grant because of the success with the previous one.
    We need commitment from clubs in District 5240 to reach a minimum of $10,000 in cash.
    Global Grant for Funding Early Childhood Education in Sri Lanka 2016-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
     The Rotary Club of Los Osos, Cayucos, and Morro Bay PADDLE TO END POLIO- Past Event October 23, 2016
    The weather was splendid in Morro Bay as the SURVIVEOars, a breast cancer support network, welcomed the Rotarians from six local clubs
    onto their two Dragon boats for a PADDLE TO END POLIO. Each paddler pledged to raise $100 and awareness prior to World Polio Day.
      We were honored  to have polio survivor Julie Jenkins and Past District Governor Loretta Butts as well as three club Presidents, energetic Rotarians and guests to learn the art of paddling the Dragon boats.
    Paddle to End Polio 2016-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
    Savi Bihm Selected as District Governor Elect Nominee 2019-20
    I am pleased to announce that Savi Bhim from the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise has been selected to serve as District 5240 Governor for Rotary Year 2019-20.
    Savi joined the Rotary Club of  Simi Sunrise in 2005. She has served her club in various areas including traveling to South Africa and South America to do International projects. In 2013-14 she served as president and because of the inspired actions of the 126 members, Simi Sunrise was recognized as the Best Overall Club in the district.
    Savi has served District 5240 in many capacities including Membership Advisor for Region 2 and  Group 5 Assistant Governor. She is currently serving as the District's Chief Operating Officer.  After attending PRLS, she was touched by the dedication and expertise of the instructors and became a district and PETS trainer. She has chaired and collaboratively planned many district events including District Conferences, seminars, retreats and the District Training Assembly. In addition, she has spoken at and emceed numerous Rotary events.
    Savi Bhim Selected as District Governore Elect Nominee 2019-20 2016-11-06 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Foundation by Brenda Cressey, Trustee-Elect 2017-2021
    The Rotary Foundation, with all its hopes and dreams, is because of each one of you.  The Foundation was the very reason why I joined and now remain a Rotarian.  In fact, the Foundation and its mission to eradicate Polio is the very reason why I joined Rotary 28 years ago.  
    Today, I am extremely humbled by my appointment to serve a four-year term on the Board of Trustees of The Rotary Foundation from 2017-2021. There are 15 members, each nominated by the president-elect and then elected by the board in the year prior to talking office.  Four of the trustees are past presidents of RI.
    As I travel around this big world of Rotary I’ve been privileged to meet people who I feel are true humanitarians, people who are “Doing Good in the World”. 
    The Rotary Foundation by Brenda Cressey, Trustee-Elect 2017-21  2016-10-27 07:00:00Z 0


    STEPS 2017 is Coming!

     January 28, 2017 at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks
    For more information and registration, see  www.rotarystepsonpoverty.org
    This is a FREE event to Rotarians and Non-Rotarians!
    This year STEPS will highlight Human Trafficking, an issue affecting people in poverty here and around the world.  Keynote speakers are Opal Singleton, author of Seduced, The Grooming of America’s Teenagers, and Dr. M.D. Kinoti, a professor at Regis University who grew up on a tea farm in Kenya.  Opal has trained thousands of government officials and school administrators about Human Trafficking.  Dr. Kinoti is active in international community development, working with Farm Concern to address poverty in Africa.  These presentations will inspire and help you understand how to protect youth and break the cycle of poverty.
    Breakout sessions are designed to empower youth and increase understanding of the issues of poverty and how to develop sustainable humanitarian projects.  STEPS will also include exhibits by non-profit organizations and Rotary clubs, and a Speed Project Fair, a fast paced exchange of project ideas.
    STEPS 2017 will deliver the inspiration, connections and information to help you make a difference in communities here and around the world!  STEPS is free to D5240 Rotarians.  For more information and registration, see  www.rotarystepsonpoverty.org
    STEPS Conference 2017 2016-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Zone 26 Public Image Resources
    Hello from Zone 26!
    We have had a busy year, crafting and rolling out tools and resources for you to use to improve your club's public message!
    The following 'how-to' articles and videos will show you an easy step by step process for accomplishing many of your goals.
    You will be able to understand and package your entries for the Presidential Citation. You will be able to navigate and locate useful tools in Rotary Club Central.
    And you can begin promoting your club website, as well as enter your Foundation Reporting -- just to name a few!
    When you go to the website choose 'News & Resources'. This area will provide you with many videos and how-to articles to help you.
    In the right-hand navigation you can subscribe to receive each new article directly to your email inbox when it is published.
    Some highlights from News & Resources: Click on the links below for videos and info
    Michael Boyer
    Zone 26 Rotary Public Image Coordinator
    Mobile: (805) 471-7954
    Zone 26 Public Image Resources 2016-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
    Priority 1! Seminars 2016-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Auction
    Win a 6-day luxury week in Santa Barbara at the Belmont El Encanto Hotel, or a luxury ski vacation in Vail at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa.  Thanks to generous donations, each prize includes fine dining, valuable perqs, and amazing activities.  
    We are cooperating with the Vail Symposium to conduct this raffle.  Half of the proceeds from both raffles will go to our Foundation which funds the many service activities our club undertakes to improve our community and the world.  I hope you’ll enter to win either or both luxury vacations at www.getawayraffle.com.
    A single entry donation is $25, or 5 for $100. You can enter until November 14, 2016; winning ticket is drawn on November 15th.  
    Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Auction 2016-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
    District Conference Photos 2016 2016-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
    Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort Information
    Special Message from District Governor, District 7020, Haresh L. Ramchandani
    Friends, I know we have all been watching, and in some cases, been directly affected as Hurricane Matthew has made a devastating impact across Rotary District 7020. We are grateful that most of us were spared, however as we know South Western Haiti and the Bahamas took direct hits.
    Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort Information 2016-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
    Announcing the 2nd Annual Cartagena- Colombia Projects Fair
    February 3, 4, 5, 2017 in Colombia
    The projects fair is organized by Rotary Districts 4271 and 4281 and will take place in Colombia. Rotarians are encouraged to attend and explore various projects planned by clubs in Colombia. The fair provides an opportunity to participate with clubs in Colombia for a Global Grant.
    Please contact:
    Conejo Valley Rotary Club
    Past-President 2006-07,2010-11
    International Chair 2015-16-2016-17
    (805) 402-2370
    Colombia Projects Fair 2017 2016-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of Ojai presents its 16th Annual "Taste of Ojai on the beautiful 10th Green at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Sunday October 23,  from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
    Festivities include tastings of local food and libations, silent auction, live music & dancingEvery year the Rotary Club of Ojai's premier fund raising event coupled with interest earned from the Rotary Club of Ojai Educational Foundation’s endowment provide more than $100,000 that is distributed as scholarships to graduating students in the Ojai Valley, as grants to local non-profit community organizations, and to several international service activities. Because of the Taste of Ojai event alone, each Spring a minimum of 25 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors entering college, university or trade school.
    Taste of Ojai Event 2016-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
    Congratulations! Brenda Cressey named TRF Trustee!
    Brenda Cressey is currently serving in her third year as the Rotary International Zone 26 Endowment/Major Gift Adviser for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and has been named TRF Trustee 2017-2021.
    Congratulations! Brenda Cressey named TRF Trustee 2016-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of Ventura Color Run 2016
    Hi Fellow Rotarian,
    I am with Rotary Club of Ventura- Downtown and would like to share with the district and event we are helping with here in town.
    The link to the event is:
    This year's Color Run event is approaching and I am looking for some volunteers to help out again.  The event will be held Oct 15th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. 
    Rotary Club of Ventura Color Run 2016-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
    Downtown Ventura Rotary Club donates to Guatemala Medical Clinic

    Club maintains connections with Rainforest Clinic


    Ventura, CA - The Downtown Rotary Club led by President Betsy Chess, announced the second year of continued support of the remote medical clinic in central Guatemala.  The club’s International Services team is being supported this year by assistant director Marty Armstrong and member Joe Schaaf.  They will be transporting club donated medical supplies and equipment to a medical clinic in the small rural town of Santo Tomas la Union, Suchitepequez, Guatemala located 3.5 hours west of Guatemala City.  The team will be heading to the clinic Sept 23rd-26th and look forward to sharing with our fellow Rotarians the journal of our travels and how Ventura Rotarians are making a difference in rural Central America.


    The clinic is run by an American physician, Zachary Self, MD, who completed his medical school at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN and his residency training at the Ventura Family Medicine Residency in Ventura, CA.  The clinic’s doors opened in 2015 and begin providing a preferential option of accessible high quality modern healthcare to the region.  

    Guatemala Medical Clinic 2016-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
    Grant for Underprivileged Youth in Jaguariuna, Brazil
    The Matching Grant done in Rotary year 2012-13 where the Rotary Club of Moorpark was the International Partner and when Scott Farrenkopf was President to setup a career center for under privileged youth in Jaguariuna, Brazil has progressed beyond what any of us would have imagined. This career center has turned into a Rotary sponsored private high tech. cooperative high school paired with local businesses. The students go half a day to school and half a day to work (and get paid which means a great deal to the families).
    The Rotary Club of Jaguariuna covered the equipment with our help via the MG, their Foundation covers the building, and the local business partners they lined up cover the teacher's salaries. This school is top notch and is considered much better than the public school for both teachers (who are paid better) and computers (which we helped supply).
    Grant for Underprivileged Youth in Jaguariuna, Brazil 2016-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
    In Celebration of Education and Literacy Month 
    As children start back to school, we celebrate Education and Literacy Month in September.  District 5240 is a leader in supporting education and literacy programs in our local communities and communities around the world.  In the Rotary Year just completed, our district gave more than $100,000 in scholarships to enable people to attend four year colleges, community colleges and vocational training programs.  Clubs have adopted schools and provide time, talent and treasure to enhance the educational opportunities provided to the students.  We mentor students young and old in reading skills.  We read aloud to the young children in our community to increase their love of reading.  In fact, one of my favorite speaker gifts has been the opportunity to inscribe “best wishes for good reading” in books that will be donated to a school library. 
    District Governor Nick Frankle's Message 2016-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
    Simi Sunset Club Announces a Wine Club! 2016-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary clubs assemble backpacks
    for Conejo Valley students
    Great story in the Ventura County Star about four Conejo valley Rotary Clubs working together to help students go back to school prepared.
    Rotary clubs including Westlake Village, Westlake Sunrise, Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley gathered recently to fill backpacks with school supplies for students.
    Click Here for the story and video-
    Back to School Backpacks for Conejo Valley Schools 2016-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

    Simi Valley Sunrise Club Honors Officer Tom Carney with a Paul Harris Fellow

    In Appreciation for His Work Within Simi Valley


    Simi Valley, CA -- Simi Valley Police Officer Tom Carney was recognized recently as a Paul Harris Fellow in special appreciation for the ways in which his life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation.

    The Rotary Foundation is one of the largest and most important programs of Rotary. Without the Foundation, Rotary could not continue its many humanitarian programs and its efforts to promote world understanding and peace.

    Officer Tom Carney Honored by Simi Valley Sunrise Club 2016-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
    Letter from Gil Igleheart, District Assistant Governor, Group 11 West
    We now have Vandenberg AFB helping with our efforts! Major Steve Edstrom and his assistants will be promoting and helping with the awareness of the effects that dogs have on our Veterans with PTSD. We all want to help stop the 22 or greater number of Veterans that are committing suicide daily...This will be of great help to  the Santa Barbara Rotary clubs. for the Veterans in Santa Barbara County.
    We are very happy to announce another great supporter... Applebee's International! On Wednesday August 31, the two restaurants in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo will donate 15% of all meals (5-8PM) back to PFAC. Please support this great relationship that we have with them and our Veterans.
    Paws for a Cause Update 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
    "Homes of Distinction" Tour brought to you by the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club
    September 18 is your one-day opportunity to view five beautiful and unique homes in and around San Luis Obispo. Tour a cottage by the sea, the historic Avila house, a home built in a metal barn, a Victorian built in 1899, and a home inspired by a trip to Italy. Grab a friend and get ready for a wonderful afternoon as you help support the charities of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo. A brochure and tickets are available at www.slorotary.org.
    Rotary Contact: Wilda Rosene, wildarosene@gmail.com, 805-546-8806
    Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/179066165
    San Luis Obispo "Homes of Distinction" Tour 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
    Click on the Flyer to download and distribute to your club!
    MPRLS Weekend: October 7-9, 2016
    You may take one Master PRLS (MPRLS) class or all five in one weekend!
    Class cost is $60 each or $250 for the weekend - a savings of $50
    [Recommend previous completion of Introduction to Rotary]
    Register at by: Monday, October 1, 2016
    At: http://www.rotarydistrict5240.org/SitePage/prls

    3:00 – 7:00 PM Leadership
    7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
    8:00 – Noon Facilitation Skills
    1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Projects and Grants
    8:00 – Noon Communications
    All participants will be provided a PRLS binder and thumb drive
    PRLS Schedule and More! 2016-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

    Biking, Brews & BBQ Ride

    The Biking, Brews & BBQ Ride will be on Saturday September 24, 2016.  This year's ride begins at the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club.  The ride is open to individuals, families and teams, with courses for all levels: 5, 20, 56, and 100 mile events.  The post-event BBQ will be prepared by the Pleasant Valley Lions Club with craft beers from local micro-breweries.

    Ride organizer Debbie Herrera says "This will be a fun event with some of the same routes used in this year's Tour of California."  This is the 3rd annual ride organized by the Camarillo Rotary Club.

    For the latest information and to register, go to  www.camarillorotaryridingforserviceaboveself.com or contact Debbie Herrera at debbie@dherreranpservicespc.com or 805/509-1961

    Biking, Brews, & BBQ Ride 2016-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
    District Governor John & Christine Weiss
    I’m truly honored to serve the District as your Governor for 2017-18. We all owe our great appreciation to Past District Governor Nick Frankle for his leadership and passion during this past year as our District continued to evolve, and our clubs thrived.  As we look forward to the new Rotary year, I hope we can all embrace Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s theme of Rotary: Making a Difference. Because that’s what our clubs and Rotarians do every day – make a real and significant difference in people’s lives throughout the world.  
    We are planning some amazing events during the next year, starting with our District Conference in beautiful Ventura October 6-8, 2017, where we’ll gather together to "Celebrate Rotary", my theme for the year. During the year, we’ll be supporting our high school students by convening an Interact District Conference, and bringing together young professionals with an Emerging Leaders’ Symposium.
    We’ll be conducting training for our current and incoming club officers and celebrating The Rotary Foundation with regional Foundation Gala events.  
    My staff and I are always available to help our clubs with anything they may need during the year, from assistance with membership, grant or projects to providing speakers on all aspects of Rotary.  Just ask!
    I look forward to seeing all of you during my club visits as we Celebrate Rotary and make a difference around the world.
    Yours in Service,
    John Weiss
    Welcome to District 5240 2016-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Imagine your community without Rotary. 
    Who would feed the homeless? Who would stock the shelves of your food banks?  Who would provide medicines and funding for diagnostic tests to your free clinics? Who would provide a disadvantaged child with their first backpack, a special meal at Thanksgiving or the chance to go shopping at Christmas to buy presents for their family? Who would mentor your youth and celebrate your senior citizens? Where else would the non-profits in your area find the extra time, talent and treasure needed to accomplish their goals?  What other organization would offer leadership training to high school students through programs like Interact and RYLA and then provide the scholarships to help them live their dreams? 
    August is Membership Month.  Take time this month to look around your community and make your own list of the good being done every day by you  and your Rotary club – then share it with your friends and business acquaintances. Invite them to join you at a meeting, a social or a project. Wear your Rotary pin proudly and always be able to answer the question “why are you a Rotarian?”  Make sure that your Facebook page, LinkedIn page and email signature identify you as a proud member of your Rotary club. 
    You are Rotary’s best ambassadors.  Think of how much more your Rotary club could accomplish with one more member.  Make a commitment to yourself and to your club to invite one person to a Rotary event. 
    Sometime in the past someone gave you the gift of Rotary.  This membership month pass that gift on to someone else.  It is the one gift that lasts a lifetime.
    District Governor Nick Frankle's Message 2016-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Registration is now open for all Presidents Elect to register for the President Elect Retreat on Friday, September 16, 2016 – Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria. Click on the link below to register. Please be sure to select your choices of breakout sessions during the retreat as part of your registration.
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER----PE Retreat Registration Link
    Rooms are available at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria at a reduced rate of $120 per night (plus tax). Click the link below for the
    hotel website to reserve your room and use the following special rate code:
    In the reservation section, click on the box that says “More Search Options” and enter the rate code ROT916 to get the special PE Retreat rate.
    President Elect (PE) Retreat Sept. 16-17, 2016 -Register Now! 2016-07-22 07:00:00Z 0

    We Double Dog Dare You to Support Our Upcoming Dog Days Golf Tournament

    An event benefiting the Simi Valley Police Community Safety and Education programs, the Simi Valley Police K-9 Team, and the
    Simi Sunrise Rotary Charitable Foundation
    The 23rd Annual Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise and Simi Valley Police Foundation Dog Days of Summer Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 1 at Moorpark Country Club promises to be more exciting than ever! 
    The community is invited to participate in a fun day of golf, barks and lots of memories with friends and associates all to benefit the Simi Valley Police Community Safety and education programs, the Simi Valley Police K-9 Team,and the Simi Sunrise Rotary Charitable Foundation. 
    Dog Days of Summer Golf Classic 2016-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
    6 Passenger Golf Cart Raffle!
    Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside is raffling off a street legal, 6 passenger, electric golf cart with Blue Tooth sound system. This is one of their 2 annual fundraisers. Only 600 tickets are made available to be purchased by donating to the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside Foundation at PO Box  275 , Cayucos, CA 92430. Last year’s winner was from Wasco, CA. All proceeds go to Rotary projects and programs. (see Cayucos Rotary website for project & program details) Tickets are $100 each and are tax deductible. The drawing is held December 10th downtown Cayucos at the Rotary Club’s Santa Cottage at 7:00pm. What a great Christmas gift! Please join in and help the Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside reach their fundraising goal for this year. For more information contact Steve Geil, President at 805.900.5221.
    Rotary Club of Cayucos Golf Cart Fundraiser 2016-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
    Want to Share your Rotary Events and Projects on TV?
    Showcase them on “Rotary Serving Our Community”, a weekly TV show that airs on public access
    in Santa Barbara and is also available
    online 24/7 at www.WeAreRotary.TV
    for everyone to see.
    Contact Wade Nomura at: Wade@WeAreRotary.TV
    www.WeAreRotary.TV 2016-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
    EPIC Challenge Ventura County 2016-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of Carpinteria Sunset, California, USA, was admitted to membership in Rotary International on 29 June 2016.
    Congratulations to Charter President Gary Bright and Charter Club Secretary Stefanie Harrington.  The club is chartering with 25 members and will be meeting on the first and third Wednesday evenings at 6pm (location forthcoming).
    Welcome to the Newest Club in District 5240... RC of Carpinteria Sunset Jim Bell 2016-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 27, 2016
    Our District has 'passed the hat' many times in support of providing relief during disasters around our globe.  This time, the need is in our own back yard.  I ask that you please consider 'passing the hat' at your next couple of Club Meetings, or making a contribution on your own in support of the needs that have came from the disaster effects of the 'Erskine Fire' still raging in eastern Kern County.
    One of our District 5240 Clubs, the Rotary Club of Kern River Valley, has set up a relief fund for this purpose.  You may want to send contributions directly to them, or another Rotary Club or Disaster Service group that are involved with relief efforts in the area.  
    Erskine Fire Assistance Frank Ortiz 2016-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
    September is Basic Education and Literacy Month
    Bakersfield East Gives Backpacks to the Community Youth
    For over 15 years, Bakersfield East Rotary Club has partnered with other nonprofit community organizations to provide support to children who are homeless, foster or low income youth. Our first effort was to provide 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to The Bakersfield Homeless Center for their student residents. As the years have gone by we have continued to expand this program to include not only the Homeless Center but also C.A.S.A of Kern County, The Boys and Girls Club, The Forgotten Initiative, Rotaract and Interact projects along with three elementary schools.  This year Bakersfield East Rotary Club will donate 1,000 backpacks adding to the thousands donated over those many years. Partnering with other nonprofits to fill the backpacks allows for community awareness of Rotary though our local media and the other company’s volunteers. Our member’s children love this event returning year after year to hand out backpacks and put a smile on those less fortunate faces.
    Ojai Rotary Readers Program
    Over the last several years, the Rotary Club of Ojai has provided volunteers who devote 1 to 4 hours per week helping students in Ojai Unified School District elementary schools learn to be better readers.
    The program works like this:  Ten volunteers devote a minimum of one hour once a week to a specific classroom.  The teachers identify those students who are struggling to master reading and the volunteer gives undivided attention to those students, helping with reading comprehension, vocabulary, pronunciation etc.  Typically, a volunteer will work one-on-one, or with a small handful of students, under the supervision of a professional teacher. The goal is to get students to become life-long readers and is in place at all four OUSD Elementary schools.
    According to the volunteers, the hours devoted to helping students read and read better are enormously gratifying. As one volunteer remarked “…it is really wonderful when a mom stops me in Vons and tells me how much her child is enjoying reading”.
    Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave and who taught himself to read, said, “…once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”  If you are interested in learning more on this program, please call Randy Roth, Rotary Club of Ojai at 805 798 3925 or email randyroth@roadrunner.com
    Rotary Club of Simi Sunset 
    “Shoes for Little Souls”

    Every year, we provide a shopping spree for underprivileged children at Kohl’s Department Store in Simi Valley. The children are selected by the local Samaritan Center. This year we helped 18 children shop for new clothes and school supplies. CLICK HERE for full presentation

    September 1, 2016 Literacy Month Story 2016-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 25, 2016
    On Saturday, June 25, 2015, Rotarians from District 5240 gathered at the Moorpark Country Club for the 2015-16 District Awards and District Governor Step Down Luncheon. The following awards were presented:

    Best Overall Club of the Year - CAMBRIA

    2015-16 District 5240 Awards 2016-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
    At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, President Arch Klumph spoke about his dream of creating a Rotary endowment fund. A century later, we're celebrating The Rotary Foundation and all the good work Rotarians have been able to do since then -- because one man dared to dream.
    We're offering an extra-special early registration rate of $265 for the 2017 Rotary Convention, in honor of Arch Klumph's 6 June birthday, and the $26.50 first contribution to Rotary's endowment.
    Join us in Atlanta next June. Register and pay today, because this special price of $265 is good only until 6 June 2016.
    Rotary International Convention - Atlanta 2017 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    As mentioned by DG Jim above and addressed in the May newsletter, everyone is invited to the biggest barn raising this side of Bakersfield – the District 5240 Awards and DG Stepdown Shindig! Trot on over to the Moorpark Country Club on Saturday, June 25 to munch on some vittles, do some whoopin' & hollerin', and lastly help Jim into the saddle as we "give him the boot". Be sure to let us know iffin yer comin' so we have enough grub. Western dress encouraged.
    Register now by clicking here or using the link in the flyer below.
    Register Now - DG Jim's Farewell Bash Deb Linden 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Do you recognize any of these Rotarians/Rotaractors? They were chosen to represent our District at the Young Leaders Summit in Seoul, South Korea on Friday, May 27th and then attend their very first Rotary International Convention in Seoul. Here they are having just arrived in Seoul and having their first meal together. We are so proud of them! They are... Dominique Bredeson (RC of San Luis Obispo), Jonathan Broida (Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara), Rene Martinez (RC of Buellton), Shane Nazareth (Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara), and David Vo (RC of Santa Barbara Sunrise).
    Young Leaders Summit in Seoul Jim Bell 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The following article appeared in the Santa Ynez Valley News on November 17, 2015:
    Members of the Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc and San Luis Obispo Rotary Clubs have returned home from a medical mission to Nicaragua where they served the communities of Ciudad Sandino and Nueva Vida.

    The delegation worked at the Nueva Vida Clinic from Oct. 26-30, supporting the overworked and underfunded local staff by seeing hundreds of patients daily and bringing in needed medical supplies. The Clinic was established in 1999 in response to a refugee resettlement program after Hurricane Mitch devastated parts of Nicaragua and Honduras. The resulting barrio houses thousands of poor families. The Clinic serves those in the barrio and in the nearby community of Ciudad Sandino. 
    Linda Johansen, International Chair for the Solvang Rotary, organized the trip of 17 members. 

    Dr. Art Kaslow, Yomaira De Leon and Pat Gimmer worked in the dentistry unit. They treated over 80 patients and performed over 85 procedures. 

    The cardiac unit, with Dr. Claudio Bonometti and Jose Adorno, treated more than 200 patients and also donated a $10,000 electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, while Max Jensen performed over 200 EKGs. 

    Dr. Dennis Bales and Ron Jones, in the ophthalmology unit, saw over 80 patients providing eye exams and glasses that would otherwise not have been affordable to patients whose average income is less than $2 per day. 

    Carol Anders, retired RN, and Tom Bormes, handled triage and check-in. 

    Norm and Jan Clevenger and Johansen worked in the pharmacy saving staff 120 hours and dispensing $5,000 worth of medicines. 

    Rob Klug, Rich Saferite and Joe Brown helped service the Clinic's construction needs by assembling rebar for a new building, digging trenches, extending a suction line to the new surgical unit, installing a roof air duct for suction housing, laying tile in the surgical unit, and providing over 120 hours of manual labor while sharing their skills with the staff. 

    Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and Atterdag Village of Solvang provided many of the medical supplies the Rotary team took with them to Nueva Vida Clinic. 

    "We all returned home emotionally and physically exhausted but with touching memories of service to these lovely people," said Johansen.
    Members of Four Local Rotary Clubs on Medical Mission to Nicaragua 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The 40th annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off & Classic Car Show was held on April 24th, and it was a rousing success. When you can get to the 40th annual of ANYTHING, that’s pretty special – when it’s a Rotary fundraiser that’s gone this long, that’s extra special – and when 100% of the proceeds go to local charities, you’ve got an event that goes to the top of the “must-go-to” list.
    For the first time, this well-attended event was held at Conejo Creek Park North, right across the street from our previous venue.  We couldn’t have found a better location. The sprawling park grounds with its trails, bridges, meandering creek and sparkling lake was the perfect setting. If it was too warm for some, there was the shade of the tall oak trees and covered picnic areas. A cool partly cloudy morning gave way to bright blue skies and a gorgeous sunny afternoon.
    So while being a great fundraiser in spectacular surroundings, it was loads of fun, too. With plenty of tasty chili, great food and drink, an endless array of classic cars, a spirited Kids Zone, and three stages of non-stop music and entertainment, one would be hard pressed to find anyone not smiling.
    With “chili” in the name, you’d be correct in assuming the amount chili to sample would be bountiful. More than forty chili booths had lines snaking everywhere. An International Chili Society (ICS) sanctioned event, the cooks took their chili seriously. Between the ICS approved judges, and the general public as critics, there were hard choices to make with the peak quality of chili on display.
    The line-up of Classic cars was no less impressive. When you see the parade of cars with ages that span several decades, you know these car owners have good reason to be beaming. When you see the endless polishing with some car aficionados using Q-tips to be extra pristine, you know you’re not just looking at older, restored cars, but ones with a rich history and a pride of ownership.
    Then there was the music. Three stages to be exact. Run by the two sponsoring Rotary Clubs, and the popular destination, Borderline Bar & Grill, the music went on throughout the day. From several local favorite bands to the greatly anticipated featured group, Cover 2 Cover (covering all the hits, of course), an abundance of good vibes were spread all around. To close out the day, throngs delighted to the sounds of SouthBound, one of the best Allman Brothers tribute bands in the country.
    In between the music there was a fashion show and a troupe of Shakespearean players. And we can’t forget the day’s opening with the Thousand Oaks High School marching band.
    What else? There was the endless fun for the younger crowd at the Kids Zone. There were the bungie running, the inflatable climbing bounce house that resembled a horse, the petting zoo, the face painting, the ring toss, and the arts & crafts, just to name a few (or in this case, a lot). And we know the Kids Zone was also appreciated by the parents, as well.
    The triumph of this family-fun event was achieved through the tireless efforts (maybe we’re a little tired) of the all-volunteer teams that are comprised of members and friends of the Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley Rotary Clubs. Add to that the generous support of a multitude of local sponsors eager to give back to their community, and you’ve got a recipe for great success. For those that helped and participated, you have a lot to be proud of.
    And for those that missed it, there’s always next year – Sunday, April 30th, 2017 to be exact.
    Loads of Fun – And A Great Fundraiser, Too! Marc Feigen 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    We traveled to the Los Olivos Rotary Club on the 19th of May. This was our second meeting with the club and we renewed  our friendships. John Mathews, President-elect was very gracious and gave us a presidental welcome. We spoke about all the updates that we have encountered within the last month. Some of these are still shocking to us...Applebee’s  restaurant chain has offered to let us do pancake breakfasts and we pay them a nominal fee and we keep the rest. We can also pass out flyers to different clubs and they give them to their server and Paws receives 15% of the bill, no alcohol involved! This can happen once a week, for over 600 restaurants...as long as we can get the Rotary Clubs in these areas on board. You pass out the flyers, go to dinner on a specific night, and Paws gets the monies.  Most of these involved us using Interact kids and we give them half the profit. They love helping Paws! We have done two BBQs with them, both at Minors Hardware, one in Morro Bay and the other in Los Osos. They, Applebee's, saw one of our brochures and THEY called us...the word is getting out.
    We also went to Paso Robles Rotary in May and one Rotarian, who is connected to Idler's Home Center, is doing a Fundraiser during the Memorial Day Weekend.  A percentage of these funds goes right to acquire the dogs.  How nice is this...thank you to the Idler Family! We are making headway in the prison system...15 (trained) inmates training 6 dogs, 24/5.  The other two days they go home with the staff for socialization. Another organization that has stepped up is Lemos Feed.  We have donation jars and brochures in Morro Bay and Los Osos, and plan on getting them in the other 12 stores. These stores are located from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. We are just waiting for approval from the managers, as they have some input, especially if they already have a local benefit on-going.  All good news! Much more on these as they continue to develop. We also were speakers at the Community Health Faire and received two more speaking engagements from that event.
    On a different note, we are making some headway but we are running out of trainers! So, we decided to contact Cuesta and Hancock Colleges to see if they are interested in doing a College program.  There is only one university in the world that teaches Cynology- the studies of Canines. This will take awhile to become a reality but our Veterans are worth the time! 
    One of our contacts is from Vandenberg Air Force Base. We will be helping our Rotarians from Santa Barbara County to help put a dog and veteran together there. We have had numerous leads from there and have a commitment from them for money, veterans and fundraisers...stay tuned for more! We are very excited about our progress... we have only had this up and running since September of last year and have had a major impact in this area...both financially and more importantly, we’ve had an impact with our VETERANS!
    We, Paws for a Cause, want to personally thank Neil Walker and Scott Phillips who were encouraging and helpful getting these newsletters out to YOU!   Thanks from the bottom of our hearts!
    For more information see: www.Pawsforacauseca.org  or call Gil Igleheart @ 805-710-0332
    Paws For A Cause News Gil Igleheart 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The Hap Rapp Track Meet is a Camarillo tradition.  Rotarian Hap Rapp founded the meet for aspiring young athletes 54 years ago. This year the meet will be on Saturday, May 21 at the Adolfo Camarillo High School Track, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo.  The meet is designed for 4th through 8th graders to discover their athletic ability.  Over 300 students from 14 schools are expected to participate.  Events include the 50-, 75-, and 100-yard dashes, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, relays and distance races.  Trophies and ribbons will be presented and high scores will be posted online at www.episports.com
    Los Altos School athletes at the Hap Rapp Track Meet in the early days with Rotarian Bill Bauer.
    Camarillo - Hap Rapp Track Meet 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    I would like to tell you about our Flower Empower event that we as a Rotaract club participated in. 
    Flower Empower is a volunteer-driven program put on by the Dream Foundation where volunteers spend the morning building bouquet arrangements for people who are in need. Volunteers then deliver the flower arrangements to hospitals, hospice care, cancer centers, and personal addresses. The purpose of this program is to let people who are in the places described know that they are not alone, and that their community cares. Referrals for recipients of the flowers are provided by cancer centers, doctors, hospice officials, and doctors.
    For more information, please feel free to contact:
    Jonathan Broida, President
    Santa Barbara Rotaract
    Santa Barbara Rotaract - Flower Empower Jonathan Broida, Santa Barbara Rotaract 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The Atascadero High School Interact Club started with a clean slate this year, with a new faculty advisor, a new Rotary advisor and many new student members.  Faculty advisor Mike Melzer got us off to a great start by recruiting a membership of 24 students, up from about 10 last year.  More than half of the members are freshmen, which bodes well for the livelihood of the club for years to come.  Even the club president is a freshman, Haddie Daner, daughter of Atascadero Rotarian, Adam. 
    This year’s Interact group has been both ambitious and vibrant from the get-go.  Every week, club members bring new community service ideas to the table and work diligently on projects in progress.  This year’s activities have included campus trash clean-ups, a beach clean-up, participation in the Atascadero Color Run, and fundraising such as holding on-campus bake sales and leaving jars in every classroom for students to donate spare change.  Additionally, Interact members got involved with Atascadero’s Rotarians by auctioning Valentine’s Day desserts, waiting tables at the Crab Feed and they will be serving ice cream alongside Rotarians during Children’s Day at the Park later this month.  Atascadero Interact intends to donate 100% of its fundraising proceeds of approximately $2,000 to the North County Humane Society.
    If Atascadero High Interact had one defining moment this year, it would be the remarkable turn-out at the Cal Poly women’s basketball game in late February.  All Rotary-, Interact- and Rotaract Clubs on the Central Coast were invited, and the organizers promised recognition for the clubs with the most members in attendance.  Not only did Atascadero High Interact win the competition- they actually had more representation than every other club COMBINED.  This was a shining example of how dedicated these kids are.
    Goings-On With Atascadero Interact 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Thirty years ago the Rotary Club of Ojai-West launched a small wine tasting event for Ojai Valley residents. From this humble beginning, the Ojai Wine Festival has grown into a leading regional event attracting nearly 4,000 people from throughout California and beyond. Overlooking beautiful Lake Casitas, this idyllic venue is perfect to showcase over 60 wineries and 30 craft beers.
    The Ojai Wine Festival is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ojai-West Foundation, which has raised over $1,000,000.00 since inception. Help us continue our fundraising legacy and purchase tickets to contribute in our premier event. Buy your tickets early and save $10 on General Admission, ($60 event day). General Admission includes a keepsake crystal wine glass, unlimited tastes of wine or beer, live music and free boat rides. Children under 13 years gain free entry into the General Admission area only with a paid adult, 10-20% Group discounts available.
    VIP admission includes all benefits of general admission + early 11:30 am entry, premium shaded lakefront seating. Solely offered in the VIP Lounge is a supreme selection of fine wines and craft beers, fine liquors and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres. VIP pre-sale tickets are $120 and $150 on event day. You must be 21 years old to enter. For details contact Angela May at 1(800) 648-4881 or Angela@ojaiwinefestival.com. Visit OjaiWineFestival.com for more information and to purchase tickets.  Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
    Angela May
    Ojai Wine Festival Executive Director
    Mobile: (805) 798-7902
    Office: (805) 646-3794
    Ojai Wine Festival Celebrating 30 Years June 12, 2016 at Lake Casitas 12-4pm Angela May, Ojai Wine Festival Executive Director 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of Camarillo awarded college scholarships to nine deserving students on May 25, 2016.  Applications were invited from schools in the Camarillo area, including the two main high schools, the continuing education schools, the community college and CSUCI.  We are happy to announce that:
    The Bill Kohagen Memorial Scholarship goes to Arielle Mendoza from Adolfo Camarillo High School.
    The Tish Taylor Vocational Scholarship goes to Collin Kirksey from ACHS.
    The Elaine Petterson Turnaround Scholarship goes to Christine Khann Le from Frontier High School.
    The CSUCI Rotaract Student Scholarship goes to Mirna Garcia.
    The Active Interact Student Scholarship goes to Samantha Tovar from ACHS.
    The Phillip Gore Scholarship goes to Idalis Daisy Perez from Gateway High School. 
    The Michael Lavenant Memorial Scholarship goes to Noah Amerault from ACHS.
    The Scott Family Memorial Vocational Scholarship goes to Marissa Gonzales from ACHS.
    The College Re-entry Scholarship goes to Julieanne Flores at Oxnard Community College.
    Camarillo Rotary makes a special effort to award scholarships to students who exemplify the Rotary motto of "Service above Self."  The Scholarship Committee interviews each candidate to see how they are involved in helping others in the community.  
    "Grades are important," says Past President Max Copenhagen, "but those with a need and a record of community service are considered favorably in our evaluation".
    Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders providing humanitarian service and building goodwill.  Rotarians have served the needs of communities worldwide since 1905.  Rotary clubs meet in Camarillo on Tuesdays for breakfast and on Wednesdays at noon.  For more information about Rotary, see www.camarillorotary.org.
    Rotary Club of Camarillo - Scholarship Award Presentations Max Copenhagen 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The iconic polio story, a story told often and told well, makes a deserving headline. Rotary and its partners have achieved success beyond measure … success that should be shared far and wide, in every language and throughout the world. We can be proud of the results: only 76 wild polio cases in the world last year. We can be proud of the mobilization as the WHO leads an eradication effort that blankets the globe. We can be proud of the fundraising as all the partners including Rotary and Rotarians, WHO, governments, Bill Gates and others consistently meet the financial needs of the Polio Campaign.
    BUT, as the world celebrates, we must not forget that the price for polio eradication is more than money. The headlines on January 13, 2016, read “Suicide attack … in southwest Pakistan kills 15, mostly policemen”. This hints at the rest of the story. So let us remind ourselves of the human cost to polio eradication. The January 13 murders, like so many terrorist attacks and tragedies in our world, were on the front page of the newspapers one day and gone the next in favor of another story. It’s easy to tell ourselves that the attacks happened somewhere else, somewhere over there, allowing us to gloss over this tragic cost … allowing us to numb ourselves to the result.
    We must remind ourselves: No matter how noble the cause, the loss of even one life matters. And this was not a unique event: There were similar headlines on December 29, 2015, one life in Afghanistan; March 11, 2014, 11 lives in Pakistan; March 17, 2014, two more; February 2014, four lives in Pakistan; February 2013, nine lives in Nigeria ; and there have been many more. In Pakistan alone there have been almost 100 murders associated with the polio campaign. In addition to the killings, polio workers and their families are targeted with death threats, harassment and blackmail causing disruption to families. See link http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150303-poliopakistan-islamic-state-refugees-vaccination-health/
    It’s critical to remember the commitment and sacrifice made by the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria to help the world finish the eradication effort. I am not sure how we value their contribution. What’s a human life worth? What are 100 human lives worth? Clearly, the costs have not only been money but also human life and suffering.
    So, if I debate with myself about a donation to PolioPlus … if I wonder if my donation should be $10 or $100 or $10,000 … then I should also wonder about the deaths of over 100 Afghans, Nigerians and Pakistanis. I should also wonder how their commitment to polio has affected their lives, their families and their communities. I should wonder how my financial gift will honor their sacrifice.
    There is no doubt that we must stay focused on the goal of a polio free world, Rotary’s number one priority. We must stay committed to the children of the world. At the same time, we need to remember and be thankful for those, past, present and future, who have sacrificed their lives, rights and freedom for a polio-free world. They truly are a gift to the world … and we must never forget!
    The Human Toll of Polio Eradication Pat Killoran, Zone 24 West End Polio Now Coordinator 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Polio Committee and Fellow Rotarians,
    Preparing for the WHA: next week, health ministers from around the world will convene in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA). Among other public health topics, delegates will review and discuss the latest global polio epidemiology.
    Between April 17 and May 1, the type 2 component of oral polio vaccine (OPV) was removed from use through a globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine. This was the first stage objective 2 of the Polio Eradication and End Game Strategic Plan 2013-2018 to withdraw OPV in a phased manner following the eradication of the wild poliovirus type 2 in September 2015.
    Thanks to the efforts of a wide range of stakeholders from Ministries of Health, health workers, volunteers, switch monitors, WGO, UNICEF and partners of the WHO, confirmation has been received that 155 countries have completed the switch.
    A reminder, our NID Alumni Luncheon will be held at the Historic Santa Maria Inn on June 11th, from 11am until 2pm. See the flyer below. This will give the NIDers a chance to meet again and just have a good time. PDG Frank Ortiz will be the emcee for the event.
    Please pass the word out that this event is going to happen and to encourage their NID Alums to attend. We only have 100 seats so if you want to attend, let me know and I will sign you up.
    Yours in Rotary and Polio Eradication,
    Jim Lewis
    D5240 Polio Committee Chair
    Polio Report James Lewis 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The Arroyo Grande Rotary Club recently purchased and presented new US and California State flags to 13 Lucia Mar Unified School District schools. With funds raised by AG Rotary's annual RotaryHarleyRaffle.com fundraiser, the club was able to afford to replace all the tattered flags at 12 schools and the District Office: Grover, Oceano, Dorothea Lang, Harloe, and Dana Elementary Schools, Mesa, Paulding and Judkins Middle Schools and Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, New Tech, and Lopez High Schools.
    A staff member at Grover Elementary brought the need for new flags for the school to a Rotarian's attention. The school budget didn't allow for funds to replace the tattered flags. Upon research, AG Rotarians discovered 12 more schools needing new flags and at that point decided to take action.
    Since 1945 the Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande has united business, professional and civic leaders for the common good both locally and around the globe. Arroyo Grande Rotarians are well-known for their various philanthropic and community activities including the annual Rotary Fish Fry during the Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival (September 23rd), the Rotary Relays for local Junior High athletes which occurs each May and the annual Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along show (December 18th) at the Clark Center. The club also funds international service projects and provides over $12,000 in college scholarships yearly. Rotary International is the world's largest and most notable philanthropic service organization. The motto of its 1.2 million members is "Service Above Self."
    Additional information concerning the Arroyo Grande Rotary Flag program, please contact AG Rotary member, Janet Wood at 805-489-0864. For more info on the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club see: AGRotary.org. See the next article for more information on the Club's 2nd Annual Harley Fundraiser Raffle.
    Flag Presentation at Oceano Elementary School
    AG Rotary Club members flank 4 Oceano students left to right:
    Drew Johnson, Cynthia Ramirez, Cristian Camacho and Jonathan Cervantes
    School Principal Michele Johnson is to the immediate left of the students.
    Photo Credit: Chris Garey
    Margie Drube
    RC of Arroyo Grande
    Arroyo Grande Rotary Club Sponsors Flag Distribution to South County Schools Margie Drube 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Twenty one of our District 5240 members attended the District 4160's final Conference that included a project Safari. This was the largest Safari group ever from our district to attend a Conference in recent years. This was the farewell conference for District 4160 as they will be merging with District 4150 to form the new District 4140. The group was treated to some great hospitality, cultural events and entertainment in the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato. The group was hosted by the San Miguel de Allende Midday club for most of the stay, with other clubs stepping up to make sure our group had a great time. Part of the Safari group went on after the Conference to visit project sites in San Miguel de Allende and nearby Lagos de Moreno. Others went on to visit Patzcuaro, Santa Clara de Cobre, Michoacan, and Salamanca, Guanajuato.
    The Conference and partnership of our district and D4160 started back in 1994, with a matching grant project, and became official in 2002 with the signing of an official Sister Districts agreement. This Sister District agreement has been in place ever since, with groups attending each of the District Conferences based on an exchange of the Governor line each year. This partnership has led to many projects being done both in Mexico and here in our district.
    The list of attendees included members of many of our clubs: Governor Jim Bell and Donna (Bakersfield Twilight), Governor Elect Nick Frankle and Heather (Westlake Village Sunrise/Simi Sunrise), Past Governor Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith and E Russell (Santa Barbara Sunrise), Past Governor Wade Nomura - who organized the trip (Carpinteria Morning), Chas Wilson and his wife (Simi Sunrise), Anselmo Moreno and his wife (Bakersfield Twilight), Jeni Moore (Bakersfield Twilight), Pam Zulfa (Bakersfield Twilight), Robert Klug (Lompoc), Luz Polcik (Kern River Valley), Pat Connelly and his wife (San Luis Obispo), Joan Faubert and Bernie (San Luis Obispo), Will van Kranenburg (Templeton) and Georgia Vreeken (Templeton).
    The Sister District agreement was officially signed by the District leadership again this year confirming the continuation of our two districts fellowship, project partnerships and friendship exchanges and part of our Object of Rotary; The Development of Acquaintances as an Opportunity to Serve. There are plans again for a Project Safari in conjunction with the D4140 District Conference on May 18-20, 2017 in Puerto Vallarta. For more information, contact Wade Nomura at wadedg1112@verizon.net.
    2016 Mexico Project Safari and District Conference Wade Nomura 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Once again Rotary Club of Moorpark Rotarian Matt Miguelena traveled to India in March and April of 2016 to use his medical expertise to help those in need.
    Matt was able to work in several government hospitals, a mobile hospital, and a free clinic. He also met with fellow Rotarians from 3 different clubs. It was also no surprise that he also met with longtime friend Dr. Matthew Varghese who runs one of the only hospitals in India which conducts Polio reconstructive surgeries.
    Matt was even able to get Dr. Varghese to make a short video on a YouTube channel that goes out to millions of viewers (see the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5RgktbTHWM).
    The photos attached say it all relative to the difference these sorts of trips make in the lives of those who are less fortunate!
    Bruce Thomas, President
    RC of Moorpark
    Rotary Club of Moorpark Rotarian Matt Miguelena in blue T-shirt.
    Moorpark Rotarian Visits India to Offer Medical Assistance Bruce Thomas 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    On April 22, 2016, thirty-five students and 10 staff members from Sequoia Elementary of Fresno County School District joined Cayucos Elementary School students with Cayucos Rotary Club members for a beach clean-up, and learning about Cayucos, the pier and community. A majority of the students had never been to the coast or ocean. The Club provided pizza and goody bags with Paws for a Cause T-Shirts, salt-water taffy, school supplies and snacks. The day was a great success.
    Fresno and Cayucos Youth Join Forces 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Each year the Rotary Club of Camarillo has an essay contest for local students. The theme of the essay is the Rotarian's 4-Way Test - an ethical guide for making personal and professional decisions. The students examine and write about a personal dilemma and use the 4-Way Test in deciding what to do about it.
    Congratulations to the winners of the essay contest, who also get cash awards. They are:
    1st place - Michelle Lui from Adolfo Camarillo High School
    2nd place - Sage Mertes from Las Colinas Middle School
    3rd place - Nicoletta Bryan from Las Colinas Middle School
    Max Copenhagen
    RC of Camarillo
    4-Way Test - Essay Contest Max Copenhagen 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    As Rotary year 2015-16 draws to a close, it's time for your District 5240 Newsletter team, Scott Phillips (President Elect, RC of Goleta Noontime) and me, to put away our quills, ink and keyboards as the new 2016-17 team, under the leadership of Becky Savell (RC of Simi Valley) takes control. Scott and I would like to thank all the loyal Rotarian readers, contributors and newsmakers who've made this year very memorable to us. A special thanks to District Governor Jim Bell for his stewardship and contributions.
    Going forward, if you would like something published in the monthly newsletter, address your material to stories@district5240.org and make sure it arrives by the 20th of the month preceding the new newsletter (for example, all material for the July newsletter must be submitted no later than June 20th.) Late arriving material will either be filed or published in the following newsletter if the topic remains timely. The email address above will go to Cindy Jacoby.
    If you want to inquire about the District 5240 website, send comments/questions to website@district5240.org. This email address will go to Becky Savell.
    As always, in Rotary service,
    Neil Walker
    RC of Bakersfield Breakfast
    Meet the Press - A New Communications Team Begins Neil Walker 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    June is the month that is dedicated to ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS. This is one of my very favorite areas of Rotary. There are more than 60 "fellowships" that have been organized by Rotarian enthusiasts in such diverse areas as fishing, flying, golf, horseback riding, internet, cooking, lawyers, rowing, social networks, wine, yachting, scuba diving... I think you're getting the picture. I am a 10+ year member of the IFMR – International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians. One of my Twilight Club members is a long-time member of the IFRM – International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians. The fun part of the fellowships is to meet Rotarians in your area, your state, North America, and most likely from other countries who have the same passion that you do. Most fellowships stay in touch via their website and email newsletters. It's pretty cool and I highly encourage you to join a Rotary fellowship this month!
    This is my final Governor Newsletter for 2016. I hope to see YOU at the District Awards and DG Stepdown on June 25th at Moorpark Country Club so I can personally thank each of you for being an awesome Rotarian. I promise it will be a "country-based" hoot and definitely, ON THAT DAY ONLY, more fun than the local law authorities will allow – but we will obtain a special permit! Sign up HERE for the luncheon on June 25th and join the fun! Yippy Ki Yay!!
    In addition to thanking all of you who have made my Rotary year as District Governor so great, I especially want to acknowledge how grateful I am to my loving wife, Donna. She has been with me every step of the way, and her help, patience, energy and dedication has made this year possible.
    In Rotary Service,
    Jim Bell
    Governor's Message - June 2016 Jim Bell 2016-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Yee-Haw, Pardners!  Y'all are invited to the biggest barn raising this side of Bakersfield - the District 5240 Awards and DG Step-Down Shindig! Mosey on over to the Moorpark Country Club on Saturday June 25 to strap on the feedbag, do some whoopin' and hollerin', and send DG Jim riding off into the sunset Cowboy style!  Be sure to let us know yer coming so we have enough grub. 
    (Click picture above for a larger version of the flyer.)
    Save The Date: DG Jim's Farewall Bash Deb Linden 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Polio Headlines James Lewis 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    RC of Fillmore Heritage Valley 5 - 10 K Run & Fitness Walk 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Submitted by Gil Igleheart
    About 2 months ago, we did a demonstration for Los Osos Rotary.  "Afterwards, Shirley Hulin, a past-president, told Igleheart that her husband, Bruce, was a veteran whose PTSD symptoms returned after his leg was amputated last year.
    Rotarian Gil Igleheart encouraged her to talk to Nicole Hern (Director of Training-New Life K9s). Several other key components serendipitously materialized to move this project forward.  " New Life K9s has been working with a yellow Labrador (Nickols) for over one and a half years but the dog showed some behavioral problems that would ban him from being a full service dog.  "The bond was instant and Nickols was placed with Bruce before his graduation. All participants in the placement came together to celebrate Bruce and Nickols’ success story on April 1st during another Los Osos Rotary Club meeting.
    New Life Founder, Jack Gould said, “Last time we demonstrated what a trained dog could do for a veteran. This time we can show you how Nickols has benefited a veteran.”  From his wheelchair with Nickols by his side, Hulin said, Nickols will nudge me when I feel anxious.  He picks things up that I can't reach and opens and closes doors with an attached rope."
    The quoted material in this can be read in its entirety by going to their website: www. tolosapress.com. The article was written by Judy Salamacha, a Morro Bay Rotarian.
    Upcoming Events
    May 9th - County Mental Health -County Government Building- San Luis Obispo 6PM
    May 12 - Paso Robles Rotary (noon club) Paso Robles Inn May 19 - Los Olivos Rotary 5pm
    Please view the KSBY newscast link here to get a good dose of what we Rotarians can do!
    For more information see: www.Pawsforacauseca.org or call Gil Igleheart @ 805-710-0332
    Paws For a Cause - Local Veteran Receives Service Dog - Doggone Great News! Gil Igleheart 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The editor received the following email from Kanika Gulia, President of the Interact Club at Moorpark High School, who wanted to share some of their projects with the District. The future is in good hands!
    Animal Shelter Drive
    Our Moorpark High School’s Interact Club was involved in an Animal Shelter Drive as a way to help support the Shelter Hope Pet Shop, a non-profit volunteer-based pet shop that showcases shelter animals available for in-store adoption. In this volunteer, we cooperated with the Petco Pet Store to request donations from customers. This volunteer opportunity helped our students in many ways to communicate with local individuals, and on a whole, the community service was a stepping stone for our Interact members to bring them into the adult world in terms of character, social stability and management capabilities. This successful drive also benefitted our Moorpark community by encouraging local residents through simple acts of kindness from teenagers, and through communicating with local customers, in a way, this volunteer helped bring a community together in effort to help support the Shelter Hope Pet Shop. In addition, this event was triumphant success for bringing warm smiles and greetings to the donators and the volunteers.
    Habitat for Humanity
    Joining Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, Interactors participated in the construction and repair of a home in our community! Habitat's Goals were to create opportunities for all people to live in decent and durable shelters. This volunteer opportunity that allowed students to intimately experience directly serving the people in need in the community. This experience involved cooperating with fellow volunteers and other employees; constructing and repairing residents in ways such as painting; and laughing and enjoying working alongside peers and workers. Our students proved to the world and our community that despite their young age, young students are capable of working zealously in effort to bring aid to those who lack necessities.
    Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat
    Every year, around Halloween, our Interact members walk around the neighborhoods adjacent to the High School to trick or treat to ask for canned foods to donate to the Moorpark Food Pantry to benefit individuals and families in need in Ventura County. Throughout the few years of trick or treating so others can eat, we were often surprised with the exceedingly successful results. During these volunteering occasions, volunteers were required to interact with individuals they didn’t know, yet every year, both our neighbors and volunteers always exchanged warm and polite interactions. Due to this experience,  students were able to improve their social skills and their character as advocates for beneficial change to our community and the world.
    Goings-On at Moorpark High - Interact Club 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Front Row L-R: Eric Kardel (Taiwan) RC SLO de Tolosa, Kathryn Evers (Belgium) RC SLO, Mathew Sabin (So. Korea) Bakersfield East
    Back Row L-R: Ronda Werner, YE Chair, Jordan Riley (Italy) RC Bakersfield Twilight, Andrew Berkovitz (Switzerland) RC Ojai West, Thalia Garcia-Young (France) RC Simi Valley, Haley Hall (Chile) RC Simi Sunrise, Anna Johnson (Germany) RC SLO de Tolosa
    The April 23-24 Outbound Orientation was chaired by Ronda Werner. We host this event in Camarillo for all of the Southern California and So. Nevada Outbound Students. The event was attended by 108 outbound students, parents, inbound students, Rotex and RYE Committee members. The weekend orientation helps prepare the students for a safe and successful year abroad. On Saturday, each student gave an introduction in their host language. On Sunday, each outbound announced his or her goals for their exchange and received their official Rotary Youth Exchange patch and pin for their blazers. The group is very excited about their exchange year. This is the first year we have had TWO outbounds from Kern County -- Congrats! The Bakersfield East Club will be hosting a girl from Spain this coming year. Our District will be hosting at least 7 girls and 3 boys including our first-ever student from Nigeria (Santa Barbara Sunrise) as well as students from Germany (SLO de Tolosa, SLO & Simi Valley), Italy (Camarillo), Brazil (Simi Sunrise), Japan (Goleta Noontime), France (Ojai West) and Taiwan (SLO de Tolosa).
    2016-2017 Rotary Youth Exchange Students Almost On Their Way Ronda Werner 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The Council on Legislation occurs only every three years. This is the only time that Rotary international and the Rotary Foundation can make changes in the governance documents. The Council is made up of representatives from all of the 534 districts worldwide. This year there were 523 certified delegates. Representatives are selected from within each of the Rotary districts and to be qualified, must be a past governor and in good standing with Rotary.
    Each of the Council on Legislation has been known to have a special “personality” or trait. This Council has been more progressive in their thinking and willing to make change where needed. This Council also earned the reputation of focusing on and benefitting the members and clubs as their primary objective. It was also noted by veteran members and RI staff that the composition of this group was also younger, and with fewer years in Rotary service than in the past.
    It was very interesting to see how international really is. There was simultaneous translation into 8 different languages, and the submitted enactments and resolutions often reflected specific issues that were cultural in origin. I was also pleasantly surprised at how “civil” discussion was during discussion, and respect was evident in almost every dispute.
    The Council started on Sunday the 10th of April afternoon and went daily until Friday the 15th in Chicago. It should also be noted that $1.50 is included in every Rotarians annual dues to pay for the Council on Legislation.
    Click Read More for the Rest of the Story...
    Report on Council on Legislation (COL) Wade Nomura 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    I am certain most of us are aware of the earthquakes that took place recently in Japan and Ecuador.  There was another “earthquake” recently, on April 12th, in Evanston, Illinois, at our Rotary International Council on Legislation (COL).  Paul Netztel, the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation called the changes both “evolutionary and revolutionary”.   The COL meets once every three years to consider and vote on “enactments” which, if voted in, change Rotary International’s constitutional documents (the Constitution, bylaws, and the standard club Constitution).  Each district sends a voting delegate so there are 534 voting delegates from around the world who attend.  This very progressive, forward-thinking Council made several important enactments, a few of which I will bullet-point briefly for you here:
    • (16-21)   Flexibility in Meetings/Attendance
      • How often a club meets is now up to the club except it must meet two times per month (there is no definition of “meeting”).
      • Attendance requirements are now up to the club.
      • (16-21) Allows clubs to remain the same or change accordingly.
    • (16-36)   Kinds of Membership
      • Clubs may now have other types of memberships than the standard “active and honorary” memberships.  This may include “corporate, associate, family,” etc.  memberships. 
    • (16-38)  Revise Qualifications for Membership to a club
      • This enactment eliminates business and professional criteria from membership qualification.
    • (16-99) Dues Increase
      • RI dues are currently $55 per year.   RI dues will increase $1 per year in 2016-17; increase $4 per year in 2017-18; increase $4 per year in 2018-2019; and increase $4 per year in 2019-20, reaching $68 per year in 2019-2020.  
      • Rationale:  investment returns are down; forecast shows deficits in next four years without a dues increase; more monies needed for upgrading the infrastructure (websites, etc). 
    • (16-01)  Requires written minutes of club Board of Director meetings
    • (16-02) Club Treasurer is added as an officer and board member, in addition to the Immediate Past President, President, President Elect, and club Secretary
    • (16-40) Rotaractors can simultaneously belong to a Rotary club.
    • (16-51) Transferring or former Rotarians are ineligible for membership in a club if they have debts to another club.
    • (16-82) E-Clubs - This enactment erases any distinction between regular clubs and e-clubs.  Regular clubs can have an on-line meeting; an e-club can have an in-person meeting.
    There are many more important enactments (click here for a brief summary) as well as proposed resolutions and enactments that were rejected.   For a more in-depth look at the COL, our representative PDG Wade Nomura has a separate article in this newsletter.
    In late February, we decided to have a contest for our Young Rotarians and Rotaractors (ages 19-35) to compete for a chance to attend the Young Leaders’ Summit (YLS) at the RI Convention in Seoul, South Korea on Friday May 27th.  The main purpose of the YLS is to provide an opportunity for young leaders around the world to convene and interact with one another to develop a road map for the future by discussing both challenges and opportunities to serve the world as future Rotarians. The summit includes speeches by world renowned speakers, panel discussions, performances and more.  But there’s more!  Each of these attendees are being offered accommodations and the opportunity to attend the RI Convention from 5/28 thru 6/1.   I am very proud to introduce to you our contest winners and soon-to-be District representatives/attendees to the Seoul YLS: 
    • RENE MARTINEZ,  RC of Buellton
    • DOMINIQUE BREDESON, RC of San Luis Obispo
    • JONATHAN  BROIDA, Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara
    • DAVID VO, RC of Santa Barbara Sunrise
    • SHANE NAZARETH, Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara
    ATTENTION:  Club Program Chairs - each of these five people would make a wonderful program for your club!
    Finally, here is a short 3-minute YouTube video to show you how easy it is to update your club logo, newsletter, website with our new imaging:  click here
    In Rotary Service . . . . .  Jim Bell
    Governor's Message - May 2016 Jim Bell 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    On February 6, 2016 local Rotary Club Members joined 125 volunteers of all ages to package 16,084 meals for the Stop Hunger Now humanitarian relief organization. Forty-two members of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo teamed up with the NGO, along with members from other clubs, Cal Poly, high school and middle school volunteer organizations and anyone else that was willing to lend their labor after a crash course in food prep safety.
    A BBQ lunch was served for volunteers at the PG&E Training Facility in Avila Beach, but the meal packs they prepared for shipping are vegan, with a combination of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Participating organizations can buy the materials for the packs at $0.29 each and host events to get them put together and ready for shipment to disaster relief centers, school feeding programs, and orphanages. After packing, the food has a shelf-life of two years.
    Christopher Romero, the northern California Program Manager for Stop Hunger Now noted that 90 percent of the aid is sent over-seas though partner organizations which run on the ground assistance in education and other methods where nutritional aid is an ancillary to their work. In short added, Parker Emerson with the Shelter Box program, aid is no longer dolled out in 50 pound bags thrown out of a moving truck. The food aid is being targeted with more care and respect than in years past.

    For more information, contact Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo President Jeff Stulberg.

    Photos & Article provided by Camas Frank - Editor. “Volunteers Gather to Fight Hunger.” SLO City News. 10 February 2016.
    RC of San Luis Obispo Volunteers Gather to Fight Hunger 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Dear Fellow Members of District 5240 -
    Please find in the attachment a short club story featuring the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo's "Hal Larsen Memorial Compostela Fishing Tournament". Our club is preparing for our Second Annual Tournament this fall, and raised more than $7,000 USD last year for the funding of a new regional public health clinic in Compostela, Mexico.
    Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you!
    Jessica Micklus
    RC of San Luis Obispo Hal Larsen Memorial Fishing Tournament Jessica Micklus 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    RC of Santa Maria Breakfast Luau Party & Auction Laurie Tamura 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    RC of Los Olivos 12th Annual Jazz & Olive Festival 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    RC of Arroyo Grande 2nd Annual Rotary Harley Raffle Margie Drube 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30, 2016
    Imagine a Thousand American Flags...
    Join Us! Over Memorial Day Weekend 2016, the sparkling lake in The Park at River Walk will be surrounded by a sea of red, white and blue as 1,000 American flags are flown in tribute to all who have sacrificed – and who continue to sacrifice – to make the United States the greatest country in the world.
    Come to the Park and experience this spectacular patriotic display and celebration. Take time to walk among the flags and remember the men and women who ensure our health, safety and liberty. Enjoy activities throughout the weekend. On Memorial Day, Monday, visit the patriotic fair with booths, bands and fun. Member of the brass section of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra will entertain the crowd with patriotic march music. From 11:30 - 1:00 pm, there will be a patriotic performances by our local groups followed by a very special presentation featuring a flag ceremony, dignitaries and invited guests. Sponsor one of these beautiful flags in honor of your loved one. Sponsors may pick up their beautiful flags after the event.
    Sponsor one of the flags to be flown in honor of anyone, living or deceased, whom you wish to remember on this special day with a dramatic display of patriotism – perhaps a veteran, active service member, first responder, loved one, friend or any person who makes or has made our country a better place. Each flag comes with a special certificate suitable for framing and you're welcome to take your flag home after the event as our thank you. Order online or download the flag sponsor form.
    (Flag Sponsor Download Form) https://od.lk/f/N183NTEwOTM0NV81VEdqbA
    (Thousand Flags homepage) http://www.thousandflags.org/home.html
    RC of Bakersfield Breakfast Third Annual "Thousand Flags" Event 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Using Social Media to Expand Your Event's Reach 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary members are among the first to reach out and offer help in times of disaster, including in Ecuador and Japan, where earthquakes have killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage. Rotary districts in both countries have established relief funds, and members are collaborating with governments and other agencies to direct assistance where it is needed most.

    Learn how you can help
    Disaster Relief - Helping Earthquake Victims in Ecuador, Japan 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

    The 2016 Council on Legislation may well be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history. Council members granted clubs more freedom to determine their meeting schedule and membership, and approved a per capita dues increase of $4 a year for three years to enhance Rotary’s website, improve online tools, and add programs for clubs. Read more about the Council, see photos, and download vote totals.

    Council Grants Clubs Greater Flexibility 2016-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary District 5240 has recently lost several esteemed and vibrant members. We are saddened at their passing.
    EDWARD T. HAGER, M.D., (84) Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, Arch Klumph Society.
         On February 23, the 111th Anniversary of Rotary International we lost a dear friend of Rotary in District 5240 and especially to the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks.  A Rotary club member since 1999 and District 5240 Rotarian of the year in 2009-10, he was accepted into the Arch Klumph Society in 2010 and then reached the status of Arch Klumph Level 2 before his passing, a total contribution to Rotary International of well over $500,000. Without question he guided RC of Thousand Oaks into the big leagues of philanthropic giving. To the members of his home club, though, he will be remembered for his embracement of the Spirit of Rotary and his marvelous sense of humor.
         Born February 16, 1932 in Reading, Pennsylvania, Ed had an outstanding academic education, including Mercer Academy, Middleburg College, Duke University and UC Berkeley.  He received his MD degree from Baylor University. He practiced medicine in Santa Monica and Culver City, CA specializing in Internal medicine and Geriatrics.  After 20 years as a physician, Ed became very involved in the field of investing, which led to his spending 6 years as a member of the Pacific Stock Exchange.
    In Rotary, Ed found an organization that matched his passion for making a difference. In one instance, Ed initiated a matching donation drive that raised over $100,000 for the club's Rotary Foundation. Every year you could count on Ed to come up with some matching challenge program to make club member giving a success.
         His favorite Rotary Foundation project was Polio Eradication. As a physician he understood firsthand what a terrible impact this disease has on both the child and their family. Ed believed that the Polio partnership with the Gates Foundation demonstrated that the world recognized what he had found: An appreciation for how effectively money is used and managed by Rotary.
         Ed was equally involved in the community. In addition to his school alumni organizations and church activities he was very active in horticulture. A major financial contributor to the Botanical Gardens in Thousand Oaks, Ed was oftentimes found at the Gardens weeding and planting with other volunteers.  He was a major contributor to Special Olympics and was instrumental in the establishment of the highly successful annual RC Thousand Oaks wine event fundraiser held every August. 
         Ed was quoted as saying “If someone ever brings peace to the world, it will be Rotary, because Rotary solves problems and brings people together.
         Ed was happily married to Andrea who preceded him in death after 34 years of marriage.   He is survived by three adult children, Daniel, Robert and Christa.

    Larry was eulogized in the last newsletter, although we had not received his obituary.  It is shown here:
    Lawrence A. Emrich, 70, of Ventura, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, following a lengthy illness. Larry was born June 9, 1945, in Highland Park, Michigan, to Philip and Louise VanEyck Emrich.
         Larry graduated from San Marcos High School in 1963 and graduated from UCSB in 1970 with a Bachelor's Degree in English. He dedicated his life to education and began his teaching career at Fillmore High School where he also coached basketball. He was the principal of Ventura High School beginning in 1994 until his retirement in 2006. Larry was highly thought of by colleagues and students alike, and was known for his positive disposition, good judgement and fairness.
    He was a dedicated member of the Ventura Rotary Club where he served on the board of directors and as President in 2009/2010. He was the recipient of numerous Paul Harris Fellowship Awards, given to Rotarians for service above self to the community and to Rotary projects.
         Having survived polio as a child, Larry was an advocate for polio eradication and had participated in the National Immunization Day representing Rotary in India on two occasions. He was very proud to have his son Triston accompany him on one of these NID trips to India. On behalf of District 5240, Larry visited many Rotary Clubs promoting participation in Rotary's goal of worldwide polio eradication.
         Larry was an avid surfer, a voracious reader and enjoyed playing cribbage.
         He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karin Emrich of Ventura; son and daughter-in-law, Tristan and Christi Emrich and grandson, Finn of Valencia; brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Mary Emrich of Santa Barbara; as well as nieces, nephews and many other family members.
         Memorial contributions may be made in Larry's name to the Julius Guis Memorial Foundation, Ventura Rotary Club, P. O. 2100, Ventura, CA 93002-2100.
    In Memoriam 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    We spoke at the Central California Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America on the 11th of March! They wanted to hear about what we are doing for the local veterans. We told them about being 100% sustainable... our goal! We will accomplish this through tee shirt sales, donation jars and other fundraising efforts. Thank you all for helping us help our veterans...without your financial support this wouldn't be possible!
    On April 1st, we will be presenting a dog to a Vietnam Veteran! This will take place at the Los Osos Rotary meeting in Baywood Park. If you are interested in attending please call 805-710-0332 because advanced reservations are required. This is the first dog being placed through the efforts of the local Rotary clubs (Cayucos, Morro Bay, Los Osos, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo and Los Olivos Rotary)
    NAME THAT DOG! On April 12th we will be at Cayucos Elementary School providing the local school kids with a chance to name our puppy . . . the symbol logo red, white and blue dog. These children will also see the dog perform its service dog duties!
    On April 19th from 11am to 1 pm, we will be at Cuesta College to be a part of "the Veterans Community Providers Fair." We will talk to the Veterans and explain what we have to offer.
    On April 29th, we take the show on the road! Cambria Rotary has invited us to come do our presentation...it's all about the veterans and the dogs. The only way to really see what these dogs can do for these men and women is to attend one of these performances.
    Because of the large audience at Madonna Inn, we have been invited to do more and more of our talks and performances! We are now scheduled to speak at County Mental Health Services. We will be there on May 9th with the local director of Veteran Affairs, Chris Lopez. The location will be the County Government Building. This event will be shown on local television. Great things are happening! Come see for yourselves!
    We are changing lives... maybe even yours!
    Be a part of this... www.pawsforacauseca.org
    Gil Igleheart
    Paws for a Cause - Doggone Great News! 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    RC of Newbury Park's Treasurer and Youth Director (and District Youth Chair), JOE JOYCE, was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce at their Gala on March 4, 2016. Thanks to RC Newbury Park Past President, Patrick Miller, CEO of CBC Credit Union, for hosting the Rotary table at the gala. Pictured are various members of Group 4 clubs and their significant others, with Joe and his wife Annette to his right in the center.
    Another Rotarian is Honored 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotary, Oppenheimer, Global Partnership for Education, and the World Bank joined together to present an International Women’s Day event featuring two of Rotary’s Women of Action, Marion Bunch and Deepa Willingham. The event illustrated how women use innovative health and education projects to change the world and improve lives.  Read Quenton Wodon’s article for a fuller understanding.
    What can we learn from inspiring Women of Action?
    Posted on March 7, 2016 in Rotary Weekly • By Quentin Wodon
    Rotary is about service and fellowship. While some value fellowship the most, others place the emphasis on service as the defining characteristic of their Rotary experience. I tend to belong to the second group. I believe in the importance of thinking through the design of our service projects to ensure they have a lasting and measurable impact on those we are trying to help.
    That is why I am excited about an upcoming event for International Women’s Day that will feature two women who have exemplified this in their tireless work on behalf of the less fortunate. Both Marion Bunch and Deepa Willingham have been recognized by Rotary as Women of Action, and for good reason. They will be featured in an event on 8 March from 14:00 to 15:00 Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) at the World Bank. The event will be streamed live, and a recording will be available later.
    Marion Bunch is the head of Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention. Bunch acted on a heart-felt desire to extend health care to hundreds of thousands who lacked it, and has helped organize free Family Health Days in several countries in Africa and now South Asia. The health screenings are both effective and economical.
    Deepa Willingham founded PACE Universal out of a desire to empower young women from impoverished areas through education, health, nutrition, and social development. I talked to Willingham recently, and was impressed at her commitment and dedication. When she left her native India to pursue a degree in the United States, she made a vow to return home and effect real change for girls there. She is keeping that vow, having returned to India to manage several different interventions including opening a secondary school in a village that lacked one and helping women earn a decent wage.
    The Women’s Day event is an excellent opportunity to hear and learn from these women. Please share this information with Rotary members you know and your friends. Let’s be inspired to do great service through Rotary.
    About the author: Quentin Wodon is a lead economist at the World Bank. He holds PhDs in economics and in theology and religious studies, and has taught at universities in Europe and the U.S. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., and is involved in several innovative global grants. He is also author of the Rotarian Economist blog.
    Rotarian Inspiring Women of Action - Including 5240's Own PDG Deepa Willingham 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo is proud to announce that they’ll be adding a new category to their scholarship awards this year. $5,000 will be awarded to a student who is the first in their family to attend a four-year college. 
    This scholarship will be part of the $39,000 the club has set aside for scholarships in 2015-16. In addition to general academic and vocational scholarships for high school and college students, the club also awards the Billie Watson Memorial Music Scholarship, the James W. Braebeck Agricultural Scholarship, the Rizzoli Scholarship (for auto mechanics), and several scholarships for students attending continuation school and those leaving the foster-care program.
    Winners in the 2014-15 Rotary year include (in alphabetical order): Andrea Albarran, Mia Alexander, Joshua Barnhart, Keaton Burcheri, David Callahan , Ruby Callahan, Kevin Conroy, Nicholas D’Acri, Felicia Gonzalez, Troy Hanson, Daniel Herrera , Will Kraemer, Jennifer Luck, Kelly McGuire, Bailey Maher, Avery Martin, Malea Martin, Lesly Martinez, Deep Mistry, Mauria Nakamura, Trevor Porter, Shelby Thomas, Sam Thompson, Jonathan Triguero.
    For more information, contact Jim Salio, jsalio@msn.com.
    New First-in-Family Scholarship Announced by the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    On Saturday, March 19th, District 5240 held the first ever Rotaract Retreat in San Luis Obispo. Representatives from many Rotaract Clubs in the District gathered to discuss the strengths and challenges that each club is facing.  Specific goals were to find ways to 1) foster communication and collaboration and 2) to identify ways the District can help support each Rotaract club.  The day was spent brainstorming, sharing ideas and ultimately setting the path for the remainder of this year as well as the upcoming 2016-17 Rotary year with the following people running the ship: District Rotaract Representative, Madelyn Stringham, District Rotaract Chair, MacKenzie West, and MacKenzenzie’s successor, Ben Wilson.  Rotaract Clubs in attendance at the event were Santa Maria Valley, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tehachapi and Conejo Valley. The event was sponsored by District 5240 and supported by the lineup of past, present and future District Governors who were all in attendance: Jim Bell, Nick Frankle, John Weiss, and Sandi Schwartz.
    Madelyn Stringham
    First-Ever Rotaract Retreat 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Great American Clean-up Day, Saturday, April 23, 2016 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Looking to enhance your club membership experience? Do you want to find opportunities for growth in your club? Club and district leaders now have a set of updated Membership Assessment Tools (formerly Club Assessment Tools) to help them strengthen club membership and add value to your club membership experience, so that more people will join and fewer members will leave.
    For your convenience, you can download the entire publication, or just the individual assessments that are most relevant to your club.
    The individual assessments, which walk users through evaluation and development of an action plan, include:
    Historical trends show that there’s an increase in membership soon after the new year, so this is the perfect time to consider how you welcome new members into your club. Read how one club is using our New Member Welcome Kits to enhance their welcome and orientation.
    New Tools for the Membership Tool Belt 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    New England Journal of Medicine Article on Defeating Polio James Lewis 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Sheriff Jim is "Ridin' Into The Sunset", Pardners 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    April is a very busy month in our District. We kick-off "PEDAL AGAINST POLIO," a month-long event to raise monies for Polio Plus. Pedal Against Polio is a very adaptive, simple plan that will be implemented in many different ways: stationary bikes in homes and fitness centers and/or actual rides in many cities (5k, 10k, 20k, 30k) around the District. Many clubs have chosen their approach to this very flexible and convenient way to support the eradication of polio. I'm so proud of you for taking on the Pedal Against Polio Challenge during April. A big shout-out to Dan Giordano and Jim Lewis for leading this charge.
    With each April comes our District Training Assemblies. Please plan on your "continuing Rotary education" in Oxnard on April 2nd, or in Bakersfield on April 23rd. There are many 'elective' classes being offered this year. Our clubs get better when we get better, it's been said.
    Also, in April, it's customary for us to visit our sister districts for their District Conferences. First up is our sister district in South Korea, District 3720. Donna and I will be accompanied by District Governor Nominee John Weiss and Past District Governor Chungsam Doh, our leader, interpreter, as well as the father of this district relationship. We are looking forward to the second week in April in Ulsan and Changwon in the southern portion of the country. This will be the last time we visit District 3720. Rotary in South Korea is growing rapidly and on July 1st, District 3720 is splitting into two Districts giving us two sister District relationships in future years. The last week of the month finds us in Mexico with a fairly large delegation from our District in San Miguel de Allende for District 4160's District Conference. Many local Rotarians are also going along to visit on-going grant projects that so many of our clubs have so generously participated in, and of course to continue the many friendships we have developed over the years.
    See you at the District Training Assemblies!
    In Rotary Service... Jim Bell
    Governor's Message - April 2016 Jim Bell 2016-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Pedal Against Polio is a District wide fundraiser to assist with Rotary's goal of eradication of Polio. We are looking to the month of April 2016 to run the event.
    Each District Club is encouraged to participate by putting together, in their area, both an outdoor and indoor bike ride.
    Each District Club will have the discretion of determining the distances and locations for the outdoor ride. Each District Club will have the discretion of determining the location for the indoor ride.
    Many cities in District 5240 have multiple Rotary Clubs and I would encourage these Rotary Clubs to work together to increase participation.
    Think of what could be raised in April 2016 in the effort to eradicate Polio if all 74 District 5240 Clubs participated in putting on a Pedal Against Polio event.
    For more information, please contact Dan Giordano at dgiordano@bak.rr.com or call 661-834-1065 if you are interested in participating in the Pedal Against Polio April event.
    Pedal Against Polio Dan Giordano 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Welcome to March and the beginning of daylight savings time.  Be sure to set your clock ahead on Saturday March 12th before going to bed.
    One of the tremendous assets we don’t often talk about is the Zone 25/26 website.   You can find it at  www.zone2526.org.   Across the top of the home page are eight drop-down menu choices.  I’d like to bring two of them to your attention:   Strengthen Clubs and TRF.   When you ‘hover’ over Strengthen Clubs, the drop-down menu offers three choices.  Please check-out Membership and then Public Image.  These two topics apply to every club.  Both of these support areas will go a long way in answering your questions and offering the help you need in both areas. 
    The TRF menu has one drop-down entitled TRF Resources.  Within this one drop-down menu you will see eleven conveniently labeled folders filled with every topic you can imagine to strengthen your club’s TRF commitment.  There are even videos to use for training and club programs.  You will also find global and district grants information to help you.   All of this is offered at no cost in order to help each Rotarian become more knowledgeable and, in the process, help their club become a “world-class” club!
    Governor's Message - March 2016 Jim Bell 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Rotary District 5240 has recently lost several esteemed and vibrant members. We are saddened at their passing.
    RICHARD A. REGNIER (1931-2016)
    Richard Regnier of Oxnard Rotary will be remembered as a gentleman, a scholar, a true renaissance man.  He lived by his guiding principles: duty, honor, country and the pursuit of excellence.  Dick attended Harvard University, graduated from West Point and was commissioned in 1955 as a pilot in the Air Force.  After graduating from Bolt Hall Law School at U.C. Berkeley, he took a position with the Ventura County District Attorney's office and practiced law for 53 years.  Dick's three great loves were baseball, dogs and golf.  One of his favorite stories, and he was quite a storyteller, was during West Point's exhibition games against the NY Giants, he struck out Willie Mays four times.  Perhaps Dick's greatest attribute was his generosity.  His favorite motto was "Be kinder than necessary.”  With his wife Georgianna, Dick went on NID to India to help eradicate polio.  Always generous with his time, Dick touched many lives as a mentor, teacher, role model and friend. As a masterful speaker, he entertained, encouraged, inspired and motivated.  He will be remembered for his intelligence, whit, humor, generosity and integrity.  Memorial services will be held at Padre Serra, 5205 Upland Rd., Camarillo on Saturday, February 20th at 1:00pm.  Condolences can be sent to gregnieresq@earthlink.net  
    Oxnard Rotary Club President Mark Spellman’s Remembrance:
    “We were blessed to know Dick and have the opportunity to learn from his unyielding passion to assist and educate everyone around him.  Dick was one of the most attentive people I've ever met. Well-Spoken, eloquent, and an old-fashioned gentlemen; Dick was clear-eyed and focused for every endeavor he tackled. If Dick noticed a fire in your belly for a cause you believed in, he would go out of his to help you keep it lit and add the fuel that was necessary to sustain that feeling. I will sorely miss Dick Regnier, a true Renaissance Man of our times.”
    Max Copenhagen, Rotary Club of Camarillo writes:
    “Sadly we mourn the loss of Georgie’s husband and our good friend, Dick Regnier, whom we often saw at our club meetings over the years.  Dick was a dedicated member of Oxnard Rotary.  On several occasions, he was our program speaker, and his presentations were always memorable.  Dick was a true gentleman and friend, and we will really miss him.”

    EDWARD DAVID “SKIP” FARIA  (1/21/1951 -  1/8/2016)
    Edward David “Skip” Faria died on Friday, January 8, 2016 at his home in Simi Valley.  Skip was born on January 21, 1951 in Los Angeles, California and was known as “Skip” throughout his childhood years.
    Skip worked for Golden State Water Company for more than 39 years.  He and his first wife, Linda Wegener Faria settled and lived in Simi Valley for more than 20 years. Skip was a past president of Simi Noontime Rotary and was actively involved in the community of Simi Valley. His involvement included the annual fireworks display, pancake breakfasts, and many other fundraising events and charitable causes. Skip served his community with distinction and was acknowledged for his service with numerous awards and recognitions.
    Skip loved Corvettes and had his first “Vette” at the age nineteen. Along with his love for Corvettes, Skip also loved the water and became a Master PADI Scuba Instructor in 1986.
    Skip leaves behind his daughter, Dana Kristine Faria, 30, and his son, David Edward Faria, 28. He was recently wed to Theresa “Tess” Faria. In addition he leaves behind his sister Valerie Wheeler.
    Donations in Skip’s memory may be made to: EndPolioNow.org
    Virginia L. Hayward
    Chief Executive Officer
    Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley

    PIERCE TROWBRIDGE WETTER, JR.  (12/1/1925 -  1/12/2016)
    December 1, 1925 - January 12, 2016 Pierce Trowbridge Wetter, Jr, 87 of Simi Valley, CA passed away from complications resulting from his battle with Parkinson's.  Pierce was born in New York City to Pierce Cobb Trowbridge Wetter and Gladys Amy Mock. Pierce was named in honor of an ancestor, William Pierce who owned the barbershop where the Boston Tea Party was planned. Graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, Pierce taught himself electronics and control system theory in the early days of the Aerospace industry. Serving in the Army at White Sands, NM, he loved the friendliness and openness of the people of the West and resolved to come West in time for the California Aerospace boom. Working at Philco in the San Jose area, he met and married Mary Lou Smith on March 22nd, 1959 in Santa Cruz, CA.  Pierce and Mary Lou moved to Southern California for a job at a company called Canoga in Canoga Park. They had a son, Pierce III on December 23, 1966. In 1969 with 7 others, Pierce founded Datron Advanced Technologies. Pierce worked there until he retired from his Chief Scientist role at the age of 84, and was beloved at his workplace; it was common for the employees to refer to him as "Uncle Pierce." A lifelong learner, Pierce evaluated people on their capabilities, not their credentials, race or gender. Pierce demonstrated the power of lifelong learning when he was granted patent #6,078,296 at the age of 75. Datron and its subsidiaries continue to employ hundreds of people throughout the Southern California area. Datron has had several CEOs who began their careers working hands-on as technicians, then engineering, then to executive positions, all at Datron. Hands-on experience has paid off; Datron has a reputation for building systems that work reliably in the toughest environments on the planet. Pierce is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Wetter, 79, his sister Billie Alban, 90, his son, Pierce T. Wetter III and his wife Deanna, and six loving nieces and nephews. Services were held Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10am. Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Westlake Village, 5600 Lindero Canyon Rd. The family asks that you do something simple and personal to further education. Give a gift card anonymously to the schoolteachers of your family and friends for classroom materials.
    Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 17, 2016

    Larry Emrich, a former principal at Ventura High School, has died. Emrich, 70, died Wednesday afternoon, February 17th at Community Memorial Hospital of leukemia. "He's been the patriarch of our family," his wife, Karin, said Thursday morning. "All the young adults in our family go to him for advice. He was a wonderful listener, insightful. And he had the patience of a saint, really."
    Emrich was an assistant principal, then principal at Ventura High before retiring in 2006, said former Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga.
    "He was a stellar principal," Arriaga said. "He cared deeply for students. And he was proud to be a Ventura High School Cougar. He kind of had that Cougar blood in him."
    Emrich, who contracted polio as a child and walked with a slight limp, joined a local Rotary Club as an adult. In 2012, he joined the Rotarians on a trip to India where he helped immunize children against polio.
    In addition to his wife, Emrich is survived by his son, Tristan; daughter-in-law, Christi; grandson, Finn; brother and many other relatives.
    Emrich wished to be cremated. His family is planning a paddle out at Surfers Point in Ventura but has not yet set a date. Instead of flowers, his family asks that people donate to their favorite charity in his memory.  By Jean Moore of the Ventura County Star

    As we were going to press with the newsletter, we sadly learned about the February 23rd death of Dr. Edward Hager (84), Past Rotarian of the Year, 2009-2010, and member of the Arch Klumph Society.  Dr. Ed was a member of the RC of Thousand Oaks.  More on Dr. Hager next month.
    In Memoriam 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Masquerade in Cayucos - March 19, 2016 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    After you view this video prepared by a talented and dedicated Ventura High School Interact Club, you will see one of the many reasons that future Rotary and world are in good hands.
    (Click picture above to watch the video.)
    Ventura High School Interact Club - A Video with Pride! 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Polio Plus Update as of February 24th James Lewis 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Save the lives of our veterans who suffer from PTSD! 22 veterans are committing suicide a day- that we know of!
    The Paws for a Cause Foundation raises funds for the training of service dogs and underwrites the costs of socializing companion dogs for veterans. We are partnered with Woods Humane Society, along with New Life K9s-who are partnered with Bergin University and now California Men's Colony (CMC).
    On the military side, we work with the Central California Coast Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Vandenberg Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars, and the Marine Corp League 680 to find veterans who would benefit from a service or companion dog.
    A kick-off luncheon for Paws for a Cause- K9s for Warriors (PFAC) will be at noon on March 11th at Madonna Inn. Lunch is $22.00 per person. Limited seating available, reserve a space by March 4. Call 805-710-0332 for more information about Paws for a Cause, or to book a seat for lunch.
    For more information, contact Gil Igleheart (Rotary Club of Cayucos Seaside) at gil.igleheart@gmail.com.
    Paws For a Cause Gil Igleheart 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    5th Annual California Jazz & Wine Festival 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Tour Members and Rotary Change Lives in Bosnia 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Greetings from Evanston!
    In an effort to keep Rotarians informed of the cadre’s activities, we are continuing distribution of Tech Talk, the cadre’s quarterly newsletter, to all district governors.  I have attached the latest issue, February 2016, and encourage you to forward Tech Talk to the members of your district, add it to your district’s website, or include it in your district’s newsletter. 
    If you know of any Rotarians in your district who would make great cadre members, I encourage you to forward them the attached cadre registration form.
    I appreciate your assistance in sharing this information with the Rotarians in your district.  If you have any questions about the cadre, please do not hesitate to contact me.
    Christian Pepera
    Rotary Foundation Cadre Specialist | Stewardship | Office of the General Counsel
    Tel 1.847.866.3357
    The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers Christian Pepera 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Three Ways to Make Rotary Personal 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa welcomed LeAnn Rimes to a sellout crowd at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Theater.  The Valentines Weekend Event is its annual fundraiser.  To begin the event the crowd was presented with a 5-minute video about the great work that Rotary provides both in its communities and abroad. 
    As pictured, Kyle Thomas (Rotaract SLO President) got to join his mom Melinda Thomas (President SLO de Tolosa) in greeting LeAnn Rimes to their town.
    Proceeds of the event funds SLO de Tolosa's charitable efforts whose focus is on Youth Charities.
    Melinda Thomas
    President, Rotary Club of SLO de Tolosa
    Successful Event Sponsored by RC of SLO de Tolosa Melinda Thomas 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Creates Magic Show, is coming to the Theater on High Street in Moorpark at 7:30 pm on March 19, 2016.  The 33rd Annual Rotary Fundraiser will bring the Theater alive with magic featuring World Class Magicians from Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle, including:
    • Larry Wilson, Emmy Nominated Magician
    • Arthur Trace, World Class Magician
    • Funny Eddie Medrano, Magician and former Circus Clown
    • Shawn McMaster, The Master of Comedy Magic
    • Paul Dwork, The Magic of Merlin
    This will be Paul Dwork’s 33rd year producing the charitable event.  With all these excellent magicians performing in one show, their five different disciplines of magic will truly make this an amazing evening and a wonderful show for children of all ages.
    Tickets are available for $35 at Merlin's Magic, 699 Mobil Ave., Camarillo, or call 805-388-7669, or email paul@magicmagicmagic.com.  Seating is limited.  Proceeds will benefit local charities thru the Camarillo Rotary Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
    For more information, contact Max Copenhagen at mcsmok59@hotmail.com or 805-312-5506.
    Annual Rotary Magic Show Max Copenhagen 2016-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Please come for ALL or PART of a weekend of fun, food, melodrama and collegiate athletics all supporting the eradication of polio. Click on the picture below for a full sized version of the flyer.
    Join the Fun to End Polio Now
    • Feb 25th - Farmer's Market - Meet Lady Mustangs
    • Feb 26th - Oceano Melodrama
    • Feb 27th - Cal Poly Lady Mustangs play UCSB
    (Click on picture above for a larger version of the flyer that you can pass around to your club members.)
    Polio Plus Weekend in San Luis Obispo - February 25, 26 and 27 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Interact District Conference - April 9th Sandi Schwartz 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Dear Rotarian,
    We are excited to announce that the 2017 Rotary Peace Fellowship is now available online! We encourage you to promote the fellowship and have your district endorse qualified applicants who are dedicated to promoting peace.
    Please go to our website to review the fellowship details, application process, animation video, and find additional resources for applicants and Rotarians. 
    Important reminders about the peace fellowship:
    1. Districts are not responsible for funding applicants. Your district can endorse as many candidates as deemed qualified at no cost.
    2. 31 May 2016 District Deadline - Applications should be sent to DG Jim (jimbelldg1516@gmail.com)
    a.   Applicants must submit their application to the district by 31 May to seek endorsement.
    b.   Districts must interview and submit their endorsement forms to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July 2016.
    c.   Applicants can choose to apply online or with the PDF application. Both can be located on the website. 
    Linked to this email are extra resources to help recruit applicants, better understand the application process, and conduct interviews for applicants you are interested in endorsing.
    Additional resources include:
    3.      Rotary Peace Centers Programmatic Webinar (English only): https://vimeo.com/147646382
    We thank you for your dedication and support to the Rotary Peace Centers and the Rotary Peace Fellowship. By working together to recruit and select highly qualified candidates for the 2017 Rotary Peace Fellowship, we continue to build peace and work towards conflict prevention and resolution in our world.
    Warm regards,
    Rotary Peace Centers
    2017 Rotary Peace Fellowship Rotary Peace Centers 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Taken from Deb Holler’s (RC of Simi Valley) Facebook page is the following heart-warming story of Rotarians in action:
    Thank you to all members of Team Tony for your prayers and encouraging words! In less than 24 hours from now, Tony Falato will receive the gift of life from fellow Rotarian Rocky Rhodes, and the transplant process will begin!! We ask for your continued prayers and positive thoughts for Tony and our donor Rocky throughout the day tomorrow and in the coming weeks as they begin the recovery process. We will post updates on the Team Tony page as we are able. We thank for so much love and support through this process!!
     Look at these smiles with their signed hospital gowns from the Rotary Club of Simi Valley! It says it all! The person giving the gift of life and the person receiving the gift of life. Praying for the perfect outcome today!! We love you Tony Falato and Rocky Rhodes!!
    The day after surgery both Tony and Rocky are resting and recovering. Your continued prayers are appreciated! Thank you to all of you for your comments, prayers, and show of amazing support and love!!
    The Four Way Test - "Will It Be Beneficial To All Concerned" - You betcha!! Deb Holler 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Legend is an average-looking Labrador retriever with an extraordinary job. He is a therapy dog used to comfort court witnesses and victims, including devastated children, as they recall traumatic events.
    On a recent assignment, Legend sat in the witness box of a Bakersfield, Ca. courtroom, his nose in the lap of a child as she explained how her stepfather shot her mother in the head. The child was understandably nervous; she had not seen her stepfather since the night of the shooting. Legend spent over an hour with the child on the stand as she described details surrounding that horrific event.
    Deputy District Attorney Kenneth Green, a criminal prosecutor and Legend’s owner, works to make neighborhoods safer by keeping criminals off the street. Sometimes this requires the testimony of children. Child witnesses are glad to have a gentle, intuitive pooch stay near during a difficult time. For these children, Legend is a hero. A hero that brings relief and healing for vulnerable children who have undergone experiences so appalling they should never have lived through them, let alone be asked to explain them again to a jury. Legend’s comfort for children comes at a critical time. This calm creature soothes children in the witness box as they recount memories of rape, shootings and assault. To prevent swaying jurors’ opinions of the witness or their testimony, Legend is trained to stay hidden, and usually does.
    Legend has always had a tender soul. Green initially took Legend as a puppy to train him as a guide dog. But when Legend, raised by Green’s family in a rural setting, failed a stressful performance examination on a busy Los Angeles street, a new purpose at court emerged. Legend was already a beloved court visitor when he was rejected as a guide dog – he spent days lying around Green’s office. Legend had already been present for most of Green’s time working with child molestation victims and was a natural fit because his calm nature had a soothing effect on children.
    Months later, after many tests and a performance exam, Legend was certified as a comfort dog. Now, Green brings Legend to work with him almost every day. For his courthouse job, Legend was taught to take commands from far away without making eye contact with the handler, maintain positions for long periods of time and respond to witnesses’ emotional needs. Legend has a knack for these things. And it is for these reasons and more, that Rotarian John Fallgatter of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield West made Legend a RI Paul Harris Fellow.
    Legend’s popularity has earned him his own Facebook page. Green and his wife are preparing to add another trainer and more dogs to the witness comfort program. Once the training is formalized, Green plans to expand the program to provide nuzzling solace for more child witnesses.
    *Submitted by Rotarian Jacquelyn S. Jans as reported by Bakersfield Life Magazine, July 2015.
    ** Photos include Legend receiving his PH certificate, pin and medallion (which personally belonged to John Fallgatter when he was made a PH); along with RC of West President Roger Griess, Rotarian Jacquelyn S. Jans, Deputy Dist. Attorney Ken Green, Faith Green and Rotarian John Fallgatter.
    Courtroom Canine becomes a RI Paul Harris Fellow Jacque Jans 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Hear how a 33 member Rotary club in Worcester, Massachusetts brought in 82 members the year Satya Mitra was president.  He now sits on the RI Membership Committee and speaks to clubs all over the world.  We are delighted he will be in our area the first week of March.
    Come hear Satya on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at noon at the RC of Thousand Oaks meeting, Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.  You’ll be glad you did.
    How To Increase Your Club's Membership 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
    We would like to take this opportunity as the new year starts, to remind you about Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefit program featuring special offers that allow you to do a lot more for a lot less—no matter what you’re doing. 
    Whether you’re working on your club’s community projects, enjoying a night out with friends or sharing your Rotary story with someone new, you can take advantage of discounts and special offers on airfare, hotels, vehicle rentals, and entertainment.
    Would you like to offer discounts from your business to other Rotarians? Help build the program by adding special offers from your own company to the growing portfolio of Rotary Global Rewards. To learn more, visit Rotary.org/GlobalRewards.
    Please share this exciting news with your members. You’ll find promotional tools on the Rotary Global Rewards website that will help you introduce your Rotarian friends to the program.
    The good you do comes back to you.
    Special Offers Exclusively for Rotarians 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Hello all.  Happy new year! 
    I’m pleased to report that National Geographic Online posted an article today about the future of polio eradication. The article heavily quotes our very own, Dr. Carol Pandak and highlights Rotary’s role in the fight against polio.  
    National Geographic Magazine Online gets 2,517,119 unique visitors to the site each month and this story is a wonderful way to reinforce Rotary’s amazing work to its readers.
    I’ve posted the link and story below my signature, highlighting all of Dr. Pandak’s quotes.
    Chanele Williams
    Media Relations Specialist | Public Relations Group
    Rotary's Work Spotlighted in "National Geographic" 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
    Pedal Against Polio is a District wide fundraiser to assist with Rotary’s goal of eradicating Polio. We are looking to the month of April, 2016 to run the event.  

    Each District Club is encouraged to participate by putting together, in their area, both an outdoor and indoor bike ride.

    Each District Club will have the discretion of determining the distances and locations for the outdoor ride. Each District Club will have the discretion of determining the location for the indoor ride. 

    Many cities in District 5240 have multiple Rotary Clubs and I would encourage these Rotary Clubs to work together to increase participation.

    Think of what could be raised in April of 2016 in the effort to eradicate Polio if all 73 District 5240 Clubs participated in putting on a Pedal Against Polio event.

    For more information please contact me, Dan Giordano at dgiordano@bak.rr.com  or call 661-834-1065 if you are interested in participating in the Pedal Against Polio April event. 
    Pedal Against Polio Dan Giordano 2016-02-01 08:00:00Z