World Polio Day Special Event: 
October is a special month in Rotary! On October 24, we celebrate World Polio Day when we join together to celebrate our success so far in eradicating Polio and raise funds to “Get to Zero.” Our Group 8 clubs have organized a very special event for World Polio Day and everyone is invited. Craig Needham, an attorney in San Jose, will share his amazing and inspiring story of being raised by him mother while she was confined to an iron lung after being paralyzed from Polio. Click on the flyer below or on this link to register:
Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week:
October 5-11, 2020 is Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week, a special time to renew relationships with former Rotary program participants, including Peace Fellows, Youth Exchange Students, RYLA students, Rotary Scholarship recipients, and former Rotaractors and Interactors. Take some time to reach out to these Alumni and invite them back into the Rotary family. Invite them to your virtual club meetings or schedule a special virtual social to reconnect and hear their stories. Every Rotary Alumnus is a potential Rotary Member!
Virtual District Conference:
We are SO excited for the Virtual District 5240 Conference, LIVE on November 6-8, 2020! A detailed agenda is now posted on the Conference website at
Here is your Call to Action for the conference:
  • Register: Registration and info are now available at Cost is only $25 per person ($10 for Rotaract members; youth under 18 are free).
  • Share What Rotary Means to You: We want to hear what Rotary means to our members, and we will be compiling the responses into a cool video that will be shown at the conference. All you need to do is shoot a short video of yourself responding to the following question: “To me, Rotary is ____________________.” Your response should be a max of five words long. And be sure to hold your smart phone in landscape mode (sideways). Email your videos to Ron Regier at Please share with your members and encourage them to submit videos.
  • Display Your Project or Fundraiser: Advertise your club projects, grant opportunities, or fundraisers with a free Virtual Booth. If you are interested, please contact Berni Ann Lewis at
Rotary Newsletters:
Did you know that Rotary publishes electronic newsletters in over a dozen topics, including leadership, membership, youth, service, and peace? You can subscribe for free for any of the newsletters and they will be emailed you on a regular basis. They contain super relevant and interesting information. To see the list of newsletters and to subscribe, click on this link:
Rotary Zone Institute:
Each year, our Rotary Zones (Zones 26/27) convene a Rotary Institute, which is similar to a district conference but bigger and open to Rotarians throughout the two Zones. There are 30 Districts in Zones 26/27. This year, our Zone Institute will be virtual from Thursday, November 12 to Saturday, November 14, 2020 and is open to everyone! The cost is $49 per person.
Here is the link to the Institute website that includes registration and additional information, including a detailed schedule: You will see that on Thursday and Friday, there are special classes in a variety of topics that you can sign up for. 
In Memory of Staci Ingram:
Finally, let us all remember and pay tribute to Staci Ingram who died late Tuesday night September 22, 2020, from a sudden and unexpected illness. Staci was a member of the Rotary Club of Ventura and an incredibly active and valued member of her club and her community. She was a wonderful mother and spouse and an accomplished professional at Roth Staffing Companies. She was generous with her time and her talents and she supported her Rotary club and the community of Ventura in countless ways. She has left a legacy that will live on long after her passing.
Staci’s family has set up a Go Fund Me account to assist with funeral expenses. Here is the link: Please keep Staci’s family and the members of the Rotary Club of Ventura close to your hearts as they deal with this tragic loss.