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

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

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

For the month of  September the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Allan Jones. 

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

Allan Jones- Rotary Club of Solvang


Allan Jones of the Rotary Club of Solvang has a passion for bringing his Club into the future. As a Rotarian since 1995, he has offered leadership and inspiration through his Presidency in 2000-2001, his commitment through leading in Avenues of Service through his 24-year history and most recently, as Membership Chair since 2017.  

Allan has fully embraced the importance of membership, not just as a number’s game, yet as a vital part of keeping his club alive, fresh and growing.  He has brought energy to his position, inviting potential new members to club meetings and community events. With a sincere smile, a firm handshake and spot on his busy calendar if they’d like to “talk it over”, he truly engages them with a spirit of friendship. He takes his role a step further, directing newcomers to important resources and shepherding them through the process of becoming comfortable and engaged as Rotarians. In action, he is driven to maximize the potential of his club’s future and simply cannot recall exactly how many people he has sponsored into the club over the years. 

During his club’s yearly events, Allan can be seen taking the helm again and again.  He is the Master of Ceremonies for his club’s 4th of July Parade Festivities, as he has historical knowledge of the Santa Ynez Valley, its generational citizenry and the myriad of organizations represented in every parade.  He is the quintessential leader, assisting with live auctions and community events, especially at his club’s annual fundraiser, “Solvang Rotary Presents.”  As community leader, he has served as a goat project leader with Lucky Clover 4-H Club, past president and longtime member of both the Solvang Theaterfest and Elverhøj Museum boards, and director at Rancho Marcelino Water and Service Company.  He offers his time, his service and his can-do personality to people he meets as he moves through these commitments, all while inviting others to become part of Rotary.

Yet, Allan says that the foundation of his public and personal life is to live by the tenets of the “The 4-Way Test” and the motto penned by Arthur Sheldon;  “They profit most who serve best”.  Within and well beyond the context of his club and Rotary International, these are powerful and timeless principles by which he lives.  Principles become action and a positive influence in his community and that of the world.