District Newsletter
October 1, 2020

Economic and Community Development Month
Welcome to Rotary District 5240
Rotary District 5240 consists of over 3000 members in 71 Rotary Clubs, nine Rotaract (young professional) Clubs, and 58 Interact (high school) clubs. The District spans four counties in Central California: San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, and Kern County. Our clubs are active in all aspects of Rotary,  including community and international service, youth programs, and fellowship activities.


October Message from DG Deb Linden
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: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcocOmrpjIsGtecQY1o1iqPcOQiHbGA_5hH
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 www.rotary5240dc.com.
Here is your Call to Action for the conference:
  • Register: Registration and info are now available at www.rotary5240dc.com. 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 rsregier@gmail.com. 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 bernilewis1@gmail.com.
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: https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/newsletters
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: https://zone2627.org/2020-rotary-institute. 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: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-honor-of-staci-ingram. 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.
Deb Linden
District Governor 2020-21



District Rotary Foundation Message
Our District Rotary Foundation Chair is PDG Frank Ortiz. Every month he will have a message regarding current foundation news and summarize foundation contributions. It's a great way to get updated on TRF.
View the current message by clicking the button below!
2020 PE Retreat - Hybrid, Saturday, October 17th 9:30 - 2:30
Oct 17, 2020
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
2020 Virtual District 5240 Conference
Nov 06, 2020 – Nov 08, 2020 3:00 PM
KernYES! Youth Empowerment Summit
Feb 27, 2021
View entire list


Drive-In Movie Night
Simi Sunrise Rotary Club Presents
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Drive-In Movie Night
Saturday, October 24th
Gates Open at 5:00p
Rancho Santa Susana Park
5005 E. Los Angeles Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93063
Taste of Ojai
The 2020 Online Culinary Event of the Year
5:00PM • Sunday, October 25
his fundraiser will support the Rotary Club of Ojai’s Educational Foundation’s Community Grants and Scholarship Programs. It will also be a fundraiser for our Local Restaurants that have supported this fundraiser for 20 years! 
Visit the website: tasteofojai.org
Add Your Events to the Newsletter!
This year, we will incorporate your club events and projects into the newsletter! We send the newsletter at the beginning of each month and will include events for that month.
Click the button below to send us your flyer, brief discription, and best link for the event.
Camarillo Rotary Helps FoodShare
The Rotary Club of Camarillo recently donated $7,000 to FoodShare of Ventura County to help feed people in need during the Covid19 pandemic.

The funds are being used to purchase thousands of cardboard boxes for food items being distributed at community pop-ups. This is the largest grant that Camarillo Rotary has given FoodShare.

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