October is Economic and Community Development Month.

Did you know that approximately 700 million people live on less than $1.90 a day?
One out of nine people in the world do not have enough to eat!  Sixty percent of those who go hungry are women and young girls.  And seventy percent of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.
Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty by providing vocational training and access to financial resources.
World Polio Day
Our title of the World Polio Day project, which will be on the October 24th and run through November 24th will be the "Let's End Polio Forever Challenge".  Our Rotarians, friends, and families can Walk, Run, Jog, Swim, Dance, Surf, or Ride Bikes. And this challenge will be presented to all clubs in District 5240. The participants can fundraise by contributing, for example, two cents per step (walking, running, jogging), swimming strokes, dance minutes, number of successful surf rides and/or miles of bike rides for the month.
Membership Growth
We started the year with 2,800 members and as of the end of September we have 2,836 members!!!  We have a net growth of 36 for the year.
Be sure to connect with Public Image Chair Randy Strong to launch an awareness campaign for your area.  It really helps to boost membership.  The campaign for the 20 clubs in Ventura County was recently launched and helps get the word out about the projects each club is doing.  It includes a high quality magazine, TV commercials, video productions for social media and a landing page on the district website.  For more information email Randy at RotaryStrong4@gmail.com.
The first quarter of the Rotary year is done.  Please remember to check your Club goals.  I have visited 25 Clubs out of 70 so far and I am so impressed with how our Rotarians are working hard on projects and fundraising events, as well as inducting new members.