A Notice from PDG Deepa Willingham & Curtis Reinhardt

Dear District 5240 Presidents and RYLA Coordinators,


I have been asked to share this information with our local clubs. It is an amazing opportunity for a local high school student to travel to India as part of a Humanitarian Student Trip Program. Should you know a candidate please share this info with them. All details are in the .pdf offered below. The timeline is very tight. Applications are expected by the end of this month. The trip is in February 2020.

Time is of the essence. So I apologize for sending to you all, but this mail list seemed the best to use to get the word out quickly. Please share with anyone in the club who may have suggestions for candidates.

CLICK HERE for the multi page .pdf with all the info I have been given.
You can share with whoever may be appropriate.

To Copy/Paste to another document use text below:

For details or even more info please do not contact me.
The contact is:
Curtis Reinhardt
Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast

Presidents and RYLA Coordinators- Notice 2019-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
The District Is Looking For A Reporter
The District 5240 Multi-year Planning Committee has planned for a Reporter to gather, post, and market our Clubs' fundraisers, events, and projects. To start, we are looking for a candidate who would like to help "pilot" a test run for reporting from a few clubs. Once we have this reporter, we will plan a meeting to exchange ideas and discuss how this information can be presented for use by the District. If successful, we plan on growing this initiative by adding more reporters and scaling it district-wide. The reporter should be able to gather information from up to three clubs maximum to start. We are open to suggestions on various reporting techniques: visiting clubs, interviews, posting stories, etc. If you would like to help the District test this initiative or if you have any suggestions, please contact Ryan Mills:
District Looking for Reporters 2019-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

The countless raffle tickets you have sold, the endless fundraisers that you have held to raise funds to eradicate a disease that is for most of us a distant memory and for protecting children whose names you will never know .

As Nelson Henderson said “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit”

Polio was the most feared disease until its 99.9% eradication from the world but to those whom it threatens the fear remains. 

Polio is vicious and devours the body leaving wasted limbs, perpetual pain, premature death.

No child deserves this fate and one infected child is one child too many.

We have to remember that none of us are safe until all of us are safe.

Rotary made a promise to the children that they will live in a polio free world where they will not be robbed of the simple gift of walking, running or playing with their friends.

The world thought we were crazy. They wanted to know how would we start to eradicate polio when  350,000 children were infected every year in over 100 countries . 

Steve Jobs said those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do. 

We are now down to less than 70 cases in 2 countries.

On Oct 24th, the World Polio Day let us renew our promise and commitment that we will not stop until we drop to zero. 

For every child who  is saved there is a brother, a sister, a father, a mother, who is saying “Thank You Rotary.”

And to you my fellow Rotarians, I thank you for your continued commitment, care and compassion for protecting all of our children in the world.


October Message from Savi Bhim 2019-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

In a recent article Click Here for Article, we saw how Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition points can be used in a 50:50 matching arrangement to inspire contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) via donations to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or an approved global grant.

This article extends this concept by tying it to an award that may be earned by Rotary (and Rotaract) clubs: the 100% PHF club.  Did you know that this TRF award is earned by a Rotary/Rotaract club just once in its existence?  Thereafter the club is considered a 100% PHF club, even if new members join the club who are not yet PHF.

As of this writing, more than half (42 of 71) of D5240’s Rotary clubs are already 100% PHF clubs.  399 Rotarians in the remaining 29 clubs have not yet received a PHF pin.  On average, each of those 399 members currently has already accumulated $117 in PHF recognition.

Therefore, D5240 could become a 100% PHF district if these 399 members jointly contributed $883 per capita ($1,000 for PHF, minus $117) to The Rotary Foundation, a total of $352,300.

Is it realistic to expect all members (often newer ones) who are not yet PHF to make $883 contributions to TRF?  Probably not; at least not immediately and unaided.  But here is where the magic of a 50:50 arrangement comes in!

D5240’s Rotary clubs collectively have accumulated 1,372,528 PHF recognition points to date, supported by their past contributions to TRF’s annual fund, to Polio Plus, or to named global grants.  This figure is dwarfed by the 3,836,228 recognition points owned individually by D5240 Rotarians.  (We have been generous in our support of TRF!)  These recognition point totals surpass by comfortable margins the amount needed to make the district 100% PHF.

So, here’s a modest proposal for the 29 Rotary clubs in D5240 that want to earn their 100% PHF club banner this year.

  • Establish a 50:50 program in your club, using either club (or member) PHF recognition points.  Challenge your non-PHF members to become PHF by pledging $s to The Rotary Foundation.  For every donated dollar, match it with a PHF recognition point from your club, or from your club’s members who volunteer to participate.  Always use signed TRF forms 102-EN to transfer recognition points.

It’s easy, and your club should do it.  Recognition points do not earn interest.  Their most important use is to provide an incentive to others to make new contributions to TRF.  Points disappear (often) when a Rotarian resigns from the club or passes away.  PHF recognition points should be used sooner, not later, as an incentive for contributions to TRF that help fund your club’s projects, for the welfare of your community and the world.

If your club isn’t 100% PHF, challenge it!  Become a 100% PHF club by June 2020.  Institute a 50:50 matching program and watch your club earn a well-deserved honor that never expires!

A list of 100% PHF clubs appears on the next page.  Questions?  Please contact the author at

Rotary Foundation / Paul Harris Fellow- Part Two 2019-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5, and is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can then attack the nervous system. Years after recovery, post-polio syndrome may occur, with a slow development of muscle weakness similar to that which the person had during the initial infection.

Polio has been on the earth for thousands of years, with depictions disease in ancient art, such as in the carvings inside an ancient Egyptian pyramid, portraying a priest with a withered leg.

In the early 20th century, polio was one of the most feared diseases in the industrialized world. It paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children every year. Effective vaccines against polio were introduced by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, in the 1950s and 60s. Polio was brought under control and practically eliminated as a public health problem in the United States and other countries. As of 1979, the United States was polio free; in 1988 the global polio eradication initiatives began. Since then more than 25 billion children have immunized, Thanks to the cooperation more than 200 countries, backed by an international investment of more than US$11 billion. The timeline of the history of polio may be found at, as well as

Today, only two countries have not stopped polio. They are Pakistan and Afghanistan. Many factors contribute to their inability to eradicate this disease. Rotary international, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been largely responsible for the success of polio eradication in all the other countries. Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

You, as Rotarians, are important to the world - Please continue to fight for the eradication of polio!  PLEASE CLICK to RED MORE for a letter you can use to send to prospective donors

James “Jim” Lewis

PP RC of Moorpark

D 5240 Polio Plus Chair


A History of Polio by Jim Lewis 2019-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

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. 

September- Rotarian of Action- Allan Jones 2019-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
International Peace Day 2019-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
On Monday, September 23rd, a few members of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset helped serve hot meals to people in need of food at the Samaritan Center in Simi Valley. This small but impactful project was organized by the club’s Community Service Director, Mike Kort. Mike contacted several restaurants to provide the meals who were more than happy to donate and coordinated the timing with The Samaritan Center. Thanks to Chick Fil-A, El Huarache de Mexico, and Smokin Steve's Pit BBQ at least 50 people in need were served.
Mike was able to pick up all the food and deliver the meals to the Samaritan Center where they were heated and prepped. Mike even prepared lemonade at his home the night before. When the doors opened at 5:30p, a long line of those in need were served, buffet style, by Rotarians who greeted them. To top off the evening, The Samaritan Center provided cake for dessert.
Simi Sunset Feeds The Needy 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Here’s a question that comes up a lot.  What are Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition points?

Other questions frequently follow.  How can these points be used?  Can we use them to help fund a grant project?

The answer to that last question is, unfortunately, no.  Let’s see why, and let’s answer the earlier questions as well.

Simply put, Paul Harris Fellow recognition points are assigned to a contributor to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for dollar gifts given to the Annual Fund, to Polio Plus, or to an authorized Global Grant.  Fresh contributions add to a donor’s recognition point total at the rate of one point per dollar given.

Can the points themselves be used to fund a new Rotary Foundation grant project?  No, they cannot, as they represent prior contributions to TRF, in some cases made many years ago. Those dollars were used to fund projects then and are not available again to fund new projects.

So how can PHF recognition points be used?  The answer lies within the name.  Such points can be used to recognize any person – including a fellow Rotarian or a member of the community – as a new (or multiple) Paul Harris Fellow.

What Are PHF Recognition Points? 2019-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Destination District Conference 2019 2019-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
Some sad news regarding one of our Past District 5240 Governors... The text below is from Rob van Nieuwburg, Past President of the Rotary Club of Ventura.
A little over three weeks ago I told you how my long-time friend Marc Vertin was fighting for his life. In the afternoon on September 12, 2019, he lost that fight. As usual, everyone will express their sorrow, offer prayers and thoughts for the ones staying behind and move on with life. That’s what we do. Sometimes events like this hit just too close for comfort. It takes more than just accept and move on. Tears won’t even do much to help with the pain and immensity of the loss. For me, this is one that is much too close.
RIP PDG Marc Vertin 2019-09-13 07:00:00Z 0


The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North

In 1989 the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North (Club 673) embarked on a local project to help and support a Santa Barbara Elementary School, part of the Santa Barbara Unified School District (a disadvantaged School in the District)

The initial project came about because one of our Rotary Members Mr. Ken Compton, then the Administrator of The Samarkand (a local well known Retirement Community) and his wife Ellie Compton a teacher at Adams Elementary School initiated a project whereby our Rotarians would Volunteer at Adams and assist in tutoring the students.  The Class ratio was one teacher to about 26 students.

30 Year Rotary Education Project 2019-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

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 August the Rotary Clubs selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Tammy Dobrotin. 

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

Tammy Dobrotin – Goleta Evening Rotary

Tammy is easily on of our most active and dedicated members and has been for several years! She can always be counted on to get involved in our numerous service projects, both in the planning and the actual work. Her level of commitment does not simply end with showing up on the day of the event but rather she typically takes on a leadership role simply because she is incredibly smart and committed to all things Rotary!

August- Rotarian of Action- Tammy Dobrotin 2019-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs of Ojai and Ojai West Raise 10,000.00 for the "End Polio Now Drive”

President Cheree of the RC of Ojai and President Steve of the RC of Ojai West combined forces and created  a spectacular evening of food, entertainment and inspiration for District Governor Savi. 

It was  held at the Boccali’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant of Rotarian Dewayne Boccali who serenaded the audience while they enjoyed the food and the ambiance.

The theme was “Spaghetti Western” and they decided to have a polio drive which they appropriately named ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ 

President Cheree said they had to count the donations several times before she made the announcement to make sure she was  accurate and not dreaming

They raised $10,000.00 in less than one hour for the ‘End Polio Now Drive’. This becomes $30,000.00 with the Bill & Melinda Gates 2 for 1 match.

The close to 100 attendees dug deep into their pockets to help Rotary keep its promise to the children of the world that they will live in a Polio Free world.

"End Polio Now Drive” 2019-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

In Rotary, we believe in the marathon and not the sprint!

(Image from International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians /

Congratulations to the following Rotary clubs that have welcomed new members as of July 31. They are now part of an organization that is founded on the principle of the equal worth of every human being and the value of Service Above Self.

  • Bakersfield Breakfast
  • Bakersfield Twilight
  • Camarillo
  • Carpinteria
  • Carpinteria Morning
  • Central Coast Passport
  • E-Club of One World
  • Fillmore
  • Los Olivos
  • Nipomo
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara North
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Maria Breakfast
  • Westlake Village
Membership Marathon! 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2019


From: actiongroups <
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 11:44 AM
To: actiongroups <>
Cc: Open World Program <>
Subject: US Rotary Clubs are needed to host Open World Delegations

Dear Action Group Officers,

I’m writing you to introduce the Open World Program (a program funded by the Congress of the United States) that offers Rotary clubs in the US a unique opportunity to enhance international understanding and peace by hosting emerging leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Open World Program 2019-08-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Recognizes Golden Valley High School Teacher Jennifer Yamauchi 

Educator Receives Highest Honor Bestowed Upon Non-Rotarians

Jennifer Yamauchi, a teacher from Golden Valley High School in Bakersfield, was recognized today with the Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity, the highest honor Rotary International bestows upon any non-Rotarian.  Fewer than 550 people around the globe each year are recognized with the award, making Yamauchi, one of a relative few world-wide that receive the highly-regarded honor.

RI Recognizes Bakersfield Interact Advisor 2019-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
By David Gore
"A Paul Harris Fellow is the recognition applied to the contribution of $1,000 or more by, or on behalf of, any person to The Rotary Foundation ("TRF")."  Many such contributions help fund projects in the donor's community, and frequently these projects are funded through District Grants.  It's part of human nature to contribute to projects done in our own backyard.  The need is easily evident to us by virtue of getting to know our neighbors and the daily struggles they face as they work to improve their situation.  Paradoxically, however, humanitarian needs are often greater in far-flung corners of our world that attract little outside attention.
The Rotary Foundation and Rotarian of Action 2019-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ventura South Serves up Support for 27th Annual Ventura County Veterans Stand Down

On a warm Saturday afternoon, July 27, a team of members and guests from the Rotary Club of Ventura South prepared and served dinner for more than 50 needy veterans at the 27th Annual Veterans Stand Down, a three-day event that provides a wide range of services to veterans from throughout the County, many of whom have found themselves without a permanent home.

Rotary Ventura South 2019-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

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 July the Rotary clubs of  Fillmore, Ojai, Ojai West, Santa Paula, Ventura, Ventura East, and Ventura South selected as their Rotarian of Action to be Kay Bliss. 

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

Kay Bliss- Rotary Club of Ojai, Member since 2001

Kay has served as Past President, Youth Services Director, International Service Director and was our 1st Peace Chair, insuring our status as a Peace Builder Club in 2018/2019, with the completion of the Matilija Peace Pavilion- a beautiful outdoor pavilion at our Middle School designed for outdoor teachings & gatherings. The pavilion includes a time capsule and bronze plaques of quotes chosen by students by leaders of Peace in the world, in addition under the coordination of Past DG Wade Nomura, a Japanese persimmon tree from Hiroshima was presented to DG Sandy and planted at the Peace Pavilion. Kay currently serves as our Global Grants Chair, a new member mentor and on our Board of Directors as Member-at-Large.


July- Rotarian of Action- Kay Bliss 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

One way to grow Rotary is to form new clubs, even in communities where Rotary is thriving. Here is the message that Rotary International President Mark Maloney has been sharing demonstrating how a single Rotary club likely does not serve all of the leaders in a community.

Here is the link to the video:

Deepening our impact by expanding membership is a top priority for us. Rotary International has put together a page with many resources – from Assessing your club, Engaging new members, Connecting with prospective members and much more. This information can be found at

The District receives many questions about flexibility options for clubs. Rotary has a page that talks about Rotary club models, guide to satellite clubs, guide to corporate membership and more. Take a look at for ideas and information.

Make sure your club has a membership committee and you are exploring all of the options available! More Rotarians means we are more impactful in our communities, around the world, and in our members’ lives!

Let’s Grow Rotary!

“Honor Your Sponsor, Be a Sponsor” 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

New Video Series Spotlights Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Members Sharing Why “BBRC is the Place to Be”!

As Rotary International works to build its brand and membership numbers around the globe, Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) is doing the same with its new series of video testimonials featuring members sharing some of their favorite Rotary experiences.

Click here to see Bree’s message:

Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Video Series 2019-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Clifton John (Jack) Tingstrom Memorial 2019-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset Provides Shoes and Back to School Clothing at their 17th Annual Shoes for Little Souls Project

Shoes for Little Souls is a community service project hosted by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset in partnership with The Samaritan Center and Kohl's Department Store in Simi Valley. The goal is to help homeless (or at risk) families get back-to-school clothing for their children. Children who will be able to feel better about themselves when they return to school next month. The community also comes together to support parents in difficult times. The 17th Annual shopping spree took place on Saturday, July 20, 2019. 

Shoes for Little Souls 2019 2019-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Arroyo Grande Rotary Club is Conducting a Charity Raffle - Win a 2019 Ford Escape SUV!
 “Keys for a Cause” Raffle Drawing on August 25, 2019 at the Grover Beach Stone Soup Music Festival
Raffle Partners include Mullahey Ford of AG and Various Regional Non-Profit Organizations

The Rotary Club of Arroyo Grande and Mullahey Ford in Arroyo Grande are partnering in a charity raffle which offers the grand prize of a 2019 Ruby Red Ford Escape SUV!  This is the second year of this partnership which was very successful in 2018.  The grand prize includes CA sales tax and vehicle registration fees.  Net proceeds will fund several local Rotary programs and scholarships as well as several local non-profit organizations.  

“Keys for a Cause” 2019-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Interested in showcasing your project at our upcoming District Conference?

We are asking any club that is interested in showcasing their international or local project at the upcoming D5240 Conference to submit their request by September 9th.

International Service NEWS! 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

Five Beautiful Homes. One Beautiful Cause.

Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Presents 19th Annual “Homes of Distinction” Tour to raise funds for Rotary Charities

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Guests will have an exclusive look into five beautiful and unique homes as the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo presents the 19th Annual “Homes of Distinction” Tour, Sunday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each home has a unique ambiance where architecture, décor and landscaping tell the stories of their lives. All proceeds fund scholarships for local students & grants to support local non-profits. 

19th Annual Homes of Distinction Tour, San Luis Obispo 2019-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Message from Savi Bhim, District Governor 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2019- Register Today! 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
As most of you know, our District had one of our biggest socials ever at Dodger Stadium recently. The feedback has been nothing but positive, which means, we should probably do this more often! David Brown from Los Olivos Rotary Club took a little extra time to thank the District and especially Mike Murphy, our District Club Service Chair for his time and planning. Dave speaks for a lot of us in his message. Thanks Dave for the message and thank you Mike for the hard work! See Dave's message below.
Thank You Message From David Brown 2019-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
The Solvang Rotary Club inducted five new members on June 18th. Rotary District 5240 Governor, Sandi Schwartz was in attendance to participate in the ceremony. Ms. Schwartz addressed the inductees, “We admit you into the Rotary Club of Solvang, our fraternity, our friendship and our family. We further admit you into the Rotary International family throughout the world. As you embark on your Rotary journey, you will surely discover the true meaning of our principal motto; Service Above Self. We ask that you abide by Rotary’s Four-Way Test. This is our ethical code of conduct that will guide you through Rotary and in your personal and professional life as well.”
Solvang Rotary Club Inducts Five New Members With Help From DG, Sandi Schwartz 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
School’s out for the summer! San Luis Obispo Rotarians presented 14 well deserving local students with scholarships to support their future academic endeavors. In total, $39,500 was awarded to local students. The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Challenge Scholarship Program provides scholarships to high-achieving students who have faced significant personal challenges during their school career. Its goal is to help scholarship recipients focus less on financial challenges and more on advancing their learning. 
Individual scholarship amounts varied from $1,000 to $20,000 (awarded in annual distributions of $5,000 over 4-years). Award recipients were graduates from San Luis Obispo High School, Pacific Beach High School & SLO County Independent Living Program.
Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Presents $39,500 in Scholarships to 14 Local Student 2019-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
This project was a joint partnership with Shafter Rotary Club, the City of Shafter and Amvets.  Shafter Rotary Club was responsible for contributing up to $15,000 to use towards installation of flagpoles, electrical, and lighting improvements plus concrete and walkway improvements.  A dedication was held on Saturday, May 18th with several local dignitaries in attendance.  The Shafter Rotary Club then hosted refreshments and food following the ceremony.
R/C of Shafter Veteran's Park Memorial Monument Project 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
The Peace Academy of the Sciences and Arts is a non-profit educational program with the goal to inspire a community of lifelong learners who become caretakers and peace leaders for our world.  Last summer, we provided an amazingly successful 4 week full-day enrichment program for over 40 children in SLO County. 
For the summer of 2019, we plan to open our doors to serve 50% more students with new and exciting curriculum. New and returning children will embark on a 4-week learning journey, together, yet each in their own unique way, to become scientists, critical thinkers, authors, cooks, performers, coders, and problem solvers while having tons of fun! 

The Peace Academy of Science and Arts 2019-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
To celebrate Past District Govenor’s support and mentorship, Cayucos Rotary instituted a new “Chungsam Doh Music Scholarship Fund” program to nurture college students wishing to major and pursue a career in music. The scholarship is being funded by the club’s annual fundraisers.
Besides music being the major, the selection criteria requires that scholarship applicants have must completed at least one year at the local community college, and perform at Cayucos Rotary’s annual masquerade event, if selected.  Priority is given to students currently engaged in music pursuits, and community involvement. Students with financial needs are also considered.

Cayucos Rotary's Helping Young Musicians 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Since 2017, Cayucos Rotary has been working to rehabilitate the pre-war cabins and facilities at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School in San Luis Obispo.  Our club’s goal is to create a state-of-the-art outdoor educational campus that focuses on environmental literacy while teaching the Rotary Four-way Test’s ethics and conflict resolution. The school serves about 10,000 youths annually from all over California.
In addition to contributing over $50,000 and labor to build three yurts, Cayucos Rotary has helped to build a new basketball court, install a new audio system, and new benches for the amphitheater re-built by the three San Luis Obispo clubs.

Cayucos Rotary's Projects at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School Goes International 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
For the past ten years, Cayucos Rotary has hosted the “Lost at Sea” memorial on Memorial Day, to remember those who served as well as civilians who had been lost at sea. The memorial is held at 1500 hours every year at the Cayucos Pier.

Each year, there are devotional and ceremonial tributes following the national anthem and welcome remarks. Military veterans come dressed in their uniforms and are honored.  Music follows the tolling of the bell, and the meaning of the “Missing Man” and the symbolism of the wreath are explained to the audience. Benediction continues and everyone marches out to the pier for blessings of the wreath. The wreath is then tossed into the ocean, and the rifle salute follows. The ceremony closes with the flyover of war planes. It’s an emotionally charged and touching event, and not to be missed.
Lost At Sea Memorial in Cayucos 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Each quarter, Rotarians, friends and Cayucos Students gather to help clean the beach by Cayucos Pier. The clean-up has extended to Front Street that borders the beach, and South Ocean Avenue. Participants include middle-school students and Interactors from Cayucos Middle School, school teachers and members of Cayucos Rotary. Debri were picked up and cleared expeditiously. Retailers, visitors and drivers either wave, said "hi" and "honked" their thanks. Sometimes, they joined in.
Cayucos Rotary &amp; Interact Picks Up 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Santa Barbara, CA – In partnership with the SBCC Foundation, Rotary Club of Montecito and its supporting foundation are pleased to announce the awarding of ten $1,250 scholarships to high-performing Santa Barbara City College vocational and career technology students. Rotary Club of Montecito 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.

Rotary Club of Montecito Gives $12,500 in Scholarships 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Recently the Rotary Club of Conejo Valley, collaborated with several organizations, including Rotary Club of Nuevo Leon, Gift For Life, Cardio Chavitos, international surgeons, and anesthesiologists to help perform life saving surgeries on approximately 31 children in Monterrey Mexico. Diego Velasquez, International Service Chair for Conejo Valley’s club, worked together with his club and the various groups to get a Rotary global grant approved to further support this incredible mission. Early November 2018, Rotarian, Diego Velasquez, along with numerous volunteers arrived in Monterrey Mexico amongst the captivating views of the mountains eager to get their project started to help these less fortunate children in dire need. They visited the world class Hospital Zambrano Hellion where surgeries took place and had a pre-surgery meeting with the local Rotary Club of Nuevo Leon, Gift for Life, Cardio Chavitos, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other volunteers. Children checked in and had an emotional, high-spirited meeting with the volunteers.  All in all surgeries went very well and these lovely children got a second chance at life thanks to Rotary and the other amazing organizations’ contributions. As Rotarians toured the city after there was a sign on the street that summed up the trip, “Vivir Es Increible”, which means that "To Live Is Incredible!"
Rotary Club of Conejo Valley and Others Help Provide Life-Saving Heart Surgeries To Numerous Children 2019-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
The Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet is the oldest community service project of the Camarillo Rotary Club. The Meet began in 1959, when a group of local Rotarians created an organized track and field competition for Camarillo boys and girls at the elementary and junior high school levels. There were only a few schools then, and not too many entrants, but over the years, the Meet has grown to keep pace with the community. The Meet was named the Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet in 1988, in honor of the late Rotarian Hap Rapp, who devoted so much of his time and talents to the event over the years.
Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet 2019-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Give this a try!  Ventura Rotary has now attended its 4th Chamber of Commerce Business Expo with a booth and has garnered several prospective new (young) members interested in networking and building professional relationships.  The Ventura Club hosts an expo booth with a large screen slide show of projects and showcasing the diverse membership as well as banners and personal invitation cards to the next lunch meeting.  The professional networking opportunity has enticed several new members and, as we all know, even though the networking is a primary reason for joining, the new members stay once they’ve established personal relationships and develop a passion for the service they are able to help accomplish.  So far, the Business Expo booth has initiated 9 new member prospects and 3 new members have officially joined.
Chamber Expo Membership Drive 2019-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ventura is very excited to announced that the Rotary Eye Clinic has re-opened in Ventura.  The new clinic opened last summer but had to close for one month to search for a new Optometrist.  The clinic serves any member of the community who cannot afford eye care.  Every week, the clinic opens its doors at the Salvation Army location in Ventura and a line of people are waiting.  The need for eye care is abundant.  Two retired optometrists who are members of Ventura Rotary donated all of the equipment to build and establish the clinic.  A local optometrist staffs the clinic on Tuesday mornings with the help of Ventura Rotary members who serve as receptionists and eye glass consultants.  We are always looking for more volunteers to serve these members of our community.  We also always need more eye frames.  Come join us!  Learn more at
Ventura Rotary Re-opens Eye Clinic 2019-05-11 07:00:00Z 0
Five local high school students earn scholarships for their artistic “Perspectives on Peace”

Ventura, CA: The Rotary Club of Ventura, which this year celebrates 100 years of service to the Ventura community, has announced the winners of a new Perspectives on Peace Scholarship program. Five high school seniors are being awarded a total of $9,000 in scholarships, based on their outstanding original art submissions around the theme of “Perspectives on Peace.” They will be honored at Ventura Rotary Club on May 15th, and their artwork will have a special exhibit at the Museum of Ventura Country from May 18th – June 2nd.

Ventura Rotary Announces Winners of $9,000 Art Scholarships 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
When they learned that the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise was organizing a Fundraiser built upon the theme of Senior Prom, the Rotaract Clubs of Cal Lutheran University and Conejo Valley sprung into action. Embracing the opportunity of selling corsages and boutonnieres to the Prom patrons to raise funds, they accepted Westlake Sunrise’s request for help.  Knowing that both Rotaract Clubs had modest funds to work with, their flower supplies were sponsored by Felix Wang of the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks and their other supplies were sponsored by Westlake Sunrise. Sunrise’s Next Gen Chair Don Martin and his wife, Susan,  were educated in Millennials musical tastes when they attended the corsage-making pizza party at Cal Lutheran, with over 10 Rotaractors from both clubs attending.  At the Prom Event the following evening, 8 members from both Rotaract Clubs sold the corsages and helped to sell raffle tickets.  By the end of the night, they were all dancing together. The 2 Rotaract clubs divided up the near $600 raised from this effort.  This project was a success on many levels, especially in the cooperation and teamwork between the clubs involved. 
Party With a Purpose 2019-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Atascadero planned an effort that has spanned 6 years! The project has galvanized the city of Atascadero like no other project. They needed to raise $1,200,000 to complete the "Parents for Joy" project. CLICK HERE for details on the project. The project is now open thanks to a huge donation of land and money by the city and over $500,000.00 in local donations. Past President, Tom Zirk (2015-16) set aside $7,000 during his term for this project. This year, current president, Don Idler was also determined to finish his year by being a major donor. Their fundraisers this year “Cork & Cap Benefit” and the "Crab Feed and Auction" garnered enough to supply the balance to their foundation to write a check for the remaining $25,000! The Rotary Club of Atascadero pulled together and worked very hard to do this as this was not their only donation to the community and support of other clubs.
R/C of Atascadero Donates $25K to finish "Parents for Joy" Project 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Like many clubs, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo has long enjoyed holding Vocational Offsite meetings at local businesses.  However, as a large club (100+ members), it was difficult finding businesses that were able to host such a large group. So, our Vocational Services team created mini-offsites in order to solve this problem.  We now hold Vocational Offsite days where members can sign-up to attend one of several smaller off-site meetings held at members’ businesses. There are usually nine or ten choices, ranging from the Botanical Garden to the local Police Station. The members gather in groups of 10 to 12 and the host business is given the opportunity to education the members about the business. This is a very popular program with our members.  
Vocational Off-Site Mini-Meetings 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
On Monday, April 29, 2019, The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, with the help of the United Way of San Luis Obispo County and Rotary Clubs throughout the area, led a project called Diversity in Action – SLO Reads to celebrate "Día", a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Día, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is a commitment to include and celebrate all cultures through literacy.  Rotarians and other volunteers went to all ten elementary schools in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District and read books of culturally diverse stories to children in kindergarten to 6th grade. The volunteers purchased and donated the books to the classroom libraries and made financial donations to purchase hundreds of additional books. The project was as rewarding to the readers as it was to the children, and the club plans to make this an annual project.
Diversity in Action - SLO Reads 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo has implemented a new Business Membership Program for 2018-19.  The program allows up to three people from the same business or organization to “share” a membership. One person is the primary member and is an official member of Rotary. They may designate two “delegates” from their organization to attend meetings and club functions in their stead. The program is designed for businesses whose CEO has the desire to be personally involved in Rotary, and involve their staff as well, but may not have the time to attend the weekly meetings.  Our first Business Member was inducted on October 22, 2019 – the very busy Superintendent of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, who is sharing the membership with his two Assistant Superintendents.  It is a win for all involved!
New Business Membership Program 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
During the summers of 2017 and 2018, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo has partnered with the Rotary Club of Compostela, Mexico and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to create and implement an English language teaching program in Compostela, Mexico for children and adults who want to improve their English language knowledge and skills. The Rotary Clubs of San Luis Obispo and Compostela have enjoyed a long-standing relationship (20+ years) and many projects have been co-sponsored in Compostela for the benefit of the community. For this project, the clubs funded a Cal Poly faculty member and several students who are in Cal Poly's teaching program to spend several weeks in Compostela teaching English through a series of volunteer classes for adults and children. The project was very successful and will continue each summer.
Compostela English Language Project 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
On April 6th, 2019, the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise got together to form a team of hardworking men and women.  Our project for 2019 was to assist The Free Clinic of Simi Valley in getting ready to open their doors for business.  The Free Clinic of Simi  Valley has provided continuous charitable service since it's establishment in 1971 as a non-profit, volunteer-based community service organization.  The mission of the Free Clinic of Simi Valley is to provide medical care, counseling, dental and legal assistance to individuals and families in need, regardless of their ability to pay.  This includes those of all ages, ethnicities, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds, who are unable to use traditional sources within the community.  Typically, the clients of the clinic are the uninsured and the underserved.
Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise Community Service Project 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
On April 26, 2019 the Rotary Club of Moorpark honored Officers of the Year -- CHP Officer Jaime Morado and Deputy Preston Furukawa.  President Scott Hess presented them with a trophy and added their names on the Officers of the Year wall plaque.  They were individually recognized for demonstrating through actions and deeds to be the most deserving of the Award.  The Rotary club shared their appreciation with CHP Officer Morado and Deputy Sheriff Furukawa for keeping them safe and for their dedication, leadership, and heroism. 
In photo:  Officers of the Year: CHP Officer Jaime Morado (4rd from left), Deputy Sheriff Preston Furukawa (3rd from left), Rotarian's Moorpark Chief of Police Victor Fazio, and Deputy Sheriff  Sargeant Darren Hendren, Deputy Sheriff Juan Ponce (former Officer of the Year), Rotary President Scott Hess, and Rotarian Dale Parvin
Honoring Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers 2019-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians have always been peacebuilders.  Every project that we do locally or around the world both improves lives and contributes to more peaceful communities.  When you assist the homeless, mentor students or support our troops, you are building peace.   When you participate in an international project or give to the The Rotary Foundation Peace Centers, you are building peace.

The District 5240 Peacebuilder Club program is a way for you to remind the Rotarians in your club and the residents of your local community that Rotarians and Rotary projects build peace. 

Becoming a Peacebuilder Club is easy.   Go to the District Website Peace Page, download the requirements, complete the report form and forward the completed form to the district.  Your club will be recognized with a banner and certificate identifying the club as Rotary Year 2018-19 peacebuilders.

Peacebuilder Reports are due no later than June 15.

For more information, please email
“Unfurling the gifts of Autism” is the theme of Hidden Wings, a ten-year old non-profit school in Solvang, that serves young adults with autism and other developmental delays. The Rotary Club of Solvang is adapting its “job shadowing” model to assist Hidden Wings toward achieving its vocational program goals for its students.

Under the model format, Solvang Rotarians will seek to identify and “recruit” business and other community leaders to serve as “Hosts” to students who will visit, work, and learn to focus, “…on their gifts, not their deficits, which empower them to lead full and productive lives in society”.  (Hidden Wings pamphlet)

The goal is for students to learn, not only job-specific skills, but also social skills.  Successfully serving these special-needs students requires consideration of both activity-appropriate Hosts, as well as desirable vocational pursuits.
Rotary Club of Solvang Initiates “Job Shadowing” for Hidden Wings 2019-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Camarillo Grove Park is getting some help from the Camarillo Rotary Club following the devastation caused by last year’s Hill Fire.

A Rotary Grove is being dedicated as a perpetual activity where the club will plant trees, allowing donors to honor and remember loved ones while helping with fire recovery.

Club members got the idea for a Rotary Grove when volunteers were called into action sandbagging trails and sites threatened by flooding after the fire. “Everyone tries to figure out what they can do to make a sustainable difference after a disaster. While sandbagging was important as an effort to save those trails, a Rotary Grove of trees will be a more long lasting benefit that we can enjoy and feel good about,” says Jay Berger, this year’s Rotary membership chair.
Rotary Club Replaces Trees Burned in Hill Fire 2019-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Tepehua is a Barrio in the Guadalajara-Lake Chapala area. The resident’s access to water is a sand pipe where the well is contaminated with arsenic and lead. This leads to renal failure in children and young mothers.

They drink soda because it is cheaper than buying bottled water. Drinking soda in large quantities causes health problems including diabetes. Residents can’t afford medical either. It is a sad cycle for the residents.

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak created a project that provides funds where residents can buy 5 gallon bottles ( Garrafons ) of water at cost for 13 pesos versus 30 -- pesos the full retail cost.  They also purchased the Garrafons and racks for storage. The water is purchased from a legitimate purification vendor. There are many “pirate” vendors who sell for less but water quality is questionable.
Tepehua Community Center Water Project, Mexico 2019-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
All five Rotary Clubs and two Rotaract Clubs in District 5240's Group 4 participated in a Community Service Work Day.  They worked with Conejo Recreation and park District to clear and cut in a two mile hiking trail in a canyon above Westlake Village Community Park.  This area was completely wiped out by the recent Woolsey Fire.  The entire canyon didn't even have a blade of grass left after the fires came through.  It is now loaded with wild flowers.
They cut in a three foot wide hiking trail up the steep hillsides of the canyon for residents to enjoy this beautiful area.  Thousands of Conejo Valley residents will wind up using this trail. 
It took them several hours but they did it!!
Group 4 Community Service Work Day 2019-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2019
Written By Ing. Barbara van Goethem March, Governor 2018-2019 District 1580 (Amsterdam)
Dear colleagues,
Plastic waste in our environment is a major global problem.
Plastic, once warmly welcomed as a magnificent and extremely useful product, is becoming a threat for our planet: plastic waste ends up in our oceans, rivers, waters, beaches, forests, landfills and in our city parks and streets. Plastic does not disappear but just gets smaller and causes serious problems for living beings. And so it starts entering our food chain and our bodies.
End Plastic Soup 2019-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Operation Footprint, provides training, medical equipment, and supplies needed to enable doctors in Honduras to diagnose and treat children who have deformities due to untreated clubfoot that prevent them from participating in educational, family and normal childhood activities. Each year in January, surgeons from the United States who are members of our cooperating organization Operation Footprint Baja Project travel to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to perform surgical procedures that will correct or mitigate the impact of clubfoot on the lives of children in Honduras. The local public Hospital San Felipe supports the project with staff, equipment and four operating suites.
Operation Footprint 2019-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
On February 18th the Assistant Governors for Groups 10,11 & 12 hosted an opportunity for Club Presidents, PE’s and Club Service Chairs to hear directly from 2 District speakers.  This effort was enthusiastically received with 30 local Club Officers and District Representatives in attendance.  The response from those attending was very positive and opened many eyes to the deep District resources available to local Clubs.  The most valuable take-away referenced by those in attendance were the hand-out materials and the opportunity to ask questions directly of District Area of Service, and Special Program Chairs.  Others mentioned the great value in networking with District leaders as a resource for future projects.  Finally, the opportunity for a frank exchange of ideas and the ability to share both successes and disappointments that Clubs experience in implementing service projects and job shadowing programs was appreciated.  The event was so successful that our second Group 10, 11 & 12 Joint meeting with District speakers will occur on April 8th.
Groups 10, 11, &amp; 12 Hold A Joint Meeting 2019-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Bakersfield North put on a couple Community Service Projects...
The Wine Mafia is held each year as a fund raiser to augment the income from Dinner at the Derby.  Dinner at the Derby nets about $120,000 each year and Wine Mafia $20,000 to $25,000.  At the Dinner at the Derby, Youth Connection get the first $20,000 and then we split the rest. That makes their income around $75,000.  30% goes into their savings account (investments) and 70% is spent on charity and scholarships.  The foundation has organizations that depend on their contributions; therefore, they need two fundraisers.

Their second, Trunk or Treat, is put out by the Sherriff's Department in Bakersfield for the neighborhood in Oildale, CA. It benefits Standard Middle School - the underprivileged kids there go to there local Kohl's Department Store and the club takes them on a shopping spree to get them some school supplies and clothes. 
Rotary Club of Bakersfield North Projects 2019-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Hosted by Rotary Club of Pismo Beach/Five Cities in collaboration with Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Eco Clubs!
This much-anticipated event is a joint evening social the week the District Governor visits their Clubs. They have been doing to this since they chartered the Grover Beach Club -- over 15 years ago. It is hosted by their Charter Member Steve Curry – providing the BBQ and venue. Members bring the potluck side dishes and beverages and as you can see it is a Family event with their future Rotarians (their kids) and spouses alike. They hope that this is sort of a “thank you” for all that the District Governor sacrifices during their years of service and also provides them a warm welcome – and with four clubs participating it is definitely all about the Fellowship.
District Governor BBQ 2019-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks is trying to raise $100,000 as part of a massive campaign to purchase a new building for Manna. Manna is a Conejo Valley food bank that has been providing food assistance to friends and neighbors in need since 1971. The Rotary Club is hoping to inspire Rotarians throughout the district to contribute by making a tax-deductible contribution through the Thousand Oaks club’s foundation. 
Info about the current home:
• Currently serving about 1,000 people a month in a pantry the size of a single-car garage.
• Our facility has difficulty managing the more than 1,900 annual food drives.
• We now rent warehouse space to hold much of our non-perishable food donations.
• We have limited parking for clients, donors, volunteers and staff.
• EVERYTHING happens at the front door!
• Limited volunteer opportunities due to inadequate outdoor lighting.
Hunger to Hope -- A New Home for Manna 2019-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset recently did their annual Reading By Nine community project.
The event took place on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Arroyo Vista and Knolls Elementary Schools in Simi Valley.
This long time community project started with the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset getting a Rotary grant to help fund the purchase of hundreds of books for an elementary school. This year's club Community Service Chair, Stephanie Sieminski and club Secretary, Amanda Wilson, then coordinated with Simi's School District to find out which elementary school had the most need for new books. This year, the combined donations from the Simi Sunset Club and Rotary Grants helped provide enough books for TWO schools -- Arroyo  Vista Elementary and Knolls Elementary. Stephanie then coordinated with the schools to plan a day where Rotarians can deliver the books to several classrooms, possibly read a story or two, and get the children excited about reading. One of Rotary's key causes is to support basic education and literacy.
Simi Sunset's Reading By Nine Project 2019-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Pismo Beach Five Cities is inviting all Rotary Clubs in District 5240 to come together for a Joint Club Fellowship and a hot diggity dog dinner.
Place:  St. Barnabas Episcopal Church - 301 Trinity, Arroyo Grande
Time:  6:00 PM
Speaker:  Wade Nomura (Past District Governor - 2011-2012)
Made the way you like it from their Rotary Service Bar. They'll provide the gourmet hot dogs, buns, chips, and all the toppings:
Short Leash Hot Dog Social 2019-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Oxnard continues to recognize outstanding teachers in the Oxnard School District, the Oxnard Union High School District, and the Rio School District.  For the ninth year, the Rotary Club provides a gift basket and marble “apple for the teacher” in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding teaching and service to students, parents, and school.  In partnership with the County Schools Federal Credit Union, the recognition also includes a monetary award for the teacher to help cover the many out-of-pocket expenses teachers incur.  An additional corporate partner, the Courtyard by Marriott-Oxnard, provides this special teacher a gift certificate for a one-night stay for two. The Teacher Recognition Program continues the efforts of the Rotary Club of Oxnard to thank those special teachers in our community who demonstrate outstanding Service Above Self, the motto of Rotary International.
Rotary Club of Oxnard Honors Special Teachers 2019-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
During the tragic events of November 2018, Moorpark lost a hero in resident and Ventura County Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant Ron Helus.
In honor and remembrance of Sergeant Helus, The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning with the support of the Helus Family is establishing a scholarship in his name. The Ron Helus Scholarship of Valor.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Moorpark student interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
We are asking our fellow community members to help launch this endeavor with a donation as it is our hope to award the inaugural Ron Helus Scholarship of Valor this June, 2019. 
With monies raised, the Rotary Club plans to setup an endowment allowing this scholar to continue annually fully funded.
If you are interested in donating to the Ron Helus Scholarship of Valor, you may make your Tax Deductible donation to the Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning HERE, or you may mail it to the address below:
The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning Foundation
207 Los Angeles Ave. #212
Moorpark, CA 93021
Best Regards,
The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning
Ron Helus Scholarship of Valor 2019-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
President Jeff Hata presented Amy Bailey, Executive Director of the Ventura Family YMCA with a $6,000 donation to continue support of Operation Ventura. Operation Ventura started 10 years ago as a learn to swim program for homeless and financially disadvantaged youth. Over the years our partnership has continued and with this donation the Rotary Club of Ventura-East has donated $51,000 and will have touched over 2,200 children in our community. For the second year Ventura-East member Laura Shannon is contributing another $1,000 to the program!
Rotary Club of Ventura-East supports the Ventura Family YMCA Operation Ventura 2019-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Camarillo hosted its annual Viva la Comida Dinner and Fiesta fundraiser Monday at the Camarillo Community Center. Guests were treated to a dinner of enchiladas that included rice, beans and salad, plus a salsa bar. There were 875 tickets bought in advance and more people purchased tickets at the door. All of the money raised goes toward scholarships and local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club.
Check out the article in the Ventura County Star.
Viva La Comida Dinner 2019-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Club Service Chair, Mike Murphy
On June 20, 2019, at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium, Rotary District 5240 will be holding its very first district-wide social event and fund raiser. On that date the Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing the San Francisco Giants. The Los Angeles Dodgers have offered us the opportunity to have our district social event at Dodger Stadium as follows:
  1. We will be assigned 100 to 200 seats for the baseball game.
  2. The event ticket prices are $75.00 per person. This discounted ticket price includes the following:
    • A game seat for each attendee at the loge dugout level in the stadium.
    • Access to a hospitality area assigned to just our attendees and guests where we can all meet and socialize before the game.
    • Each attendee will receive with the ticket price a dodger dog, soda, bag of chips and salad. The food will be served in the hospitality area.
If we end up having close to 200 attendees, the Dodgers will make available to us a special Fan Experience where we all may be invited to go onto the field for a special event created just for us. During the game, Rotary District 5240 will receive a special game board recognition no matter how many of us attend the event. Depending upon how many attend the baseball game, we may also be able to arrange to have buses take our club members to the game from a selected location.  
In order to secure the date of June 20, 2019 for the game and the number of seats we will require to hold this event, the District must pay a 20% advance deposit to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the number of seats to be purchased for this event. Therefore, we need the club presidents’ assistance in promptly answering and sending to me a survey that was recently provided to them by their Assistant Governors so that we can proceed with the planning for this event.
Rotary District 5240  will also be holding concurrently a district wide charity fund raiser. We would like to request that each club in the district donate funds to help the victims of the Borderline shooting. The money collected from the clubs for this fund raiser will be deposited into the District 5240 Rotary Foundation. A check from the proceeds collected from the clubs will be issued to the charitable cause during District Governor Sandi’s step down lunch.
We look forward to having a wonderful district baseball game event. It is also awesome that our clubs can work together to raise funds and have a major positive impact on the lives of the victims and families of the Borderline shooting.
With best regards,
Mike Murphy
District 5240 Club Service Chair
District 5240 Dodger Game Social Event &amp; Fundraiser 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
By:  Jim Hoover, Rotary Club of China Lake
You don’t inspire future Rotarians by telling them about Rotary as much as you do by giving them a Rotary experience – even if it’s gluing split peas on a sign, one seed at a time.

Decorating a Rose Parade float as a volunteer is no small act of service, and the experience for Interactors and Rotarian chaperones too ☺ can be inspiring in many ways. Opportunities abound to meet and work with other Rotarians and Interactors and even meet master float builders like the specialists who work for Disney.  A satisfying sense of accomplishment is felt, partly by seeing a huge work of art take on color and texture before your eyes, with your own hands; and partly through the teamwork spirit of eager, smiling volunteers.  Being the inspiration isn’t necessarily easy work, but it can result in being inspired too… a wonderfully positive, reinforcing cycle.
Our group of 10 volunteer decorators in the Interact Club of Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, CA journeyed to Irwindale, CA – the site where Phoenix Decorating Company is building the Rotary Rose Parade Float, a Princesses’ Trophy-winner in the 2017 and 2018 Rose Parades.  The group’s 1 December, all-day, hands-on lesson was how to decorate a Rose Parade float.  Chaperoned by their Math teacher, an Honorary Rotarian and the local, Rotary Club of China Lake president, the students prepared and applied dried flowers and seeds that make-up the natural, colorful, textured background for the fresh flowers that go on in the final hours.

So, when a giant, “duded-up” crocodile rolls-out and rocks-out on parade day, at least 10 Rotary inspirations from Burroughs High School will be able to watch with a very personal satisfaction knowing they had a part to play in that – and be inspired that much more. 

Please find more information about the Rotary Rose Parade Float at and enjoy seeing seeds of “service above self” being planted during the Rose Parade.
Rose Parade Float Decorating Story 2018-12-04 08:00:00Z 0
Paso Robles Sunrise Rotary is a dynamic group of early risers. Our participation in community projects and fundraisers is productive and diverse. We recently facilitated our “Peace is Possible” seminar, which was a resounding success. We’ve also welcomed several new members who have already demonstrated their commitment to our “service above self” mission. We’re thrilled they chose to become a part of our Rotary family.

Amy Edney is originally from New York and has lived in California five years. She worked in financial services for many years, and is now employed in recruiting. She joined Rotary to serve her community.

Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise Welcomes 5 New Members 2018-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
At its 30th annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser on November 7, 2018, the Rotary Club of Ventura South raised approximately $5,000 for the Ventura County Library’s Adult Literacy Program. Twenty-four three-person teams competed in the Jeopardy-like event, answering trivia questions ranging from science to popular culture to sports to history. Entry/sponsorship fees were $300 per team.

Teams were divided into divisions, and the trophy winners included Channel Islands High School Seniors (Youth Division), Rotary Club of Camarillo (Service Club Division), MJP Computers (Business division), Beat the Library/Court of Appeals (Community Division), and David Corona (Spectator Division).

Rotary Club of Ventura South "Trivia Challenge" Fundraiser 2018-11-29 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
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
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!
New Members for Paso Robles 2018-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
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.

Thomas Fire Relief 2018-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
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: or Mary Paseda  e-mail: 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:

    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 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, or visit online at
    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 ( 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:

    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:

    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  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:
    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 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 ( 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 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:
    Register for the Schmooze Cruise:
    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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    Foundation Fiesta on May 4th, 2018 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
    Ventura Rotaract's International Project: Mexico Build 2018-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
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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: 


    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:
    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, 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
    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:

    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
    Contact Claudine Schooley for more info.
    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 (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:
    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:  

    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

    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!

    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:

    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 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 .  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
    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, 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 for assistance.
    Questions about the website? Please email 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 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


    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
    Find hotels at
    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: 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. 

    PACE 2017-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
    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, 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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