District 5240 July 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the 110th year of Rotary! There's great comfort in knowing that Paul Harris established a wonderful service-directed organization that continues to flourish around the world today because of your hard work and dedication.
I'm pleased to join our now 74 Club President-Elects in District 5240 who now become the new leaders of their clubs. As is the tradition in Rotary, we change "management" on July 1st every year from the top down throughout the entire Rotary organization world-wide. Although some may think this to be a cause of concern, it really allows for creativity, fresh ideas and the focus in each club to flourish under the guidance of a new club President and Board of Directors. Indeed, it is truly unique and a source of our strength.
Donna and I look forward to meeting each of you when we visit your club in the upcoming months. We have been very active in our visitations during the past year and welcome the opportunity to continue doing so. There is nothing that compares to visiting Rotarians in their club and hearing the stories, the projects, the pride of ownership of their club while there.
The District Staff has a simple goal for 2015-2016 – to help our clubs become "Bigger, Better, and Bolder" in the next year. If we succeed then it will be very clear that the best days of Rotary are still ahead.
Remember to keep submitting stories and photos of your club projects and fundraising events for the District website (see the How To here), engage in the District Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/76317187164/, and be sure to let our District Newsletter Editor Neil Walker know of your upcoming club fundraisers and events by submitting them to nwalker1@bak.rr.com by the 25th of the month prior to the intended month of publication.
Finally, let me thank each of you now for your service to your club and your district as we begin this year together. We are very fortunate to be Rotarians! Together, we can make the world a better place!
Jim Bell
Rotary International District 5240
P.S. – Don't forget to mark your calendars for the District Conference in Bakersfield - October 2-4, 2015.