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May 2018
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
Club Service
International Service
Community Service
Scholarship Auction and Dinner
Interact Chair
RYLA Coordinator
China Lake Charitable Foundation Treasurer
China Lake Charitable Foundation Chair
President's Advisor
Rotary Foundation Chair
Executive Secretary
President Elect Nominee
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How can I find out what is going on in the club.  Where is information on the social events and club fundraisers?

We enter information for our events on the club calendar.  The current month's calendar is on the top left of the Home Page.  Just click on the date you are interested in and if there is an event, it will open to that page. 

You can also use the menu bar at the top of the website.  Put the mouse over the item Calendar and you will get a pull down menu for Club Events, District Events, and RI Events.  Just click on the you want and it will open the full calendar.

If you see words highlighted in light blue, usually that means there is a link to a new page.  Just click on the blue words and you will go to a new page or a new website.

Want or need to become a Master PRLS graduate?  Does your club require President-Elect candidates to be a MPRLS graduate?  Want to take the classes but not use up 5 of your valuable weekends.  Well, we have a deal for you!   Imagine going to a single weekend program and becoming a graduate of Master PRLS!

This is a limited time offer.  So mark your calendar and register today for the Master PRLS Weekend in Bakersfield!   Yes, Bakersfield!  You do not have to drive 4 hours to Santa Maria to become a Master PRLS graduate.  The price for all five MPRLS classes at the MPRLS Weekend is $250.

You can register via the website (preferred) or you can contact Tony Huff to register for this event at

April 20-22, 2018
Four Points Sheraton
5101 California Street
Bakersfield, CA
MPRLS Weekend Schedule


3pm-7pm - Leadership


7:30am - Registration/Breakfast

8am-Noon - Facilitation Skills

1pm-5pm - Projects and Grants


8am-1pm - Communications

Registration is now open for the 2018 District Training Assemblies.

Register for either session, March 10 (in Oxnard) and March 24 (in Bakersfield)!  There is no registration fee for the District Training Assemblies. This training is specifically for incoming (2018-19) Club Officers and Board Members, including PEs, PENs, secretaries, treasurers, avenue-of-service chairs, foundation chairs, and other interested club leaders or board members.  You need to attend only one of the assemblies (they are duplicate) and members from the same club can attend either one (you do not need to attend as a team).  Continental breakfast and check-in starts at 8:30 am and the training runs from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.
The 2018 District Training Assembly Flyer contains links to register for the assemblies and links to the agendas for each. We do need you to register in advance for the assembly if you wish to attend so we can get an accurate count for breakfast and for the breakout classes.  Please review the agenda prior to registering in order to select the classes you wish to attend (you will be asked during the registration to select your classes). 
At each event, a session of basic PRLS (Pertinent Relevant Leadership Skills) will be presented.  This course is designed for new members to attend to learn more about Rotary.  Attendance is well worth everyone's time.

Questions?  Please contact Deborah Linden at
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Rotary District 5240 Foundation Fiesta!
Celebrating The Rotary Foundation 

The annual dinner celebrates The Rotary Foundation and recognizes Rotarians in the District who have contributed to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  This year’s dinner will feature a casual Fiesta theme to coincide with the Cinco de Mayo weekend, including a Mexican dinner buffet and entertainment.  And we’re thrilled to welcome as our keynote speaker Craig Needham, whose presentation “Looking Up: Being Raised by a Mom in an Iron Lung” will be an inspiration to us all as we support TRF in the final push to eradicate Polio worldwide. 

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:00 pm ​
Santa Maria Radission 3
455 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA
  • Mexican Buffet
  • No-host Bar
  • Entertainment
  • $50 per person
Register on-line today.  The last day to register is April 29.  
Click here for more information.

The Rotary Club of China Lake's First Club President
L.J. "Captain Jack" Goddard
Club President 1951 to 1952

May 10, 1918 to April 26, 2012

Jack was born May 10, 1918 in Marion, Illinois. His mother was Sara Jo Alsbrook, and his father was Jack Hobson Goddard. Jack went to 19 different schools, growing up in Mississippi, Texas, Panama, Philippines, and even China.

Jack graduated as a Navy Ensign from a three month program at Northwestern in Chicago dubbed "90 day wonders" in 1941. He was on the Battleship USS Maryland at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and was in charge of one of the first gun crews to return fire.  The USS Maryland was parked off Ford Island, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Goddard was bossing an anti-aircraft battery of four 1.1-inch guns five decks above the main deck.  Goddard was joined by two cooks, a postal clerk, and a laundryman whom he trained to operate the weapons while his own gun crewmen secured ammunition from a locked armory below deck.

Goddard then commanded a convoy of 11 ships from Pearl Harbor to Majuro, in the Marshall Islands. He captained his own vessel in the Pacific, the USS LST (Landing Ship Tank) 225, the flagship of Group 38, during the invasions of Saipan and Tinian. The ship delivered 500 marines and 18 tanks to island beachheads during the Battle of Saipan, and continued to maneuver and receive the wounded for five consecutive days and nights while under fire.  As executive officer of the USS Mercury, a cargo ship commissioned by the Navy for service delivering goods and equipment to ships and stations in the war zone, Goddard was responsible for the successful organization and administration of the first transferring of complete supplies to Task Force 58, the main striking force in the Pacific theatre.

After World War II ended, Jack finished college at Claremont Men's College, now called Claremont McKenna College. He was in the original group of graduating classes there, called the "Pacesetters".  Jack later served as aide to the Commanding Officer at the China Lake Naval Weapons Station, as well as Port Director in Naples, Italy.

After he left the military, he became a businessman, selling life insurance and then starting what he called "PFN" - Personal Financial Navigation". Jack continued his strong ties to CMC, establishing a CMC "4th Friday" for alumni, friends and anyone else who needed help with finding what they wanted to do for a living. Jack had a lifelong love for dogs, and rescued many dogs during his life.  Prior to his death, Jack was married to Millie for 63 years.  They were blessed with five sons, Larry, John, Bill, Dan and Tom, and their families as well as six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 
Community Project for 2017-18
The First Wednesday of each month members will be asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food to the lunch meeting for the Saint Michael's Food Pantry.  A lot or a little, many cans or just a few......everything will help feed the hungry in our community.
First Meeting food drive suggestions include.... canned spaghetti, baked beans, fruits, vegetables, boxed macaroni & cheese, cold cereal, instant oatmeal, boxed pasta, ramen noodles, granola bars, peanut butter, jelly, toilet paper, toiletries, canned ravioli, beef stew, chili, spaghetti sauce and tuna fish.
Please keep these items in mind during your next visit to the grocery store or Walmart.  Everything can help.  
This project will continue through out the Rotary year.  Thank you in advance.

Red Badge Club
The Rotary Club of China Lake has a new member program that we call the Red Badge Club.
Membership Director Dan Kus assigns each new member a mentor.  
Past President Ed Jayne helps track the progress of each new member in completing the Red Badge Tasks. 
Annette Hodges - Mentor Bob Gould
Cheryl Saint-Amand - Mentor Mary Lundstrom
Teresa Webber - Mentor David Mechtenberg
Derrick Haynes - Mentor Peter Brown 
Steve Martinez - Mentor Bob Gould
Turnie Wright - Mentor David Saint Amand
New members are assigned a mentor and given a list of tasks to complete to earn their blue club badge.
1.  Attend a Board Meeting
2.  Makeup at a Different Club
3.  Volunteer for a Club Project
4.  Attend a Club Social Event
5.  Help the Sergeant at Arms
6.  Be a Greeter
7.  Bring a Potential Rotarian to Lunch
8.  Give a Classification Talk
Red Badgers and their mentors are able to log-in and enter the date each task is completed.
Club Information

Welcome to the hottest Club in District 5240!

China Lake

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Clarion Inn
901 N. China Lake Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA  93555
United States

(760) 446-8677
(760) 446-4707
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