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January 2018
Weekly Meeting Speakers
Bernadette Johnson
Jan 24, 2018 11:59 AM
Superintendent of the National Park Service at Manzanar
Fireside Chat - Lunch Meeting Dark
Jan 31, 2018
Annual Evening Meeting - Lunch is dark
Bill Ireland
Feb 07, 2018 11:59 AM
Josh Mann, Manager Public Sector Solutions
Feb 14, 2018 11:59 AM
Waste Management - Recycling
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
Club Service
International Service
Community Service
Scholarship Auction and Dinner
Interact Chair
RYLA Coordinator
President's Advisor
Rotary Foundation Chair
Executive Secretary
President Elect Nominee
Home Page News

Our friends in the Rotary Club of Ventura have started a fundraiser to help those impacted by the Thomas Fire. We have many Rotarians and friends that have been affected and some still in harms way.

Dear Rotarians,
This is Ellyn Dembowski, president of the Rotary Club of Ventura. Many of our fellow Rotarians from throughout Southern California (and from throughout the nation) have reached out to ask how they can support our efforts as we respond to the devastating fire that impacted our community. I am so proud of the group of Rotarians in our Ventura Club who have their finger on the pulse of this situation. We are raising funds to help support the local agencies that will be helping families and individuals rebuild from nothing. We will also use the funds to address specific, immediate needs… needs that fall through the cracks and are not necessarily addressed by insurance claims or other relief efforts. We urge you to support our Thomas Fire Fund and help us put service above self in Ventura County.

Please share the link to our Go Fund Me page with your club members and community network. Help us as we respond with care and compassion to this horrible event.


Ellyn Dembowski
President, Ventura Rotary Club

Rotary Club of China Lake is sponsoring a coat drive now through January 2018.
We will be collecting new and gently used coats of all sizes, including children and adult sizes. Please drop off any donations to Mary Lundstrom at Coldwell Banker, 710 North China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest CA.   Help us make the cold winter months just a little warmer for needy members of our community.
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Autumn Social at the Metcalf Pumpkin Patch!

Bring a pumpkin dish - appetizer, dessert, side dish to share - your choice, just has to have some pumpkin in the dish.

Please RSVP so we can have enough refreshments.

Join the Rotary Club of China Lake and event sponsor, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, on November 15th, for an educational and informative presentation on human trafficking in the United States, the challenges for vulnerable and diverse populations, and how communities can become true allies to protect and empower the victims.

Dawn was fifteen years old in 1976 when her family moved into an apartment complex managed by 32-year-old porn star John Holmes. After grooming Dawn, Holmes began a sexual relationship with her, manipulating her with drugs and alcohol, abusing her physically and emotionally, and prostituting her on the streets of Hollywood, to brothels and drug dealers. After the famed Wonderland murders in 1981, they fled to Florida, where she ultimately broke free and turned him over to the police."

One might think this sounds like the synopsis for a Hollywood movie, but it was the reality for our speaker, Dawn Schiller. 

Kern County and our valley are being used as corridors for transporting victims of human trafficking.  Ignorance of the human trafficking issue coupled with the growth of the internet has allowed it to flourish. Many do know how to spot nor know how to help victims of human trafficking.  The issue is so urgent that Ridgecrest is one of three communities that have formed human trafficking community response teams; Frazier Park and Bakersfield are the other two communities.

Mark your calendars, for educational and informative evening. Dawn Schiller is a survivor and an amazing woman with an incredible story to share.  She is an author, educator and advocate for victims of sexual and mental abuse.  As a speaker, trainer and author, she combines her personal experiences and academic studies to raise awareness about sex trafficking, domestic violence and teen victimization.  After the lecture she will be available for a meet and greet and she will have her book available as well. Seating will be limited. The evening is brought to you by Rotary Club of China Lake and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital as a community service project.
 Arch Klumph presented his idea for an endowment fund in 1917.  One Hundred years later in Atlanta, Rotarians are celebrating the gift he gave to Rotary and the world.

Join the celebration of 100 years of The Rotary Foundation.  You can help raise money for The Rotary Foundation and the 2017 convention. Contribute $100 towards sponsoring this one-of-a-kind portrait from one of the art world’s masters - Rossin.

Reserve your place in Rotary history and receive a commemorative 5 x 7 print personally signed by the artist. $26.50 ($79.50 after Gates match) goes directly to the Rotary Foundation. $73.50 goes to support the 2017 International Convention.


'I Dream of An Empty Ward'

Experience the world of Alokita, a young adult who was paralyzed by polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. ”Polio is a disease that keeps on affecting the person. It comes in childhood but it doesn’t stop there. It deteriorates the quality of our life,” Alokita says.  

Rotary, with the support of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced the VR film, which debuted on World Polio Day 2016. 

Join in the Celebration of "If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!"
District Governor Nick Frankle's
Step-Down Event and Awards Luncheon
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:30AM- 1:30PM
Los Robles Greens Golf Course
299 S Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
District Governor Nick Frankle invites you to join in the celebration of a great year in Rotary for his
Step-Down and Awards luncheon.  
Clubs and individuals will be recognized for their accomplishments and hard work. 
District Governor Nick will pass the Gavel to District Governor Elect John Weiss. 
Come enjoy a Deli buffet, maybe a little bubbly, and a great fellowship of friends.
$35 Per Person


Last chance to register is June 16th

Registration information: Deborah Linden, (805) 598-5349

Event information: Carol Freeman, (805) 990-4750

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 2017 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,

Nick Frankle, DG

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.
Community Project for 2016
Mary Meyer Lundstrom​ is coordinating a food drive for the Rotary Club of China Lake to help local food pantries.  The Board of Directors has approved an on-going food drive to help those in need in our community.  The First Wednesday of each month members will be asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food to the lunch meeting.  A lot or a little, many cans or just a few......everything will help feed the hungry in our community.
August First Meeting food drive suggestions for local pantries include....
Club Information

Welcome to the hottest Club in District 5240!

China Lake

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Grape Leaf Restaurant
901 N Heritage Dr
Ridgecrest, CA  93555-3151
United States
(760) 446-4707
District Site
Venue Map
Red Badge Club
The Rotary Club of China Lake has a new member program that we call the Red Badge Club.
Derrick Haynes - Mentor Peter Brown 
Steve Martinez - Mentor Bob Gould
Cheryl Saint-Amand - Mentor Mary Lundstrom
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
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Migration challenges inspire Rotary peace scholar

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Rotary praises unsung heroes on World Polio Day

Rotary and the Gates Foundation host fifth annual World Polio Day to highlight progress in the fight to eradicate the