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ELMER R. JORDAN — Past Rotary Club President, Past District Governor 5260, Past Director Rotary International 1991-1993. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of PDG and Past RI Director Elmer Jordan. Elmer's home club, the Rotary Club of Calabasas, submitted the following touching sentiments about him when he was recently awarded the Rotary District 5280 Hall of Fame Award:

There is so much to say about PDG Elmer Jordan, but the words “Rotarian” and “gentleman” are the ones that come to mind first and foremost.  To our Rotary Club, Elmer epitomizes Rotary, always quietly giving advice, only when asked, and practicing what Rotary stands for, in his actions, in his speech and in all of his behaviors.  Calabasas Rotary club was the most fortunate of Clubs when PRID Elmer needed to change Rotary Clubs due to driving distance and he selected Calabasas as his new Club.  He embraced the move into District 5280 and offered his unfailing support and encouragement to Club members and to our Club, always urging “get involved”, especially into district positions.

Did you know that World Polio Day will be celebrated on October 24th?   We have much to celebrate, as the number of cases that have been reported in 2017 is just nine (9) as of the end of August.  We need to keep our fellow Rotarians, friends and family members aware that we haven't reached the finish line yet!
 
The year 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.   Wouldn't it be wonderful if every Rotarian in our District 5280 would donate at least $19 or $20 to finish the job of eliminating polio forever? Already this year, so many Rotarians and clubs throughout the District have contributed to Polio Plus.  Rob's Run was a wonderful kick-off event to publicize and raise funds for Polio Plus!
In January 2017, over 100 Rotarians from District 5280 traveled to Merida, Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula) to make a difference. Among the many service projects, our Rotarians planted trees, rehabilitated a rural elementary school, volunteered at a diabetes clinic, provided musical instruments to an after school program, provided kitchen appliances and supplies to a special needs school, and so much more. Watch the video to see how Rotary is making a difference. 
As part of the Rotary Club of Westchester's Global Grant project with Safe Place For Youth (S.P.Y.), the club is looking to connect Rotarians with homeless youth for mentoring, internships, and job placement.
 
If you can help and/or hire S.P.Y. youth, click here.
 
To learn more about Safe Place For Youth's mission and how they are changing the landscape for homeless youth, visit their website
Are you looking for a good speaker for your Rotary club meeting? Look no further! District 5280 has a brand new Speakers Directory. Check out the Speakers Directory for speakers (Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike) on a variety of topics. The site will continue to be populated throughout the year. Learn More. 
Rotary's new member benefits program gives Rotary members access to discounts on a variety of products and services selected with their interests in mind. Rotary Global Rewards offers discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. More products and services from companies around the world will be added throughout the year. Check back often to see what’s new in Rotary Global Rewards. Learn more.